DALLAS—It used to be that schools would block students from accessing YouTube, but now Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools is using YouTube as a live streaming source for its students. With the help of Osprey’s Talon G1 streaming contribution encoder, MCPS can stream live content with embedded closed captions to its new YouTube channel, allowing students to connect without a content delivery network.
One program available through this new YouTube channel is called “Homework Hotline Live,” where students can send in homework questions to MCPS teachers and watch and listen through the explanations. “Homework Hotline Live” has its own YouTube channel and is live-streamed three times a week.
The Talon G1 system helps MCPS achieve this by accommodating the SDI signals coming from MCPS-TV master control. It is also capable of handling embedded closed captions, which come in from MCPS-TV’s caption provider and get embedded in the SDI signal that feeds the encoder. The Talon G1 then converts the video to H.264 and delivers it over IP to YouTube.