BET’s coverage seems to include an unseen studio audience, which applauds every time they come back from commercials. Anchor (Jeff Johnson) and others at the desk all have laptops open in front of them, and two of the panelists seem very involved in whatever’s on that screen rather than what’s happening on the set around them. There’s a palpable sense of being part of black history in everything they say and do, as if they’ll break out the champagne when Obama gets to 270.

BBC America isn’t nearly as interested in flashy graphics as the US networks. It seems to be entirely about erudite white men spouting opinions you’ve heard a thousand times before elsewhere. On the other hand, this is the only channel whose anchorman has a flower in his lapel.