DAILY NEWS Dec 31, 2012 12:01 PM - 0 comments

Live Streams Bring Global New Year's Celebrations Home

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Unrestricted fireworks. Talking cows. Mice on ice. Crystal balls and multiple media platforms, connecting New Year’s Eve revellers around the world.

Among the official and not-so-official events planned as part of tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, live video streams will be available online and on mobile devices from Times Square, Sydney Harbour, Nathan Phillips Square and Reykjavik, Iceland, among many other locations.

Here at home, the Citytv New Year’s Bash 2013 will originate from multiple locations across the country, with media coverage available on Citytv, and through a live video stream at Citytv.com, or on the Citytv Video App for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android.

Mobile app users can also take part in the festivities through the Citytv Social Stream iPad App's second screen experience, and they can chat with other fans, share pictures, and send greetings to loved ones. Live broadcast highlights throughout the night include musical performances by top Canadian and international stars, with an appearance by Disney on Ice planned.

Webcast coverage of Times Square's iconic celebrations and crystal ball drop will be available on many websites, including video stream provider Livestream's New Year's Eve page.

It’s said to be planning a six hour live webcast, with concert coverage, man-in-the-street interviews and more, all documented by a production crew working with more than 20 live camera feeds, as well as integrated social media feeds.

Meanwhile, more than 200,000 residents of Reykjavik will gather for their New Year’s Eve celebrations, and they’ll all be carrying fireworks.

With little or no regulations, the entire population of Reykjavik comes out to create their own fireworks shows, one of the largest such displays of its kind.

The festivities from Iceland will also be streamed online, and punctuated with several magical traditions and folkloric traditions in Iceland that happen on New Year's Eve: cows talk, seals take on human form, the dead rise from their graves and elves move houses.

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