By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Keizer’s government and public access TV channel now streams online.
Residents wanting to watch city council meetings, community events and the like previously had two options: Catch it lives on Comcast’s Channel 23 or view a taped version the next day.
Now at KeizerTV.com, the channel streams live 24 hours a day, every day. Viewers can check it out on their computer, smartphone or tablet.
“A lot of people in Keizer may not have Comcast, so we had to get it out to them in other ways,” said Randy Boeger, who chairs the Keizer 23 Advisory Committee.
Rex Robertson, K-23’s program director, said installing the live stream is a natural extension of why the channel was created in the first place.
“Mayor Lore Christopher’s desire for doing Channel 23 was to reach as many people as possible,” Robertson said. “My job was to figure out how to do that.”
The channel uses Ustream, a popular livestreaming system, to deliver live video. While there are commercials on the streaming version, those are a condition of using Ustream’s free video service as opposed to paid, Robertson said. The ads are sold by the company, not the city or the channel, he added.
Other than that, “it’s exactly like watching Channel 23,” Robertson said.
Events and meetings are archived much like they were before, but have been reorganized into channel buttons for easier location. The new site also allows for commenting and easily sharing videos via social media.