The pandemic may have turned the usually packed Times Square New Year's Eve festivities into a virtual countdown, but Countdown Entertainment and Times Square Alliance are prepared, once again offering free HD satellite/fiber feeds and--for streaming sites or media web sites--an embeddable webcast of the iconic ball-drop in Times Square.
It is a Waterford Crystal ball in which virtual participants are undoubtedly hoping to see a brighter future in 2021.
Live coverage from proprietary camera locations, complete with ambient sounds will include the lighting and raising of the ball at 6 p.m. EST, followed by hourly countdowns, live music from Grammy winner Gloria Gaynor (she of the pandemically appropriate “I Will Survive”)and the official button-pushing (a Waterford Crystal button no less) at midnight.
The feed--more information is provided here.-is free for use on a non-exclusive basis to any media organization for use in creating video programming about the event.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.