|Posted : 11 Jan, 2016 12:17:33
Amazon to stream Obama’s final State of the Union address
US President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address will be available to stream via Amazon Video — a first that recognizes the changes in American’s media viewing habits.
Amazon Video will make Tuesday night’s speech available free and on-demand across various Internet-connected devices beginning Wednesday. Obama’s past addresses also will be available.
“Whether you use a smart TV, Web browser, mobile device, or tablet there’s a way for you to watch the President’s speech as it happens and on-demand,” wrote White House Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman in a blog post describing the various ways people can see Obama’s speech.
In 1923, Calvin Coolidge’s voice was heard in living rooms across the country in the first presidential address to be broadcast on radio. Twenty-four years later, Harry Truman was the first to deliver a televised State of the Union speech.
President George W. Bush was the first to offer a live webcast of the speech in 2002. Obama, whose campaign deftly harnessed social media in his successful 2008 election bid, was the first president to offer real-time excerpts of the State of the Union on Facebook and Twitter, live GIFs on Tumblr, six-second video snippets on Vine, and photos on Instagram.
The State of the Union begins at 6 pm PT on Tuesday, according to media reports. -abdullah