Thursday, September 27, 2007
Over the summer our satellite cable provider, Orbit, rejiggered all of our channels. When we got back we discovered that every channel was in a new spot. It's seriously taken us a month and a half to find our Cartoon Network and favorite movie channel - they're now up in the mid-500s.

(No, we don't actually have 500 channels, there are lots of radio channels in there, and a bunch of blank ones, too).

Anyway, like I said, this week we discovered the mid-500s. You know what's in there? Al Jazeera International - the 24-hour all-news channel.

Now, I know what some of you might be thinking, and no, it's not 24-hours a day of Osama bin Laden videos, nor is it an al-Qaeda propaganda machine. That'd be like saying Fox News is the George W. Bush channel because they show his press conferences.

Okay, bad example.

Seriously though, Al Jazeera International is actually quite a bit like CNN's Headline News, where the same stories play every 30 minutes. But it has a more international feel to it. Yesterday the stories were about the GM/UAW strike, the Buddhist monks protesting the military regime in Myanmar and a 27,000 worker strike at one of Egypt's largest textile mills.

Nothing too revolutionary about that.

In fact, it's a little refreshing to watch 30 minutes of news that's not Larry Craig, Barry Bonds, OJ Simpson or Hilary Clinton.

I'm still not sure if this is the same channel as Al Jazeera English that started last fall. Does anyone even get that on their cable back home?

Either way, it's our new favorite channel. If only they could get the Middle East broadcast rights to Meet the Press with Tim Russert and Countdown with Keith Olbermann (who are both currently on Orbit News) then Al Jazeera International would be perfect ...
posted by Josh at 1:01 PM |