FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2007
City's streaming video in national spotlight
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is highlighted in a national magazine for providing greater public access to city government through streaming video. The City's live, on-demand videos and online KCCG-TV2 programming are featured in a cover story in the April edition of "American City and County" magazine. The story is available online at www.americancityandcounty.com/technology/government_served/.
The story cites the streaming video as giving the public greater access to the City's government channel, KCCG-TV2, by streaming news conferences, special events and shows such as "Talk of the Town," "City Works," "Ask Your Councilmember" and "Youth Beat." KCCG-TV2 previously was available only to residents of Kansas City, Mo., who subscribe to Time Warner Cable or Everest Connections, and online at www.kcmo.org/kccg.
The article also mentions that the on-demand video option, which was added in October 2006, helps publicize City Council meetings and allows the public to view meetings and programs simultaneously.
The streaming video system, available with the help of San Francisco-based Granicus, allows viewers to quickly see exactly what they want to see when they want to see it. Viewers also can do key word searches to easily find the desired programming.
This system allows viewers to skip to specific parts of a show or meeting and access additional information on a split screen for all programs that originated within the past calendar year. The additional information could include a meeting's agenda, complete with links about the results of a vote on a particular item of business, or a Web site address where more information about the topic being discussed can be found.