Msnbc.com’s interactive debate video player, launched on Friday at politics.msnbc.com in time for the first presidential contest, allows viewers to watch or re-watch the debate footage and jump ahead to specific topics by clicking on one of twenty keywords.
The player has a timeline showing at what points each candidate discusses the keywords, so a viewer who wants to watch John McCain talk about “terrorists” or Obama talk about “Wall Street” can easily navigate their way to those segments.
Analysis provided by NBC News is integrated into the experience with dots along the timeline that expand into text screens.
Users will be able to embed the debate player into blogs and websites in the near future. The player will have coverage of all of the debates, including the vice presidential debate Thursday.
The full press release about the debate video player can be read here.
—Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer