Here is a quick tip send in by Alex who is a regular reader and commenter here at Ghacks. If you want to watch CNN live and all other methods and applications do not seem to work right now you might want to try the following easy method providing that you have access to a computer with Windows Media Player installed.
Might be just what you need to watch the current US elections live but it is of course working all the time not only during the elections.
To start open Windows Media Player. Press the keyboard combination [CTRL U] to open a small window where an url of a media stream can be entered. Paste the following url in the form exactly as it is shown below:
Hit ok to load the stream. It usually takes a few seconds before the stream becomes active due to the buffering process. After that everything should run smooth and fine.
The screenshot above was taken from the live CNN stream. It works pretty well. Any tips to get this running on different operating systems or media players? Let us know!
Update: The CNN live stream is no longer working. Interestingly enough, there is another option to watch CNN live, and this option is provided by CNN itself. Head over to http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=stream1 and you should see the CNN live stream right in the browser you are opening the link with. Note that you do need Adobe Flash installed in the browser to watch the stream, and that it opens in a popup.
I highly recommend to click no when the Adobe Flash Player Enhancement popup appears on the screen as it is not required to view the CNN stream in the browser.
While that is not the same as watching the stream in a media player, it is better than nothing I guess.