In a move that marks a new era of transparency in Rye City government, city council meetings will now be broadcast over the Internet beginning with 2009's first meeting this Wednesday, January 14th.
RyeTV's Nicole Levitsky told MyRye.com Internet broadcasting has been in the works for a while and was finally made a reality after the recent franchise agreements were signed with Verizon and Cablevision. RyeTV chose a service called Peg.TV by TelVue "We had posted a few Council meetings on Google video, but it is a huge file and only worked occasionally. I wanted something more reliable and with complete control over it – not a commercial site," said Levitsky.
Live streaming will not be available because RyeTV still has to transcode/ftp the video (this takes time) but Levitsky reports she expects council meetings to be available on a next day basis.
Once posted on the new RyeTV video site, playbacks of multiple programs including city council meetings, Eye of Rye and other public access shows will be available on demand.
The Rye TV site is already carrying its first two shows: an Eye of Rye with Joe Sack and a short item on Nashville, Tennessee by the "old Garnet Insider" kids Andrew Dapolite, Travis LaBella and Dave Pilla. In his Eye on Rye show, Sack interviews the Rye members of the 2008 Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame - Doris Blank, Ellen “Sis” D’Angelo and Ruth Jaskow.
We hope these cool ladies point out to their grandchildren they can be seen on the net and on demand. Very hip.