Day 6: The Colorado Channel

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The Colorado Channel has been covering the Colorado General Assembly since 2008 and the services are provided by the Open Media Foundation which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) based here in Colorado. After each chamber is adjourned the public and staff at the Capitol are able to re-watch the broadcast 5 – 10 minutes after the live YouTube broadcast has finished because The Colorado Channel has to archive the video for later use. The archived broadcasts are stored on a site digitally and DVDs are made for every broadcast. One DVD goes to Archives and the other copy goes to the Legislative Library. Anyone can go either before the broadcast or after to request a DVD if they would like a copy of that days legislative broadcast.

Aides and interns can embed the link of a specific legislative day and can pick the starting point and end points of where their legislator was speaking at the well in either the House or Senate Chambers. This way, legislative staff can showcase what bills and the reasons for why their specific legislator is supporting a certain bill. The Colorado Channel only controls the audio in both the House and Senate Chambers. They do not set up microphones in the hearing rooms in the Legislative Services Building that is controlled by Legislative Council. The Colorado Channel time stamps everything while the broadcast is streaming live. You can search for any bill that has been timed stamped except for the introduced bills. During the 120 day legislative session, the broadcasts replay back after both chambers have adjourned for the day and each broadcast alternates everyday depending on which broadcast started earlier. The broadcasts are only aired on Comcast Channel 165 in the Denver area. The broadcast are streamed live in high definition and are stored digitally in an mp4 format for viewing later. If constituents, visitors, or those out of state want to keep up with what is happening with the Colorado General Assembly, tune in Monday’s at 10:00 A.M. and Tuesdays thru Fridays at 9:00 A.M.

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