Live streaming City Council Meetings!

7/9/2009:

No more waiting for Channel 78!

Seemingly overnight – Hoboken411’s relationship with the City of Hoboken has done a 180!

One such example is the new LIVE streaming videos the city will now provide to it’s residents. (clap clap!)

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This had been on my “to do” list for almost a year – but the investment (both time and money) wasn’t something I could afford yet. Plus the technical limitations using a wireless 3G laptop card to stream live video is a very risky proposition, in which the results are unpredictable. And the hassle of lugging equipment, setting it up, testing it, and monitoring it (rinse and repeat) – was a mountain of a task to do entirely myself. So I put it off. And put it off, and put it off.

So at Peter Cammarano’s Inauguration Ceremony over at Stevens on July 1st – I had a lengthy discussion with Patrick Riccardi, who handles the video recording of the City Council meetings, as well as other city events. I realized that since he has the equipment, and access to a direct hard-wired internet connection at City Hall – it would be best to share the information I had with him. And what a turnaround!

On top of making the city council meetings more accessible to YOU the residents, it also makes his job much more efficient in terms of time required to encode video, process and upload to the city web-server. A win-win proposition all around.

Premieres at the July 22nd Council Meeting

ustream-upcoming-events-city-hall-council-meeting-hoboken-njSo starting at the July 22nd, 2009 Council Meeting – it will be available LIVE online for viewing (barring any last minute technical snafus).

I hope to have it embedded here on Hoboken411 – along with a LIVE CHAT so you can participate in a “play by play” commentary of the council meeting – without getting scolded by the Council President! Not to mention from the comfort of your own home, and away from the torture seating at city hall.

Some discussion came up whether questions should be allowed from online readers. If it were me, I wouldn’t allow it. For one – the potential for hundreds of questions is possible – and if they were moderated, it could cause many complaints. I’d suggest the city employ a policy of “if you want to make a public statement – get your butt to City Hall!” For now, at least. At some point in time – the way news commentators often read from Facebook and Twitter accounts – some kind of provisions could be made for “good questions” submitted by online participants. But that would require some kind of re-structuring of how City Council meetings are run. Baby steps, my friends, baby steps!

GREAT JOB PATRICK for tackling the technical details – and making it happen much quicker than I thought he would!

Welcome to 2009, Hoboken!

(Note – the USTREAM broadcast has many versions of what you can embed – from just the live “on air” version – to a chat box, and even Twitter feeds! It’s the same service Obama used for many of his events during the 2008 Presidential Election campaigns).

This is what the USTREAM video window would look like (but it’s “off the air” now):
Live Videos by Ustream

Hope it works out for the best!
(Another example of how Hoboken411 sets the bar – and is a valuable asset to the city of Hoboken! Let’s see how long it takes for others to pick up on this story – and whether they have the decency to mention 411’s involvement and influence…)

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22 Comments on "Live streaming City Council Meetings!"

NorthKrissy
Member
NorthKrissy

I think we can make this an online wine-tasting event. We can chat about what we’re watching while sipping!

Determined
Member
Determined

Great development. Looking forward to the debut. What about live streaming BoE meetings next?

Caffeine
Member
Caffeine

(Another example of how Hoboken411 sets the bar – and is a valuable asset to the city of Hoboken! Let’s see how long it takes for others to pick up on this story – and whether they have the decency to mention 411’s involvement and influence…)

Hey, H411, I just Twittered this story, and hashtagged it #gov20…so your fans *are* trying to give you love and credit.

timetes
Member
timetes

great…. since we switched to fios we dont have thoes channels for hoboken town hall meetings. Great …. but does anyone have the tape of the last meeting when everyone got swarn in? Id like to see that.

pawzclawz
Member
pawzclawz

I was supposed to get FIOS. They never showed up. I’m glad they didn’t. I did not know that channel 78 was not included. I love watching the meetings on channel 78. I don’t always have the time and patience to attend in person. I never seem to catch it from beginning to end on 78. I just replaced my home computer. It will be great to watch online. My computer at work blocks such things. This is fantastic H411.
Congratulations and Thanks!

In response to timetes who said:
great…. since we switched to fios we dont have thoes channels for hoboken town hall meetings. Great …. but does anyone have the tape of the last meeting when everyone got swarn in? Id like to see that.

Caffeine
Member
Caffeine

This is terrific, h411. Great turnaround.

We still need the cable version, however. I saw a study that suggested that the majority of folks on dial-up are not about to switch to broadband. In some cases, it’s money. (Hey Hoboken, how about some free broadband?) In other cases, users have yet to see the point of switching to high-speed. But I wouldn’t blame this on technophobia.

There are people in the world who have yet to be sold on broadband/gov 2.0, in part because the people selling it don’t do the best sales job. I think this is going to be a bigger and bigger conversation as more of government goes online and the digital divide remains.

bradykp
Member
bradykp

in all seriousness though – http://www.freebroadbandnow.org/

fill out the form and contact your representative….

In response to Caffeine who said:
This is terrific, h411. Great turnaround.

We still need the cable version, however. I saw a study that suggested that the majority of folks on dial-up are not about to switch to broadband. In some cases, it’s money. (Hey Hoboken, how about some free broadband?) In other cases, users have yet to see the point of switching to high-speed. But I wouldn’t blame this on technophobia.

There are people in the world who have yet to be sold on broadband/gov 2.0, in part because the people selling it don’t do the best sales job. I think this is going to be a bigger and bigger conversation as more of government goes online and the digital divide remains.

bradykp
Member
bradykp

http://www.google.com/tisp/

In response to Caffeine who said:
This is terrific, h411. Great turnaround.

We still need the cable version, however. I saw a study that suggested that the majority of folks on dial-up are not about to switch to broadband. In some cases, it’s money. (Hey Hoboken, how about some free broadband?) In other cases, users have yet to see the point of switching to high-speed. But I wouldn’t blame this on technophobia.

There are people in the world who have yet to be sold on broadband/gov 2.0, in part because the people selling it don’t do the best sales job. I think this is going to be a bigger and bigger conversation as more of government goes online and the digital divide remains.

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