TV Finds Its Niches on the Internet

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Aided by the growth of broadband, online television can no longer be dismissed as a novelty, even if the economics of the medium are murky.

As Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans, two newsmen sat in a television studio, calmly talking to viewers about the storm. They were not the only broadcast journalists in the city — networks and cable news outlets had sent reporters.

But these two men were not visitors. They were news anchors at WDSU-TV, a station based in New Orleans. And although they were professional, composed and even managed a bit of self-deprecating humor, the fact that this was happening to the city where they lived and worked heightened the emotion of the broadcast.

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