A Look Behind the Scenes at the Northern Leaders Debate


Leaders on the stage at the ValhallaTHUNDER BAY – Have you watched the Northern Leaders Debate video? Since airing live on NNL, 1781 people have watched the video on our Justin.tv feed, along with another 156 people who have viewed the complete video on Youtube.

Setting up the Live-stream
Sarah from Shaw and Brett from NNL getting things perfect for the broadcast.
During the live-stream of the debate from the Valhalla Inn, where NetNewsledger.com and Shaw TV Thunder Bay teamed up to bring you the event, there were as many as 390 live viewers on the site. There were about 250 people attending the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association meeting, who saw the debate live.

On Friday from 11AM until 9PM here are the stats:

Number of Users 1625 Viewers
Total running Webcast 60 Minutes
Total Minutes 97500
Bandwidth Required 748800000.000 KiloBytes
Bandwidth Required 731250.000 MegaBytes
Bandwidth Required 714.111 GigaBytes

Guests in the PC room at the ValhallaThe live-stream was also watched live on video stream by about fifty to sixty supporters of Tim Hudak, and Andrea Horwath, in two rooms booked by the respective campaigns at the Valhalla Inn, so that local supporters could watch the debate.

There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scene in order to bring you a successful live video over the Internet. Getting a clear picture, and sound is not as easy as just plugging in a camera and hitting “stream”.

Our team determined that using our usual livestream source likely would not have worked for this broadcast, we were concerned that we would have burnt through the available bandwidth in very short order. We had to set up both a primary livestream, and a secondary livestream feed in order to assure a solid broadcast. It worked well.

Over the past several years, NetNewsledger.com has offered our readers several live video events, from Mayor Hobbs State of the City Address to the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, to Waterfront Public meetings, to public meetings on the proposed Events Centre for Thunder Bay. Our goal in the future is to bring you, our readers, even more live events on a variety of interests.

For our public affairs videos, our goal is a simple one. We want to allow our readers and viewers to participate in local events to a greater degree in our community.

Many of the events we cover, like the Northern Leaders Debate are done with a lot of co-operation and a long list of people to thank: The Valhalla Inn, where the NOMA AGM was held was fantastic in working with Brett and the rest of our team to make sure things went smoothly. Honestly put there are real professionals at customer care at the Valhalla, and their efforts helped make for a smooth live-stream.

Our friends Ray and Sarah from Shaw TV Thunder Bay were incredible and worked with the NNL team like the skilled veterans that they truly are.

The co-operation from the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association was key in our efforts to live-stream the event. Thanks to Charla and the NOMA Executive for all their help.

Of course the big thanks go to our readers/viewers who stop by NNL every day and keep abreast on what is happening in our region.

Here is the end result:

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