Insights into Hyperlocal and Community Media

How Brookdale Teaches TV

April 15, 2014, 12:28 pm by dliu

BrookdaleTVstudentcrew“Anything that’s well-produced, interesting, and has an “Aha!” moment — that’s what I call cool programming.  That’s what we want on Brookdale TV.”  This is the credo that keeps Cheryl Cummings focused on her responsibilities as Executive Director of the Brookdale Network at Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  The Network includes the educational access TV channel, the public radio station – an NPR member station – and the college’s performing arts center.

And that’s why we chose Brookdale TV as our station-of-the-month.

The amount of original programming produced at Brookdale TV is astounding, given that there are only three full-time employees and a few more part-time.  Take a look at the extent of the playlists of online video offerings.  Subject matter runs the gamut from basketball games to full-length Shakespeare productions, promos for the college, public lectures, and profiles of community members.

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NAB Booth #N4434

April 7, 2014, 10:42 am by dliu
TelVue booth at NAB 2014

TelVue booth at NAB 2014

If you’re walking through the North Hall at NAB this year, take a moment to visit with the TelVue Team at booth #N4434, and see:

  • 4K Ultra-HD broadcast from a TelVue HyperCaster®,
  • Integrated bugs and tickers in multicast,
  • the AdCaster digital ad server…

…and more!  Stop by and consult with your TelVue representative about the digital workflow that’s right for you!

TelVue Shows HyperCaster Ultra HD 4K Playout at NAB

April 3, 2014, 11:10 am by dliu


Apr 2, 2014 – (Mount Laurel, NJ) TelVue® Corporation (OTC: TEVE), the innovation leader in Television and Internet Broadcasting for cable/satellite operators, media companies and educational institutions, will be demonstrating the new Ultra HD 4K video playout capabilities of TelVue’s award-winning HyperCaster® IP broadcast server at this year’s NAB Show (Booth #N4434) in Las Vegas, Apr 7-10.

“The HyperCaster’s flexible IP platform easily adapts to keep up with evolving formats like Ultra HD at 4K video resolution,” explains TelVue President and CEO Jesse Lerman.  “Both the TelVue HyperCaster IP broadcast server and the ProVue IP decoder can handle stunningly clear 4K video with the same smooth playout and seamless transitions as our standard HD models.”

The new 4K HyperCaster will be on display at the TelVue booth #N4434 in the North Hall of the NAB Show, along with the full array of TelVue broadcast products and services, including broadcast servers, decoders, digital program insertion equipment and cloud-based video services.

Add Bugs and Tickers with your HyperCaster

March 4, 2014, 10:45 am by dliu

JumpingKidsGraphicYou can now overlay a station logo and text crawls on your channel with the latest TelVue HyperCaster release (v4.1).

Use this for emergency notifications, community and programming related messages, and channel branding.

GraphicsBugsBlueLogoManage station identification “bugs” and scrolling “tickers” across the screen from the new “Overlays” section of the config tab.

Positioning a “bug” on your screen is as easy as uploading a graphic and specifying the image position on the display grid.


Similarly, you can preview a live “ticker”, even as you choose and edit the colors, fonts, speed, positioning, size, and alpha blending.

If you’re simulcasting in different formats, such as broadcasting the same channel in both HD and SD, the graphics will automatically scale to the size and resolution of each channel. Simulcast can be used to deliver your channel in HD to iPad, Roku, and other connected devices, while distributing the same channel in SD to your cable channel. With simulcast, your playback and graphics display properly for each simulcast output resolution, all from a single action.

For example:  you design overlays for multiple resolutions (HD 16:9 and SD 4:3 for example), and then by associating more than one ProVue (set to different output resolutions) with a HyperCaster channel, you can enable an overlay on a channel, and each ProVue displays it properly in its native resolution.

So with:

  • the HyperCaster’s ability to multicast to multiple ProVues, and
  • ProVue’s ability to auto up and down-convert, and
  • the new multi-resolution overlay capability,

you can manage Simulcast channels without really having to think about the fact that they are working with different output resolutions. Schedule programs as you normally would, and turn overlays on and off. The rest is TelVue magic!

Graphics are displayed on both file-based playout and StreamThru™ events, so you also get true downstream overlays on programming and live sources.

This new integrated graphics feature is available in any Gen 2 HyperCaster with an integrated TelVue ProVue IP Decoder, or streaming to external TelVue ProVue IP Decoders. 3rd party HD graphics systems can be very expensive, so this is a great way to get even further value out of your TelVue system!

For more detailed instructions on how to use the graphics feature, see the latest addition to the HyperCaster User Manual.


