The memorial service for Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, who had died on June 25th 2009 is going to start on 10 AM (Pacific Time UTC-7) or 1 PM (Eastern Time UTC-4), July 7 2009 at Staples Center arena at Los Angeles, California of United States. Staples Center is also the place where Michael Jackson last rehearsed and prepared for This Is It concerts in London.
With more than 1.6 million people went after only 17,500 lottery-draw entrance tickets to the official memory service for Michael Jackson at Staples Center and another 6,500 tickets for watching a simulcast in the nearby Nokia Theater, most has been left disappointed. Together with millions worldwide, it’s still possible to watch the memorial service, live on TV or via live streaming online on the web.
The Michael Jackson funeral will likely to be one of the most-watched events in entertainment history, exceeding 300 million and up to 1 billion online and offline, according to various pundits’ estimates, eclipsing that of Elvis Presley in 1977, which attracted 77,000 people, and of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, which saw 250,000 people gather in Hyde Park alone. The global audience is like to exceed viewers of inauguration of President Barack Obama too.
Thus, Micheal Jackson funeral cum memorial service will be broadcasting live (in fact most already started the coverage) on several TV and cable channels around the world, including news channel such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Sky News, and entertainment channels such as MTV, BET, E! Online, BBC Two, TV3, Sky Arts and RTÉ Two. Apple will stream the event to iPhone owners too.
Those who can’t receive above channels or don’t live near a place where public screenings are held can watch the live stream of the memorial and funeral of MJ online. Here’s a brief list of available online live video streaming which Michael Jackson memorial service and funeral coverage:
- CNN.com Live with Facebook
- MTV Asia
- USA Today
- ABC News
- Fox News on Hulu (USA Only)
- CBS News
- ET Online
- E! Online