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City of St. Peters Expands SPTV Programming to AT&T s U-Verse and the Web with Granicus Technology

Increased Accessibility of Government Programming (October 09, 2008)

DMN Newswire--2008-10-9--St Peters ? The city of St Peters government-access channel, St Peters TeleVision (SPTV), is now available on AT&T's digital television network, U-Verse.

The city's new Granicus encoding technology allows SPTV to send a live cable feed over the internet and the U-Verse network simultaneously. This improvement will significantly expand the reach of SPTV programming - digitally distributing it to the web, over cable, and on digital TV.

"We're thrilled to be able to provide SPTV on U-Verse and give our residents and businesses as well as other interested viewers, important information on St. Peters programs, events, news, information and other issues," said Mayor Len Pagano.  "With our SPTV programming also available live and on-demand at our website,, we are able to provide information to people at their convenience. And great communication is one of our top priorities."

St. Peters was able to cut costs in their AT&T U-Verse deployment by leveraging their existing partnership with Granicus, Inc, the nation's leading provider of government webcasting solutions. By implementing the company's new simulstream encoder, GranicusĀ® Outcast EncoderĀ®, St Peters can webcast and broadcast on TV to the new digital network. With this technology, the city can increase accessibility, while decreasing the overall costs of distribution and maintenance.

"During this time of economic uncertainty we are very excited to offer government agencies a way to save money while improving public access," said Tom Spengler, Co-Founder and CEO of Granicus, Inc. "We have been the leader in government webcasting for several years now, and our new encoder not only supports webcasting, but will also feed the AT&T U-Verse system. The cost advantage of doing both through a single encoder is tremendous, and it also opens the doors for on-demand government not only on the web but through the television." 

The City of St. Peters is the first city in the nation to use the new version of the Outcast Encoder. The technology was designed specifically for local governments to support both live webcasting and live distribution of cable content to new digital home video and television networks such as ATT's U-Verse. The Encoder uses simulstream software technology to simultaneously encode multiple streams of audio and video at different resolutions and bit rates ? from a single output. Also, with Granicus, content producers control when, where, and how their content is distributed and accessed online using live indexing capability, video trimming, automatic web publishing, long-term archiving, and keyword search.

About Granicus
Founded in 1999, San Francisco-based Granicus, Inc. helps government reach staff and constituents without barriers. Public agencies trust our webcasting solutions to enable vital improvements to public access, staff efficiency, and government accountability. In addition, the combination of webcasting with public meeting management technology into a single workflow decreases administrative costs and simplifies public recordkeeping tasks. Granicus serves more than 400 governing bodies in 44 states, building close connections with more than 30% of the American population.

Lauren Alexander, Corporate Communications Manager, Granicus, Inc., 415.357.3618 x 1788
Lisa Bedian, Community Relations Director, City of St. Peters, 636.477.6600 x 229

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