A test run Tuesday of a new plan to livestream county commission meetings went well, so that’s how you can tune in every other week to the drama.
Forgotten Coast TV, the county’s local cable channel, will begin airing the county meetings in June, part of a six-month, $6,000 deal that ensures that at least the next 12 meetings will be livestreamed.
“Live streaming is new to us at FCTV and we are looking forward to providing this service to the citizens of Franklin County,” said Royce Rolstad, president of FCTV.
The meetings will be live streamed to Forgotten Coast TV’s YouTube Channel and will not be live on the cable channel itself. The meetings then will air the Monday following the Tuesday meeting on FCTV’s cable channel on Mediacom Channel 12 and 94.1.
The meetings will also be archived on FCTV’s YouTube Channel for future viewing.
Rolstad said the equipment he purchased has a lot of capability to enhance viewer’s enjoyment.
“People have asked us for years if we could broadcast live on TV and we just don’t have the capability to do that,” said Rolstad. “With this new technology people can watch it live online as the meeting is happening.”
He said people can view the YouTube videos, on a smartphone or a tablet, and even on a home television.. “If they have a smart TV they can go to YouTube and watch it,” he said.
People who want to make a public comment will have to telephone in, as they have been doing.
County Coordinate Michael Morón said the telephone broadcast had been running six cents a minute per caller, but he’s lowered that to two cents a minute. He said the idea is to allow this call-in only during the public comment section, and then shut it off as the YouTube livestream continues to run.
Rolstad, who has been broadcasting the commission meetings since 2007, although not live, said he is excited about the possibilities here.
“The program allows me to run videos inside the program itself,” he said. “If I get the Power Point presentations in advance, I can import it into this program.
“I’m starting with two cameras, may move to three,” he said. “I can even use an iPhone as a camera.”