HBO will be broadcasting President-elect Barack Obama’s opening inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18th. The events leading up to the Inauguration on January 20th is being billed as a star-studded event with top performers from the music and entertainment fields. According to Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee, the ceremony will be free and open to the public, but HBO will get the exclusive rights to show it. HBO will make the 9o-minute event available for free to all consumers, regardless if they have a subscription to the premium network.
For those without cable or satellite subscriptions, Brent Colburn, a spokesman for Obama’s inaugural committee, said they “are working on details on how we can amplify the event beyond HBO.”
Entertainment for the event has yet to be announced, but sources have indicated that Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce and Stevie Wonder have been approached about performing some time during the four days of events planned for Obama’s inaugural.
It’s still unclear if the event will be carried live, or via tape delay.