Monday, May 18, 2015

Goverment Access TV

Last week at TM, I made a resolution that stated the Assistant Town Manager direct the Media Services Manager to make availble ALL government recorded shows on the Town's web site via "on demand". The reolution also calls for the Media Services manger to produce and air shows that are comparable  to cable industry standards in sound, lighting and production quality. The resoltuion also directs the Media Services manager to stop producing and airing non goveremntal shows and to tkae down shows that have nothing to do with goveremnt meetings.

As of today, the wishes of the vast majority of Town Meetings members who voted for the resolution have been ignored. The airing of the Town Meetings are the wrong size for TV. It appears that the other recorded shows like the Planning board, ZBA, Disability commission and BOS are shot with HD cameras, thus the broadcast picture fits the TV screen well, but not Town Meeting.

Now that Goveremnt Access has a HD channel (99), anything shot in Standard definition has to be converted over to HD to fit the TV screen at home.  Cable subscribers deserve the best quality programming possible and it's certainly within the media service responsibility to do so.


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