The channel, called Elections ’08 On Demand, lets people watch videos whenever they want, much the way they can on YouTube or the Web sites of television networks. People can tune into the channel to see an infomercial for Barack Obama, coverage of the Democratic National Convention, or historical clips like Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Daisy” ad.
So far the nascent channel offers only about eight hours of programming. The channel is available by the six partners of Canoe Ventures: Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cablevision Systems, Charter Communications, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks.
The most polished pieces on Elections ’08 are short documentaries produced by the History Channel. One tells of how Theodore Roosevelt’s third-party run in 1912 earned his party the nickname “Bull Moose”; another spotlights the well-known tank ride by Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis in 1988. There are items about Richard M. Nixon’s Checkers speech, John F. Kennedy’s speech on Catholicism in politics, and Lloyd Bentsen’s line to Dan Quayle in a 1988 vice-presidential debate: “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”