Blackstone cable access technician and operator Paul Jacob sits in the control room at Blackstone Town Hall. Jacob recently installed a new streaming and on-demand video service that is now operational on the townâ€™s municipal web site.
BLACKSTONE â€” Town cable access technician and operator Paul Jacob says it's now easier than ever to stay informed when it comes to municipal government proceedings in Blackstone.
The town has unveiled a new streaming and on-demand video service that is operational on the Blackstone municipal government web site at www.townofblackstone.org.
Jacob, who has been running Blackstone's local cable access operations for the past nine years, says the new streaming video and on-demand service allows residents to watch from their computers pre-recorded meetings of the Board of Selectmen and other town boards and committees.
The Board of Selectmen approved the new service in December and it went online on Jan. 1.
The town is using a PEG Central web hosting and streaming video-on-demand server, which makes it easy to deliver high quality video to a worldwide audience through a customized website, Jacob noted. The service includes an online video library with hundreds of hours of storage for videos, and bandwidth for streaming videos to thousands of viewers.
"We had to purchase some new equipment to make it happen so now we're recording on two different drives, one for the cable and video and one for the Internet," says Jacob, adding that the new equipment was installed between Christmas and New Year's Day.
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