Bellaire residents interested in watching city council meetings on television may have an easier time doing so now that the city has purchased a new camera. Hearing the broadcasts will be easier within the month, as the city has ordered audio upgrades as well.
Council began discussions last month on the possibility of ditching the current cable broadcast, provided by Comcast, in favor of an internet-based service, such as AT&T U-Verse.
“We decided regardless where we end up, first thing is to replace the camera,” said City Manager Bernie Satterwhite at Monday’s council meeting. “No matter what option we were going to take, we needed to replaced the camera.”
Satterwhite said the city is still discussing options for the broadcasts. The advantage to the Internet-based service is that viewers can have simultaneous access to the council’s agenda; that council videos can be archived for records storage, and that viewers can skip ahead to any agenda item that catches their attention, Satterwhite said.
And, under a franchise agreement with the state of Texas, AT&T would provide equipment to get the service started,