City to Re-Try Live Web Streaming of Meetings

Initial test of live streaming failed due to City’s firewall.

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published January 28, 2010 (ONLINE ONLY)

A non-profit organization hired to televise and stream city council meetings will try again to broadcast a live video feed of an upcoming meeting.

“Community Media of the Foothills (CMF) will be conducting a test just before the next City Council meeting to determine if live Internet video streaming works yet or not,” wrote assistant to the city manager Gary Flod in the weekly’s city manager’s report on October 1, 2009.

CMF had attempted to broadcast the previous city council meeting live, but failed due to the City’s firewall protection.

“A similar test before the last Council meeting did not work due to some problems with the City’s firewall configuration,” Flod said.

Assuming the issues have been corrected, the first live web broadcasting of a city council meeting will occur next Tuesday, October 6.

In April, the City Council selected Community Media of the Foothills to film city council meetings. Replays of meetings have been available since June 16.

To prepare for live video streaming of meetings, City Hall underwent an infrastructure upgrade this summer for higher speed Internet service.

“The new Internet service will provide up to 3 Mbps (Megabytes per second), allowing for the live video streaming of City Council meetings,” wrote the assistant to the city manager in August.

Right now, Temple City residents can view past meetings online at http://www.kgem.tv/category/temple-city or the most recent meeting on the Charter Cable Television Channel. On Channel 55, the public can watch the City Council at 7:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. (However, beginning in January 2010, the City’s government channel will move from Channel 55 to Channel 3.)

Under the contract signed, Community Media of the Foothills will be paid $600 per meeting. CMF will work to televise and stream regular and city council meetings only.

Based in Monrovia, CMF has experience with recording city council meetings. The non-profit organization has worked with the cities of Monrovia, San Marino, and Sierra Madre.

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