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February 5, 2014

Selectmen sign new contract for cable channel


The immediate use of the additional money will go for new equipment for the town’s broadcast booth, according to Brian Murphy, the town’s technology chief. The equipment will allow the town to broadcast live to the channel with better results, and to stream to the Internet both live and prerecorded video of broadcasts of local meetings, such as the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board or Budget Committee.

Once the improvements are made, those wishing to watch over the Internet will be able to do so through a link on the town’s webpage (, Murphy said.

Also possible is a separate school cable access channel with the same capabilities, established in coordination with Seabrook School District officials. There are also plans in the future for a mobile unit that will be able to provide coverage of town events that are not held at Town Hall or the school.

It was a frustrating journey at times, selectmen and Manzi said, with Comcast causing many delays. After months of calls and negotiations, Manzi said, last week the changes the town wanted were added into a new contract.

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