Tonight MSNBC re-airs the disturbingly-still-very-relevant Hubris: Selling the Iraq War documentary, hosted by Rachel Maddow, and based on the bestselling book by David Corn and Michael Isikoff.
Because this was produced by MSNBC’s documentary department and not TRMS, we can’t cut it into clips for watching online later. BUT!… You can still watch it online as a whole episode through Now.msnbc.com (which is also what powers the video in the MSNBC app).
Now, if you’re like me, you’ll get to the login page asking for your cable provider and say, Aw screw it. After the jump I’ll tell you a story about why it’s worth the trouble…
Last week my TV broke. With the help of this guy and this funny, kind of batty guy, I hope to fix the TV myself, but in the short term I was stuck this week. My recourse was to seek out online solutions to TV watching. The Now.msnbc.com page was my first stop. So if you ever have the misfortune of being stuck without a TV with which to watch your TV shows, now is as good a time as any to set yourself up so you can take advantage of the online alternatives.
In my case, my cable provider, Time Warner Cable isn’t on the list -not even the long list- of providers to let me watch MSNBC through that player. But it turns out TWC does have a player of its own and I was able to get MSNBC through that.
Later in the week, when everyone was talking about World Cup games, I went to my new TWC discovery and clicked on the ESPN to watch. That channel told me I couldn’t watch it there. But lo and behold, ESPN also has a player and with my Time Warner Cable login I was able to get into that and watch World Cup games that way.
Obviously (or maybe I’m just old-fashioned), running around the internet to find your TV is not better than watching TV on actual TV. But until the industry works that problem out, at least it can be helpful to have your cable provider account already set up if you find your cord unwittingly cut.