Rebroadcasting TV Feeds Into A VMS?

I have full time security guards behind a gov computer system so sometimes getting outside information (or internet traffic) can be a challenge. When we had the bomber earlier in the summer (I'm in Austin, Tx) we had struggles getting quick updates.

My solution was to set up a TV antenna, through an off air tuner box, into a video encoder.. and running that stream into my VMS. That way, anyone who has access to the video feed also has access to live television. I struggled to find a channel, however. So, yes, people can watch the daytime soap operas but at least I can get traffic and weather interruptions for critical things.

My other issue is that to get best reception, I had to shove the encoder and tuner in the ceiling on the top floor of another building, so if I want to change the channel, I have to walk over several blocks to where it is located and do it manually.

Any camera vendors out there, how about that as a product idea? Integrate an off air TV tuner into an encoder and make the channel change button or IR sensor part of the RS 485 so we change channels remotely through the web GUI.

If anyone else has done something similar, I'd love to hear about it

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