2017’s Top Webcams

(Above: Snowman Cam screenshot, captured live on Dec. 12, 2017)

Judging by the large positive response to our recent story on Meow Manor, readers of The Savvy Screener love webcams (or, at least, cat videos). So we’re happy to report that EarthCam, a webcam service provider, has announced its “25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2017” based on “image quality, uniqueness and overall achievements in webcam technology.”

No cat streams made the list, but dog action as seen in the above video can be found 24/7 via four feeds from different locations at the Happy Hounds Dog Resorts daycare facility in Jacksonville, FL.

Other animal webcams on the list include “Elvis, the King Cobra” from Hatfield, PA; piranha at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta; hummingbirds in Studio City, CA; and the Watkins Glen, NY Farm Sanctuary, founded 31 years ago “to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals”:

If you’re into eating animals, though, you can feast on the live stream from Donair Meat in Halifax, NS, where you can watch the “meat slowly cooking on its vertical rotisserie for hours on end”:

Two of this year’s honorees were lauded for live news coverage: the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL webcam “for providing a safe look at the updating weather conditions” during Hurricane Irma; and the Solar Eclipse Cam, which streamed the event live from Nashville on August 21.

The complete Top 25 list, available at EarthCam.com, can transport you to such sites as Africa’s tallest mountain, the world’s busiest urban intersection, Italy’s largest cathedral, Korea’s Seoul Tower, a Maine hardware store, a hot rod garage, and numerous other locales spanning nine countries.

At this time of year, though, we’d be remiss if we failed to cite the Snowman Cam from Gaylord, MI, where sightings of wild animals have become fan favorites. Here, from last month just before Thanksgiving, watch a fox scare some turkeys:

Finally, as per the countdown clock when you visit EarthCam.com, a reminder that it’s only 19 days until the Times Square New Year’s Eve live stream.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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