MSN to webcast Times Square New Year's eve celebration live

MUMBAI: A full century after the first official New Year celebration in New York City's Times Square, people around the world will be able to experience this New Year's Eve tradition in a way, which was never available before. MSN, which is the exclusive online provider of the official Times Square New Year's Eve 2005 celebration, will be providing an exclusive live webcast on MSN Video.



Starting around 6 pm (EST), when the organisers light and raise the world-famous New Year's Eve Ball atop One Times Square, and continuing through the ball drop at midnight, MSN Video viewers will be able to select from three streams that will capture all the revelry. The webcast will end at 12:15 am.

In addition to the Times Square New Year's Eve world feed and individual environment cameras, MSN will host the first ever Times Square New Year's Eve 2005 webcast with New York City's own Z100 radio personality Romeo leading the festivities.



The collaboration between the Times Square Alliance, Countdown Entertainment, Clear Channel Entertainment TV and MSN allows millions to share in the excitement of the 100th anniversary of the New Year's Eve celebration at Times Square. Limelight Networks will support the streaming video for this unique online experience.



"The Times Square 2005 MSN webcast demonstrates how interactive digital media can enable people to not only share but participate in the excitement," said MSN director Adam Sohn. "It illustrates how digital media can provide coverage of live events beyond what a viewer can get on TV."

"The Internet has become a widely accepted medium for viewers around the world to access live entertainment," said Limelight Networks vice president business development Erik Gabler. "We are excited to support this trend by delivering high-resolution video streams across our scalable distribution platform on New Year's Eve."

The Times Square 2005 MSN Video webcast will break periodically to stream advertisements live from select companies, offering advertisers a new way to reach an audience that was previously available only via broadcast TV.

The Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration on MSN Video can be viewed at

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