C-SPAN, stands for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, is an American TV channel that broadcasts live proceedings of the United States federal government, as well as other public affairs programming. It was founded in 1979 with the aim to provide uninterrupted live coverage of the United States Senate.
C-SPAN has rapidly improved its online presence. In January 1997, C-SPAN began real-time streaming, the first time that Congress had been live streamed online. Currently, the live stream mostly covers selected well-publicized events of Congress. The C-SPAN channel aims to offer live coverage of the U.S. House and Senate and is available via internet streaming, and globally through apps for iOS, BlackBerry, and Android devices. C-SPAN occasionally adds live streaming to its Facebook page from 2011.
Programming mostly features uninterrupted live public affairs events, in particular, political events from Washington, D.C. are comprehensively covered. Important debates in Congress that C-SPAN has covered live to let you know who says what. When the House or Senate is not in session, C-SPAN channels broadcast other public affairs programming and recordings of previous events.
It not only airs U.S. political events and U.S. Congress but also provide live coverage to occasional proceedings of the Canadian, Australian and British Parliament. From political and policy events to interview programs with noteworthy individuals associated with public policy, C-SPAN televises everything happening in a real-time.