Do you like following the news? The Internet Archive has just announced the launch of its TV News Archive of 350,000 broadcasts.
If you don't already know about the Internet Archive, you should. This massive project based in San Francisco attempts to archive the entire Internet on a regular basis through its Wayback Machine. This is not 100% successful, also webpages and entire sites can be excluded using the robots.txt exclusion protocol, but along with the smaller but growing Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive is an international treasure.
The Internet Archive is constantly expanding: the Wayback Machine archives pages; the Archive and Project Gutenberg add publications; and others - including you - can add to it by opening an account and uploading, but be careful about copyright because sometimes they can be a bit finicky.
Their own latest contribution is TV News Search & Borrow. US-oriented including Spanish broadcasts, it has what appear to be unusual terms and conditions. New programmes can be borrowed on DVD for a hefty fee, which indicates this is a service that will be used primarily by institutions. The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is already offering a similar service.
It will probably be a while before the people running the Internet Archive realise that copyright is more trouble than it is worth, but it already has tons of news programmes, documentaries and clips which can be found by a keyword search on its HomePage.
The Internet Archive also has a massive Live Music Archive, which at around 10.30 London time this morning boasted 106,898 items from 5,451 bands. Unlike the new TV news services, these won't cost you a cent, like all the other videos and audio recordings, books and magazines you can download from what is unquestionably the largest on-line collection in existence.