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Many Comments on Video Library Received

October 13, 2009

There have been many comments received on the new Video Library design during the last month. We are reading all of them and are working to make improvements in our released beta version. Some users are concerned that the new design it is not as easy to find current programs or programs in categories such as Washington Journal or Q&A which used to be displayed prominently on the front page. The front page does display all recent programs in the order that they have aired. The tab showing the latest programs that have aired can be changed to show today’s events. This is the same information that was found in the old Video Library. It is now just in a different place.

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On the right side of the front page is a dropdown that allows one to select categories of programs. By default it is set to All Categories. When this dropdown is selected, you can narrow the selection by choosing a specific category. An example is shown below. Selecting Call-In, Communicators, or Congressional Committees will give the same specific listings that were formerly found on the front page.
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The new Browse feature we are currently designing will introduce new ways to browse program categories without using the search feature. With each new improvement the C-SPAN Video Library should become easier to use. We will continue to read the comments and take them into consideration as we design these new features.

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  • It is now harder to find archived congressional hearings. I used to get them easily by pulling up the date and would get the programming for the entire day on other shows as well. Please consider going back to that format. Thank you.

  • And what about the date and time aired for various programming? This seems like an easy fix.

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  • The new site doesn’t list the people involved in the hearings like the old site. That information is very helpful and should be considered.

  • I had a bookmark on Barack Obama’s 2004 keynote speech to use in my Communications class, and now it no longer works and I cannot find it when going through a new search.

  • So, how do I find all the airings times, like that tab on the old site details page? That information is gone, and is not hiding anywhere. It was just removed.

  • Thanks for the great improvements with the C-SPAN Archive video player.

    Do you have plans to replace the less functional C-SPAN.org player with the new Archives video player? I find myself coming here to watch Washington Journal segments instead of the main Journal page.

  • Would it be possible to make Washington Journals from earlier in the week available as podcasts?

  • I find it very difficult to use your website to find house and senate hearings, either by using the name of the committee chair, one of the witnesses, the topic, and/or the committee title in my search terms. It used to be relatively easy before you reorganized the cspan site. I liked the way you were organized before much better.

  • Do you offer video podcasts to iphone or other mobile users?

    Ted Talks does a terrific job offering its free videos for use on the iphone.

    This would be terrific for your archives.

    Perhaps you could offer a mixture of free and paid content to help support and spread your mission.

    Let me know. I’m an avid user of Ted Talks on the iphone as well as the audio casts from NPR.

    Jeff