DARIEN, Conn. — Darien residents can now watch their favorite town board and commission meetings streaming live on the Internet.
“We used to be available only on Cablevision and only to subscribers in Darien,” says TV79 General Manager and founder, David Dever. “But now anybody can watch our programming on any device … computer, tablet or smartphone … and see the same stream of programming as on our cable TV channel.”
In addition, all TV79 programs are archived on its Vimeo channel, for on-demand viewing online. Launched in January 2015, the TV79 Vimeo channel has had over 8,000 viewings of more than 200 programs since inception.
“Our goal has always been to bring Town government to Darien residents,” says Program Director Jim Cameron. “Whether you watch a Board of Selectman meeting live on Cablevision, a day later on Vimeo or stream the video to your iPad on your commute home from Grand Central, you can now keep up with what’s happening in Town that affects your life.”
The new video stream is made possible by a partnership with the Darien Board of Education, whose information technology team established the feed. Staffed by volunteer leaders, TV79 is funded by grants from the Area Nine Cable Council and the town budget.
The station’s operations are overseen by the TV79 Advisory Board following operating guidelines established by the Board of Selectmen.
To better gauge the viewing patterns of its audience, TV79 is conducting an online survey. Residents are encouraged to take the nine-question survey here .
For the link to TV79’s new “Internet stream” as well as information about the station’s programming, visit the channel's webpage here .
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