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Podcasts & RSS Feed Help

What Are Podcasts?

Podcasting is a way of publishing audio and video broadcasts via the Internet. Specifically, podcasts are feeds (such as RSS feeds) that contain digital audio and video files, such as MP3, MP4 or M4V files.

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What Are RSS Feeds?

RSS feeds are free updated content sent to your computer via the Internet (RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication). The feeds usually contain headlines, article summaries, and links to full articles.

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How Do I Get Podcasts?

You can subscribe to feeds using software that periodically checks for and downloads new content automatically. This software is available on the Web and is generally free.

Below is a sampling of available software programs and services:

Once you subscribe to a podcast, you can either listen/watch it on your computer or transfer it to a portable MP3/video player, such as an iPod.

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How Do I Get RSS Feeds?

To subscribe to RSS feeds, you need to use something called a news reader, or aggregator; there are dozens of news readers available, and many are offered free of charge. Some readers are available as desktop software that you download and install on your computer. Others are Web-based readers that you can access on the Internet.

The following web browsers allow you to subscribe to feeds directly in your browser:

Below is a sampling of available software programs and services:

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Are RSS Feeds and Podcasts FREE?

Yes, both IPTV and PBS offer their Podcasts and RSS feeds to subscribers free of charge.

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