AgriLife Extension Videos on AgSmart.tv
In December 2012, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service started to stream Internet TV content from AgSmart.tv to consumers using the Roku streaming player. The channel categories include: AgriLife Today, Animal Science, Dinner Tonight!, Horticulture, 4H & Youth, Meat Science, Rangeland Management, Soil & Crop Sciences, Water and Wildlife & Fisheries.
Current View Statistics (pdf)
How to Get Started
To watch AgriLife Extension videos on AgSmart.tv you will need an Internet connection, a TV, a Roku streaming media player and a Roku account. Then after the initial set up of your Roku, add the AgSmart.tv channel. Inside the channel, select the AgriLife Extension video block.
What is Internet TV?
According to Wikipedia, “Internet TV (also known as Internet Television or Online TV) is the digital distribution of television via the Internet.” In the past, creating your own TV channel or buying airtime was very expensive and time-consuming. It was also tightly controlled by a few market leaders. Today, Internet TV allows any content publisher to create a TV channel quickly and at low cost. Consumers are able to watch this content on their big-screen TVs instead of having to squint at YouTube videos on their laptops, phones or tablets.
How does Internet TV work?
Internet video content is streamed on-demand from the cloud, over the Internet and to connected devices such as Internet-ready TVs, game consoles such as Microsoft Xbox, Roku, Apple TV and Google TV.
Targeted Internet TV Content
Today, the majority of content is made up of TV shows and movies downloaded from well-known sources such as Netflix, Amazon, HuluPlus and the major news networks. In the last couple of years, the consumption of targeted or niche content has increased dramatically. These types of “channels” base their content around a specific type of audience and subject matter. Some of these channels include: TWiT – This Week in Technology, DogTV, blip.tv, AllRecipes.com, TED Talks and more. Online learning and education will also be supplemented using Internet TV.
- Internet TV Brochure (pdf)
- Subscribe to the Internet TV Blog
- Video Production Resources for Extension Employees
- Delivering Extension to the Living Room Using Internet TV
- Press Release: AgriLife Extension videos available on AgSmart.tv Roku channel
- Delivering Extension to the Living Room Using Internet TV – A session at 2014 National eXtension Conference
- AgSmart.tv Website
- AgSmart.tv on Youtube
About the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a unique education agency with a statewide network of professional educators, trained volunteers, and county offices. It reaches into every Texas county to address local priority needs. Some of our major efforts are in mitigating drought impacts; conserving water use in homes, landscapes, and production agriculture; improving emergency management; enhancing food security; and protecting human health through education about diet, exercise, and disease prevention and management.
Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Established: 1915
- Number of direct teaching contacts: 24 million
- Number of volunteers supporting extension programs: 98,573
- Number of counties with an Extension office: 250
- FY 2013 operating budget: $113 million (excludes $35 million in local operating funds from county commissioners courts)