This was a future agenda item requested by Councilman Adkisson.
Facebook live is a live free live streaming service offered by Facebook with an account. Essentially all you need is a smart phone and internet connection.
The City of Coalinga currently has a Facebook account and would be able to stream City Council meetings via facebook live but there are things to consider when using Facebook Live as the only form broadcast.
- Facebook Live only lets you stream content to Facebook.
- Not every one of your residents spends a lot of time on Facebook or even has an account.
- Limitations on audio
- Dealing with interruptions in service.
- Buffering Issues
- The City would not own the content
- Limited Archiving Capability
This does not mean that using Facebook Live is a bad solution however, it may not be the best "only" streaming solution of City Council meetings. The only equipment needed to stream via Facebook Live would be a phone/tablet, camera/phone stand and wireless connection.
None at this time - Staff would request Council direction related to researching other streaming solutions.
V. FISCAL IMPACT:
Unknowing at this time. Possible cost for a camera stand and streaming device.