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Granicus Expands with Flash and HTML5 Video

Granicus [1], the software-as-a-service platform that helps government agencies stream video, announced a new streaming media architecture that expands its delivery formats. While it previously only streamed Windows Media and Silverlight video [2], Granicus now offers HTML5 and Flash video, as well.

Pilot clients for the effort include the Virginia General Assembly, the City and County of Denver, the Colorado General Assembly, and the City and County of San Francisco’s cable channel SFGTV. The Virginia General Assembly, for example, is using the new architecture to broadcast legislative sessions that can be seen live on mobile devices.

“As the way people consume content changes, government needs to change with it to stay relevant, writes Javier Muniz, Granicus’s chief technology officer and co-founder, on the Granicus Blog [3]. “Granicus is advancing its streaming architecture and cloud platform to ensure government data is accessible to citizens, developers, and global audiences on any device. Our new streaming formats, unique video features, and powerful syndication tools make Granicus the most desired choice for government transparency and accessibility.”

“Granicus is in a strong position to use our video expertise and cloud platform to help government leverage more than just video to maximize transparency,” adds Tom Spengler, Granicus’s CEO and co-founder.