N E W S R E L E A S E
Aug. 9, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jody Puckett, Communications Director
County offers unique mobile video services
The James City County Communications Department, in partnership with EarthChannel, now offers a new media streaming format that is optimized for viewing on mobile devices, as well as desktop computers. Utilizing the h.264 standard already widely used in the cable and television industries, viewers with Apple iPhones/iPads and other mobile devices are now able to watch JCC TV live at jamescitycountyva.gov/jcctvlive and view recent meetings on demand at jamescitycountyva.gov/jcctvondemand.
"James City County is proud to be one of only a handful of localities worldwide to offer live streaming video to its mobile residents," said Jody Puckett, County Communications Director. "We're excited to provide access to all of our meetings, both live and on demand to our residents, wherever they happen to be."
The County now offers residents the opportunity to access previous Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Wetlands/Chesapeake Bay Board meetings via their mobile devices as well as their desktop computers. Each meeting is indexed, or broken into several chapters, to make it easier for viewers to skip to specific agenda items. Also incorporated into both desktop and mobile platforms is the ability to view the supporting County documents for each agenda item.
The new system also makes it easy to share video clips via email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
"James City County is at the forefront in utilizing the latest advancements in technology to achieve the highest levels of Open Government," said Michael Ashby, EarthChannel VP of Sales/Support. "One of the hallmarks of a great locality is its ability to share information easily with constituents and increasingly, this means expanding their reach to include mobile users. James City County is now offering a unified and consistent experience for both desktop and mobile viewers -- ensuring that all relevant data is either a click or a tap away."