Darien’s Channel 79 streaming on-line
After more than a decade airing town meetings on Channel 79 within town borders, meetings and other content will now be available on the Internet in real time through a joint project with the Board Of Education.
“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.”
The channel operated by Dever and town resident Jim Cameron has offered archived meetings for on-demand viewing on a TV79 Vimeo channel launched in January. Since then, viewers have logged on more than 8,000 times to watch more than 200 available programs.
“Our goal has always been to bring town government to Darien residents,” said Cameron , who is the program director. “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.”
TV79 is funded by grants from the Area Nine Cable Council and the town budget, and operations are overseen by the TV79 Advisory Board following operating guidelines established by the Board of Selectmen.
To gauge the public’s behavior for accessing the channel, TV79 is conducting an on-line survey accessible at surveymonkey.com/r/K72MFS5.
To find the link to TV79’s new “internet stream” as well as information about the station’s programming, visit DarienCT.gov/TV79