Livestreaming for Governments [Infographic]

If you’re streaming city council meetings, town halls, press conferences, or other important messages, live video is a great way to keep your constituents engaged in real time. Live video is more popular than ever. From small townships to federal departments, governments of every size are using this new medium.

Several cities have already passed bylaws requiring local governments to start streaming city council meetings. The City of New York enacted a bylaw in 2014, mandating all community board meetings be livestreamed and accessible to all 8M New Yorkers.

Livestream is the leading provider of live video solutions, trusted by 367 government organizations across 36 countries to announce important information and maintain transparency with constituents.

“Livestreaming board meetings is an efficient and inclusive way to encourage more citizen involvement in the county government process” – John Barkley, County Administrator, Greene County, VA

How Local Governments are Using Live Video

In 2014, the City of New York (population: 8M) passed legislation requiring all community boards livestream their board meetings.

80% of audiences would rather watch live video than read a blog. (Source: Livestream and New York Magazine “Win a Free Mevo” Survey

82% of viewers prefer live video to social posts. (Source: Livestream and New York Magazine “Win a Free Mevo” Survey

“Livestream has been tremendous in facilitating the Chicago Mayor’s Office’s ability to connect with residents. Chicagoans can just go to the City’s website from any device and view the mayor’s events live in real time.” – Ankur Thakkar, City of Chicago Office of the Mayor

Austin, TX streams 3,100 video clips to its citizens each month. (Source: Swagit.com)

Gilbert, AZ reaches 50,000 people weekly through their social media channels. (Source: Tubular Insights)

59,691 viewers watched the US Department of the Interior’s Livestream in 2016.

“2.9B people are online. If you can’t use video to get to them, you’re irrelevant.” – Dana Berchman, Chief Digital Officer of Gilbert, AZ

367 government organizations across 36 countries use Livestream.

78% of people watch videos online every week. (Source: Hubspot)

67% of viewers say quality is the most important factor when watching a livestream broadcast. (Source: Livestream and New York Magazine “Win a Free Mevo” Survey)

100M Hours Of Facebook Videos Are Watched Every Day. (Source: Recode)

This Week on Livestream | June 19, 2017

Watch live as the leaders of the Women’s March join Dr. Johnnetta Cole at the Riverside Church for JUNETEENTH, ESA presents its programs at the Paris Air and Space Show, and Livestream Learn hits the road for a special webinar on how businesses are redrawing the line between work and tech.


JUNETEENTH 2017 | Riverside Church NYC
Monday, June 19
7 PM ET
“Join the Riverside Church in New York City for JUNETEENTH 2017 with Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland and Janaye Ingram, Smithsonian’s Dr. Johnnetta Cole, and musical guests Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, and Brandie Sutton.”

ESA at the Paris Air and Space Show 2017 | European Space Agency
Tuesday, June 20
5 AM ET
“ESA will present its programs in a dedicated exhibition pavilion between the two full-scale models of the Ariane 1 and Ariane 5 launchers near the permanent Air and Space Museum.”

Yahoo CIO: Rethinking Information Technology | CXOTALK
Tuesday, June 20
1 PM ET
“In this episode, Ben Haines, Enterprise CIO of early Internet pioneer Yahoo, shares his ideas on rethinking IT to meet market shifts head-on in today’s exponential digital era.”

Ellevate Summit | Ellevate Network
Wednesday, June 21
9 AM ET
“Ellevate Network is hosting its first ever annual Summit to celebrate its 20 year anniversary. We’ll convene thought leaders, activists, business leaders, and changemakers, to discuss actionable solutions to increasing diversity and closing the gender gap. It’s time to own our power and mobilize, together, to get what’s ours.”

2017 California National Guard Junior Olympic Championships | USA Racquetball
Wednesday, June 21
1 PM ET
“The 2017 California National Guard Junior Olympic Championships presented by Penn and Visit Stockton are being streamed on June 21 at 1 PM ET. This is the sport’s premiere juniors tournament.”

Smarter Workplaces with Convene and Livestream | Livestream Learn
Wednesday, June 21
6:35 PM ET
“What does the future of work look like in an increasingly connected world? Industry leader Convene, startup incubator Bostinno, and Livestream present a special webinar event about how businesses are redrawing the lines between work and tech.”

Close-Up and Macro Photography | B&H Event Space
Thursday, June 22
“There is an entire universe of beauty, fascination, and intrigue on a scale not readily captured in conventional photography. This presentation will show you how to get close, closer and really close to the wonderful details and never-ending curiosities of both natural and man-made objects.”

The National | Pitchfork Live
Thursday, June 22
5 PM ET
“Pitchfork is pleased to announce that the National will be the next band featured on their Pitchfork Live series, which streams live on their homepage and Facebook. On Thursday, June 22, the National will play an intimate set at Centquatre in Paris, offering a sneak preview of their appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.”

WQXR presents The Opera Party: Pride without Prejudice | The Greene Space
Thursday, June 22
7 PM ET
“Loosen the laces of your corset for WQXR’s first official celebration of NYC Pride Week. Join co-host Justin Vivian Bond for a searing romp with tenor and force-of-nature Anthony Dean Griffey.”

Dr. Kwabena Boahen – Neuromorphic Computing | Carnegie Science
Thursday, June 22
6:30 PM ET
“As engineers shrink electrical transistors down to nanoscale dimensions, electrons get trapped, making it difficult for digital computers to work as well as they should. In contrast, our brains have nano-sized channels through which tiny charged particles pass freely when they are opened. Dr. Boahen’s team creates computer technology that mimics the way our brains are wired.”

Sherman Alexie | You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me | Author Events
Thursday, June 22
7:30 PM ET
“Sherman Alexie is acclaimed for prose that ‘startles and dazzles with unexpected, impossible-to-anticipate moves’ (The Boston Globe). His new book is a searing and soaring memoir about his difficult childhood and complicated maternal relationship.”

TEDxRVA | TEDx
Friday, June 23
1 AM ET
“TEDxRVA 2017 will be a place to hear and explore stories about change-making by local, national and international voices.”

Dirt Dessert 2017 | Tele Ho
Saturday, June 24
5 AM ET
“Riders will measure their skills on the thrilling and well-known track at the foothills of Jost.”