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2. RI Capitol TV wanted to make recorded
legislative sessions available on their
website for on-demand viewing on
3. There are locations in the Capitol
building where TV coax cable is not
available. Currently, there is no way to
deliver live video from these locations.
It is desirable to stream live video/audio
from these rooms.
4. The IP-based video distribution
system had to work over the existing
capitol wired and wireless Ethernet
net work and not affect the IP connection to the internet.
Capitol TV deployed a DEVOS system from Discover
Video ( discovervideo.com). They use the DEVOS cloud
system for delivery to internal and Internet viewers. The
system cost less than half of the cost of one staff member,
including all software and hardware, encoders, servers,
services, and installation.
It consists of a DEVOS Cloud service and multiple HD
Video Encoders (Spirit and Rover). The DEVOS cloud media
server receives live streams from the Spirit and Rover
encoders and delivers them to interested viewers both
inside and outside the capitol building. The streams are
optimized for viewing on PCs, Macs, and mobile devices.
The H.264 Spirit and Rover encoders are used to stream
the five live Capitol TV channels. The Spirit encoder uses the
latest H.264 encoder which provides a high-quality stream
from the control room. The Rover mobile encoders are used
for delivering live streams from remote locations in the capitol
building that are not connected directly to the TV station.
“Installation was pretty fast and easy, just a few hours”
according to Hayes. “We have two fixed live encoders and two
laptop ‘Rover’ encoders that allows us to produce live content
from virtually any where. We simply start the encoders and we
are on the air, and they simultaneously record and automatically
upload the session for video-on-demand viewing. Then we add
titles, descriptions, and other metadata to make searching fast
and easy for our users”.
There were a few bumps in the road. The Capitol TV staff
were purely TV broadcasters and did not have much experience
with online systems. Getting into the new workflow took a little
time, but “it was remarkably easy.” Discover Video provided
onsite training and support.
Another group was charged with the integration of the
online portal with the Rhode Island Legislator’s website.
Because the DEVOS system supports embed codes, the web
developers decided to post the live video players independently
of the video-on-demand listings and make other style choices.
Today the system has more than 5,000 VOD assets with
new content added almost every day, five live channels, and
32 different collections. Viewing peaked during the legislative
season in May 2013 with about 15,000 viewers.
The Discover Video solution has allowed the RI legislatures
and staffs to keep track of key sessions from their offices and
from the outside the capitol building. To view a live session,
they just go the RI Capitol TV webpage ( rilin.state.ri.us/Cap TV/)
and click on the icon. Instantly the live feed is forwarded to
them for viewing on any device. In addition, if they missed a
live session, the legislatures and staffs can review it on-demand
from any where.
In addition, Rhode Island citizens can view any session
from any location. The video streams are compatible with
computers and mobile devices. Recently, RI Capitol TV added
the Roku feature, which allows anyone with a Roku box to
watch the live or recorded content.
ABOUT DISCOVER VIDEO
Discover Video provides enterprise level streaming products
and services. DEVOS is an award winning video platform for live
streaming, video on demand, and digital signage. It is available for
on-premises deployment (software and hardware) or as a cloud
based service. The system can deliver thousands of live streams
to any device and can hold thousands of hours of recorded videos
for video on demand. Content is organized in folders (channels)
so that viewers can find and watch selected sessions easily. It is
used by education (k12 schools and universities), corporations,
hospitals, and government agencies. www.discovervideo.com