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Ondemand Parliament TV site gets an election-year spruce up

The www.inthehouse.co.nz website, which hosts the video record of every session from the New Zealand Parliament since 2009, has been upgraded ready for this year’s general election by Christchurch-based company Tandem Studios. 

Tandem devised and created the website and has managed it for Parliament since its inception and says the upgraded site will make it easy for everyone who is interested in Parliamentary content to search for it and view it on any internet-connected screen at a time and place that suits them.

“The video content is edited and archived within the website and can be easily searched, found and shared,” says Tandem Studios’ managing director Dave Dunlay. “There have now been more than a total of three million views of the 23,000 videos in the video archive. We are expecting a high level of interest in both the live stream of parliamentary sessions this year and in the video archive as people get ready to cast their votes later this year. It’s a great way to review how our representatives have performed during the last parliamentary term and to keep up to date with election year developments.”

Last year, the Marriage Equality debate in Parliament was viewed more than 100,000 times online, with naughty Maurice Williamson’s marriage equality speech spreading itself around the world. 

Tandem Studios records, re-formats and re-purposes Parliament’s traditional TV content and publishes it on the website in small segments that are easy for viewers to search for and locate using its own online media tool LaBon (Living and Breathing Online Newsletter). Live-streaming is also available, in addition to coverage from the House that’s offered on other TV networks. 

“We know that more and more people globally are watching television content online at a time that suits them and we know that www.inthehouse.co.nz will be a particularly useful and popular resource this year.”

Overseas, there’s plenty of interest in the case of Aereo at present, which allows subscribers to view live and time-shifted streams of over-the-air television on internet-connected devices. It is currently fighting its corner against a number of major broadcasters who believe it is flouting copyright rules by distributing its content online. 

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