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Streaming live video from across the county

We’ve been livestreaming events on ydr.com for several years now. I can’t give you an exact date date, but I’ve worked here for more than five years and we were doing it before I arrived. In the past, however, we were sometimes limited by how many livestreaming kits we had available and what channels we were using. We could do one or two streams a night at the most.

In the past few months, though, we’ve changed a lot about the way we livestream. We have more kits and use YouTube to help manage our live events so they play on mobile devices. These days our livestreams look and run better than ever, and we really put them to the test on Tuesday.

This Tuesday evening we had three livestream events all being broadcast simultaneously. I was at the York County judicial candidate forum, GametimePA was streaming the York Catholic at Central York girls lacrosse game and the York Revolution were livestreaming their game against the Lancaster Barnstormers using our setup. We livestream sports, community events and breaking news regularly just not usually all at once.

People often ask me what television station I’m with when they see me livestreaming an event. I love being able to tell them that I’m with the York Daily Record to see the surprise on their faces. Then when I tell them they can follow along on their phone (or watch one of the other events we’re also streaming) they’re even more surprised.

And that’s just in York County. On Friday nights during football season we’re often streaming five games in four different counties. The YDR is more than a newspaper for sure, sometimes we have more video coverage than a television station. At least that’s how it felt Tuesday night.