Resolutions 2024: Make Your City’s Council Meeting Videos More Accessible In The New Year

Updated: Jan 04, 2024

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We’re wishing a very Happy New Year to the crew of Station Managers, Video Services Managers, Programming Directors, Telecommunication Managers, and Public Information Offices our there that make up our Cablecast user community. As it’s that time of year when folks are recommitting to fitness, focus, or new ventures, we’re offering some advice on how to improve accessibility on video content services like on-demand City Council Meetings and or live local election coverage in your town using your Cablecast video automation system.

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Add branded streaming apps. Through Cablecast REFLECT, your station is included in the list of streaming channels on the basic Cablecast streaming app. However, Branded Streaming Apps can set your channel apart from the pack in its very own app, customized with your channel name, logo, and other branding elements, as well as a direct listing in the app store for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android mobile, iPhone and iPad. Launching Branded Streaming Apps with Cablecast also offers your city a turnkey experience that significantly lowers the cost and hassle of developing a mobile and OTT streaming app. It’s simple: you send us brand assets, and we build an app for all of the streaming platforms you choose. Voila! You’ve suddenly expanded your city’s accessibility to all the fastest-growing media platforms AND made civic engagement in your city available on the go! That sounds way better than giving up donuts.

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Try out our translations. If you are currently using Cablecast for your video automation and streaming, you likely already know about Cablecast Closed Captioning, our affordable, cloud-based transcription service that lets you create custom vocabularies to make sure local names and locations aren’t misspelled. But did you know we can create live, automated multi-language translations, too? Cablecast Translate significantly reduces your city’s cost to provide live automated transcription in the most common U.S. languages including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Dutch captions on your live programming. It’s a great way to increase civic engagement in your multicultural community – and we support more than 70 languages for file-based VOD content, too. Take a look at the workflow in this quick Cablecast Translate Demo Video (Heads up, we require a valid email address to view this demo).

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Invest in training and assistance hours. Whether you’re adding new components to your city’s video distribution or making sure you get the most from what you already have, Cablecast offers flexible training and assistance hours with our Customer Success team to get your city off on the right foot in 2024. Our team can set up a new OTT channel for you or teach your team the most efficient ways to manage a captioning and translation workflow. It’s your time, so you can choose how to spend it. No matter how you approach that accessibility upgrade this year, the Cablecast Customer Success Team is here to help.  Check out all of our professional service offerings.

Upgrade your Assurance. Now that you've maximized your reach and accessibility, ensure uninterrupted service delivery by protecting your investment. Your Cablecast system comes with free technical support, which includes off-air support during business hours and bug-fix software releases. However, we also offer additional packages that protect you against unforeseen circumstances and offer continued feature additions. Premium assurance packages are comprehensive and surprisingly affordable to mitigate interruptions to streaming video or closed captioning delivery due to things like internet outages, power outages, and more! For example, some packages provide blanket coverage on your entire system, after-hours off-air support, and include a  loner system if your hardware needs off-site repair. Contact our team to learn more about Assurance options for your Cablecast system.

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