More Media Exchange Content

February 4, 2014, 12:03 pm by dliu

This is America and the World

The Media Exchange has some new Syndicated content, covering topics ranging from international affairs to arts and sustainability.  Check out some of the recently-added videos:

This is America and the World informs viewers about the government, culture, economy, and historic sites of other unique countries, their important role in the world, and their relationship with the United States.   Explore our increasingly interconnected world through interviews with Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads of State as well as men and women in all walks of life.  This is America and the World is also broadcast on PBS stations nationally every week, and Voice Of America distributes the series throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and parts of South America.  (You can subscribe to this as a Series in the Media Exchange, and each new episode will automatically be added to your Media Library.)

Peak Moment TV  produces programs on “locally reliant living”, which covers sustainability, energy, food, and how people are meeting these 21st century challenges.

NJ Arts News is an independent organization that is committed to giving the arts and humanities in New Jersey a place in TV coverage of the state.  Their collection of 3-5 min news pieces on cultural happenings around NJ will be growing.

LOG IN or REGISTER NOW for full download access to all the Media Exchange syndicators. Hundreds of shows can be browsed, searched, previewed and downloaded from the TelVue Connect Media Exchange.  If you don’t already have a free Media Exchange account, ask us for one.

HD Conversion – A Tale of Many Channels

January 27, 2014, 3:18 pm by dliu

An Enviable Problem

A year ago, MetroEast Community Media had a problem that many fellow PEG stations would envy.



The channels it administers for the eastern region of Portland, Oregon, were going HD. The problem MetroEast now faced was: how best to handle the transition?

Technology decisions fall largely on David Elkin-Bram, MetroEast’s Chief Information Officer. CIO is a new title; one adopted from watching his bailiwick expand with the evolution of digital TV, and now encompassing audio and video production, networking, computer and server management, as well as scripting and programming.

The Complexity of Collaboration

Before the transition could begin, there were many factors to take into consideration. MetroEast Community Media is actually one hub in a collaboration of channels.

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How a Small Telco Became a Big Player on the Dakota Sports Scene

December 13, 2013, 9:12 am by dliu

Jordan Hassler (left) is BEK Sports Broadcast Operations Manager

At TelVue we often talk about how high school sports can differentiate a local TV operation from its national competitors. At BEK Sports, they prove it. Every day. With a vengeance.

In the last school year, BEK Sports televised – LIVE – 200 games in 200 days from 55 cities in North Dakota. That averages a game a day, across a state that covers nearly 71,000 square miles. And BEK Sports does this with a full-time staff of six, and a fleet of two live production trucks.

How do they do it, and more importantly, why? Read on…

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Season’s Greetings from Team TelVue

December 11, 2013, 4:20 pm by dliu

TelVue Connect v1.5 Release

December 9, 2013, 3:51 pm by dliu

This morning we upgraded TelVue Connect to version 1.5, featuring:

1) “Clear Storage Space” on each media pulldown menu helps users easily make room for more media in their library by deleting broadcast files that have already been uploaded to their server.  Before you use this feature, PLEASE READ this addition to the TelVue Connect User Manual.

2) Metadata fields have been enhanced.  All users can now see additional metadata fields such as “Categories”, Ratings, and the ability to add information like the licensing window, or the names of Actors, Directors and Producers.  These fields are compatible with CableLabs ADI metadata requirements, but are optional, unless your organization uses the Cable Option.

Read a full version of the Release Notes, here.

More Free Programs from MediaX

November 26, 2013, 1:23 pm by dliu

TV shows on money, showbiz, satire, travel, science, health, and native culture — it’s all there for the taking, in the TelVue Connect Media Exchange.  Take a look at some of the new and diverse syndicators who have recently contributed content to the TelVue Connect Media Exchange.

SidewalkSidewalks Entertainment produces a talk/music series of 30-minute shows featuring celebrity interviews, music and rising acts.


Will Roberts records a weekly commentary on current events, “Will Rogers style”.


Money Matters TV produces a half-hour business program that interviews business leaders about their take on the financial climate.


Experience Nirvana Productions often delves into the spiritual, with guests who explore alternative healing and lifestyles.


Travel Television is about “traveling for a purpose”.

These are just some of the most recent joiners to the Media Exchange.  LOG IN or REGISTER NOW for full download access to all the Media Exchange syndicators, including Democracy Now!, the National Science Foundation, some beautiful underwater programs from the YourSanctuary TV (courtesy of Access Monterey), Native Voice TV, Perils for Pedestrians, and many more.

Hundreds of shows can be browsed, searched, previewed and downloaded from the TelVue Connect Media Exchange.  If you don’t already have a free Media Exchange account, ask us for one.