Sarasota News Leader

02/28/2014

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For some viewers in Sarasota, it is their favor- ite television program — "Monday Night Live" from City Hall: the Sarasota City Commission. But for the March 3 meeting, the commission will be taking its show on the road, three blocks away, to the set of another local favor- ite, the Sarasota County Commission. The City Commission is not looking for better ratings. But it might get them in the future, because when the board returns to City Hall for its March 17 meeting, the show will be performed on all new high-definition, state-of- the-art digital equipment. The city is spending about $200,000 to replace equipment so old that some parts are not available anymore. Like all things electronic, the new equipment is better-faster-cheaper-smaller and more energy-efficient. It includes the entire video "pipeline" from cameras to signal process- ing, from the "switcher" to the final output on fiber optic cable. Behind the wall at the back of the city commissioners is 'TV Central.' This shot was taken a few days before technicians arrived to take out the old and install the new. Photo by Stan Zimmerman THE CITY COMMISSION WILL MEET IN THE COUNTY COMMISSION CHAMBERS NEXT WEEK WHILE AN AUDIO-VISUAL UPGRADE IS UNDER WAY AT CITY HALL A CHANGE OF VENUE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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