Here at Rochester School, I set up a projector in our auditorium for big screen viewing and another in our Elementary Library with a large screen and initially used the internet feed from CNN because the image quality was very good and in wide screen. I started running the live coverage at about 9:30 am and it ran beautifully until about 11:15 am and then it started to get choppy and drop. I made sure these were the only two streams on our network (which they were). I had bookmarked a few other streaming sites, just in case, and just before 11:30 ended up switching to a lower resolution stream from CNBC which ran very well. I was a bit disappointed because the stream from CNN looked much better, but CNBC was OK. I attributed the drops on CNN to the limits of CNN’s capability. I wonder how many people around the country suddenly logged  on to CNN  from work to watch the Inauguration?


The Inauguration on the big screen was spectacular, but it was as equally exciting to witness the captivated students. They spontaneously cheered, they stood up for the swearing in and sang the National Anthem without any direction from teachers.


Tucker Cruikshank

Rochester School


From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Hall
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 10:51 AM
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Subject: Re: watching inauguration live over the Internet


Ray – thanks for provoking this, since we have been processing the event ourselves. We did some testing in advance to see which sites had best quality/lowest overhead/least installation, and the effect/viability on LAN traffic/bandwidth.
Two different scenarios in our two schools:

  1. Middle school has (Comcast) cable TV, most plugged into this. We updated flash on a handful of machines (users can’t) to stream CNN, users had to install a plugin (which they could do without admin access). I was in the other building, but apparently the streams were choppy (may be because several people tried to watch it on their own, despite messages about specific streams that were set up for groups). Based on the success in our other school, I blame the LAN switching (HP Procurve 2124, 100MB backbone) and not the cable bandwidth, but hard to tell.

2. In the elementary school we set up five streams from CNN. I think everyone appreciated watching it together by grade level vs. on their own – we saw the same “crowd camaraderie” & group response described elsewhere. We even made the front page of the local paper! The streams went off without a hitch, which I attribute partly to our switches (Cisco, 1GB between them). I did watch bandwidth from Comcast, and noticed they boosted us from the usual 4+ to around 8 at 11:15, then by 12:15 we were down to just under 3. I appreciate that they anticipated the demand! Our streams kept the modem maxed out, but again it was very effective and only a couple of quick “burps.”

When we renovated the elementary school recently we made a conscious decision NOT to include cable TV, figuring any big media events would be available through Internet. This was our chance to show this was viable!



on 1/23/09 8:43 AM, Raymond Ballou wrote:

Dear List:

I was out sick that day, but could track utilization from home.

One issue we ran into was installation of updated FLASH.

Not something I tend to unless it is needed.

Had a number of users who could not view a stream due to outdated flash, nor
install it on their own (permission reasons).

Anyone run into problems, anyone sail through easily?

Anyone install silverlight for the official PIC site?