If you’d like to watch a giant, illuminated ball drop a Snooki (not a euphemism… yet) on Times Square, but the thought of standing in a crowded tourist trap with what seems like 85 billion strangers — icy shards of snow and herpes flowing freely through the air — repels and tires you, rest easy. You can still be a part of the action thanks to The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment. The two are partnering once again this year to offer free HD and SD satellite feeds of Times Square’s iconic New Year’s Eve Celebration. The feeds are available — for free! — to domestic and international television outlets, mobile phone TV providers, IPTV, vlogs and user generated content sites. Additionally, Taio Cruz’s live performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” will also be available on the feed just before the ball drops. So you can imagine no possessions! (Brought to you by Pepsi Co, Starbucks and Target.)
Satellite coordinates and feed information is available online right over here.
Livestream will offer an international, six and a half hour webcast of the Times Square NYE festivities, which will include coverage of the night’s hourly countdowns, ball raising ceremony (lol), stage performances and special guests.
Plus, a free, non-commercial widget featuring the Livestream video player will be offered for bloggers and others on the web to embed in their own sites.
See? New Year’s Eve fun, all without leaving your home or that of your “friends.”
Additional information on the widget (including the official press release) is available here: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/nye/2011widgets.html.