In the slow death of VHS format, studies have found that schools are among the last to make the switch to DVD.
In Canada, BC schools are among the last to move to streaming video.
Now, as VHS becomes more difficult to access, as District Resource Centres move away from their complex systems for loaning and circulating hardcopy VHS tapes and DVDs, as economic realities demand increased efficiency and as streaming video offers digital video on demand, many schools and districts have decided it’s time to start thinking about making the switch to streamed video. ERAC wants to be there to help schools and districts take that leap ahead.
ERAC first examined video streaming in 2004 with a pilot involving 16 school districts and the three leading video streaming services. While overall, pilot teachers expressed great enthusiasm for video streaming, some of the challenges they noted included:
In 2008, ERAC decided to conduct another review of video streaming. The material presented in this report was collected during November 2008 and February 2009. Therefore, information in this report reflects that specific timeframe; all vendors noted that new content and enhancements would be added to their services on a continuous basis.