CharmTV debuted new prime-time programming earlier this year to go along with its live broadcasts of public meetings from the City Council to the liquor board.
On Sept. 8, all of it will be available online.
The city-owned station plans to introduce a livestream of the content it broadcasts on channel 25 to its website, CharmTv.tv. Station officials are billing it as a move toward transparency that can make government more accessible to people who aren’t near a TV, or aren’t in Baltimore.
The livestream is comes amid a recent ramp-up at CharmTV, which is trying to shed its image as “Baltimore’s C-SPAN.” The station will continue to broadcast public meetings and make them available on its website. While some of those meetings may seem like prime-time drama to nerds like this writer, the station began to branch out earlier this year with the culture-focused “My Town” and foodie discovery “Tasty Travels.”
The new capability also arrives as more households are shedding cable in favor of streaming, and stations and cable companies are beginning to plan for that future. Our personal favorite local example of this phenomenon comes from Baltimore’s resident Ars Technica editor, Sean Gallagher. His account of kicking cable TV to the curb is well worth the time.
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