A Model for Statewide Collaboration

August 29, 2012, 10:56 by dliu

TelVue's Charles Paige demonstrates program-sharing server to New Hampshire stations

TelVue is pleased to be a part of the latest trend in community broadcast:  video file-sharing on a statewide scale.

Yesterday, TelVue representative Charles Paige demonstrated the features of a new program-sharing solution which TelVue provided for New Hampshire — the latest state to build a regional programming collaboration.  Next week the New Hampshire Coalition for Community Media (NHCCM) will proudly unveil its new file-sharing service, through which member stations can freely upload and download video content.

“There’s a lot of great programming going on all over the state.  This new sharing server is a great place to upload content, get fresh and relevant programming, and help our producers get more exposure,” says Doris Ballard, Executive Director of Concord Community TV (CCTV), and a member of the NHCCM Board.

Dick Gagnon, President of NHCCM, says New Hampshire had already been experimenting with a home-grown file-sharing solution, but quickly realized the limitations of too-little storage capacity, no ability to preview the programs, and a less-than-ideal metadata workflow.  “The TelVue solution was comparable in cost, but we got a lot more:  more storage, a preview function, and an RSS feed that will automatically populate a page on our website when new programs are added. The board had been excited about this idea for some time, but got really excited when they saw something real.”

Stations that already use a TelVue broadcast server have the additional advantage of being able to upload programs to this shared server with a single click.

File-sharing has been around for awhile, but NHCCM members felt most of the existing services were either too difficult to use, or too large to be relevant to their modestly-sized state.  Massachusetts and Vermont have had success with regional file-sharing for several years already, and other statewide collaborations are currently studying the model.

“This makes it easier, more flexible, and simple,” enthuses Ballard, who expects that some of the more popular content could turn out be:
– Harder-to-produce shows, like cooking demonstrations that require a full kitchen
– Sports championships, with very high interest in at least two communities per event
– Talk shows on subjects like politics and local authors.

She adds, “I think another by-product of this shared service is: if my producers know that their show might be picked up in other access stations, it is even more motivation to produce.  And that’s our mission.  To put cameras in the hands of the public.  That’s why this project is important.”

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