'Just the news?' - just any data, for free, from the sky = awesome. GRIB data, news - when you're at sea for over a month, no signals beyond a scratchy, faded HF signal - seeing data accumulate for you is awesome.
I think until you understand the true isolation of parts of our planet, it might be hard to fathom just how valuable Outernet is. Of course the relatively small amount of data seems pointless if you're in reach of your cell phone, your computer, the TV and 12 friends - but when you're in the middle of nowhere, this is water to your desert.