Audio and Visual Services

Video Streaming Suggestions

Video streaming typically requires the use of media plugins. While the necessary plugins will often come pre-installed, you may need to install or enable plugins to watch streaming video. We recommend installing the Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Silverlight plugins if they are available for your system.

While we recommend certain platforms and web browsers, many other operating systems and web browsers can successfully stream videos. For example, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are both known to work on many platforms. Please note that not all features are available to all web browsers on all platforms.

Recommended Platforms:
  • Microsoft Windows, version XP SP2 or newer, Vista, 7, or 8
    • Recommended browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 8 or newer
  • Mac OS X, version 10.5 or newer
    • Recommended browser: Apple Safari, version 5 or newer.
  • iOS, version 4.2.1 or newer
  • Android, versions 4.1 and 4.2
    • Recommended browser: Google Chrome
    • For Android version 4.0 and older, on-demand video is supported on many devices. Live streaming is only supported if the Flash plugin is installed.

Please Note: Android has a very rapidly changing ecosystem. As new devices and operating systems are released, we are committed to addressing any issues within 60 days.

Beta and pre-release versions of operating systems and web browsers are not supported.

Network Requirements

If you are having issues viewing a live or archive House broadcast, please insure the follow network requirements are met.

Port 1935 is the RTMP port, it's used by Flash player for both live and archive broadcasts and must be open. in addition, Port 80 also is required for loading the web pages that contain the player and also must be open.

What legislatures are available on audio tape/CD?

We have audio of House debates held in the chamber and House committee meetings from 63rd Legislature (1973) to the present.

What format can I get my audio on?

If the audio recording was before 79th Legislature (including 79th), request will be made on cassette tape;
otherwise, request will be put on CD.

What type of videos are available to order?
  • We have video of all House debates held in the chamber, from the 72nd Legislature (1991) to the present. We also have videos of some House committee meetings from the 74th Legislature (1995) through 76th Legislatures (1999). Please call (512) 463-0920 to find out if the video you need is available.
  • If a video file is available on The Texas House of Representatives website, we are able to put that file onto a DVD for use in your computer.
What format can I get my video on?

We offer video requests onto a playable DVD and create a file (MP4 format) onto a DVD. Also, files can be sent electronically. Large files will be sent via Dropbox.

How do I place an audio/video request?

Submit an Open Records request. It needs to include the following:

  • A sentence that reads "This is an Open Records Request."
  • A detailed description of the audio/video you are requesting, including the format you need, the bill number, legislature and any specific dates or testimony you would like to request.
  • The signature of the requestor and a telephone number where the requestor can be reached.

An Audio/Video request can be submitted in person, or sent via fax to House Video/Audio Services at (512) 463-5729 or mailed to:

  • House Video/Audio Services
  • John H. Reagan Building, Room 33
  • 105 W. 15th Street
  • Austin, TX 78701

E-mails are not allowed.

Once the request is complete, the requestor will be notified by phone that the order is ready. Payment and mailing/pick-up will be discussed at that time.

How long does it take to get my order?

Under the Open Records Act, House Video/Audio Services must fill your request within 10 working days. All requests are filled in the order in which they are received. Requests may take longer to fill when the House is in session or if the request takes longer than 10 working days to complete.

How much does a video/audio order cost?

The cost depends on the format and length of the request. Please check our Public Price List or call House Video/Audio Services (512)463-0920 for a quote.

What type of payment is accepted?
  • Cash, Check or Money Order
  • Checks should be made out to The Texas House of Representatives.
  • Exact cash & change are required, because we cannot provide change.
  • We must receive payment before the order is mailed or at the time it is picked-up by the requestor.
Can anyone listen to audio tapes/CD rather than purchasing them?

Yes. Listeners are welcome to listen to audio recordings in House Video/Audio Services. We are located in the John H. Reagan Building, Room 330 on 105 W. 15th Street (15th & Congress, North of the Capitol). We are open Monday - Friday, from 7:30am - 5:30pm. The Listening Room has 6 listening stations with transcribing machines. Listeners are allowed to bring a laptop and there is no charge for listening to tapes.

For more Video/Audio questions, please call The Texas House of Representatives Video/Audio Services at 512-463-0920, Monday - Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm.

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