Insights into Hyperlocal and Community Media

HyperCaster, ProVue and Connect Upgrades

March 23, 2015, 11:26 by dliu

HC v5.1 media page is simpler, clearer

The TelVue Development Team has wrapped up a lot of work in the past week, bringing some important new features to the HyperCaster platform, and laying the groundwork for some big changes ahead for our cloud-based video streaming solutions.

Top among the new features of HyperCaster v5.1:

  • Capture multiple IP inputs simultaneously (with the proper IP Capture licenses) for later replay.
  • Continuity Timeshift allows you to delay a continuity stream by a configurable amount of time. Requires a Timeshift license.
  • A new Video auto-fade option for the HyperCaster v5.1-ProVue v2.5 combination allows you to add a video transition of up to 1s between playouts.
  • Combined content “show” and “edit” pages into one, for a much nicer UI for content edit

The complete listing of features and fixes in HyperCaster v5.1 is available here; and look here for ProVue v2.5 release notes.

In addition, the latest TelVue Connect release (v1.8) is a big step toward the future integration of our Connect and CloudCast platforms. What this will mean for the TelVue user is a single cloud-based portal for video aggregation, transcoding, media exchange program sharing, and adaptive bitrate VOD and live streaming. All under one application and workflow. The TelVue Connect adaptive bitrate VOD and streaming feature is still in Beta, but stayed tuned for the official release, later this Spring!

Getting to IP

March 13, 2015, 17:20 by dliu

A good explanation of the rationale and the pathway to IP broadcast, here.

Mission Critical Health Series

March 10, 2015, 08:49 by dliu
"Mission Critical" is a new health series in the Media Exchange

“Mission Critical” is a new health series in the Media Exchange

The TelVue Connect Media Exchange is pleased to welcome the addition of a new collection of highly-produced public health videos, courtesy of Mission Critical Health. The series’ Executive Producer David Holden explains: “We work to educate patients about lifestyle choices, healthcare choices, and to educate professionals about new research.”

It’s a broad mandate that leads to a diverse selection of subject matter.  Recent uploads to the Media Exchange range from PSAs on drowning prevention, to a collection of reports from Mission Critical’s Host and Clinical Editor, Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla.

“Our goal is to produce trusted content”, Holden adds, “Educational reports on health that are based on peer-reviewed work and evidence-based research.” Mission Critical Health is produced by the Capital Media Group, in association with the Preventive Medicine Task Force – a non-profit, national public health initiative. Up to now they have been primarily a content provider to hospital systems and doctor’s offices, but are looking to extend their audience in order to help bridge communications between hospitals, doctors, and patients.

Coming up? Look for pieces on the health effects of marijuana, and how women’s shoe styles impact foot health.  We told you the subject matter was diverse…

TelVue Connect – Transcoding Infrastructure Upgraded

February 24, 2015, 11:33 by rbrooks

TelVue Connect’s transcoding infrastructure has seen some upgrades in the past week. You should experience a greater transcoding-success rate with MP4 videos, particularly those with ER AAC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, and MP3 audio streams.

Who’s Licensed My Show?

February 8, 2015, 20:51 by dliu

SyndicationReportsIf you have Syndicated (uploaded) shows to the TelVue Connect Media Exchange and want to know who Licensed (downloaded) them, we recently added a “Reports” feature that gives you all that information at a glance.

TelVue Connect supports two types of reports for Syndicators:

* Affiliates – list of all stations that have licensed your syndicated shows. You can click to expand and see a list of shows licensed by each affiliate.

* Media – list of all shows that have been licensed by affiliates. You can click to expand and see a list of affiliates for each show.

When you are logged into TelVue Connect first make sure you are in your own Connect Organization work space by clicking the Connect tab at the very top of the page (i.e. make sure you are not clicked within the Media Exchange tab).

Now hover over the Administration tab on the far right, and then click the Reports menu item on the bottom. That will take you to the reports page.

Emergency Messaging At Its Best

February 3, 2015, 09:50 by dliu

The Legal Edition on Media Exchange

January 20, 2015, 12:50 by dliu

TheLegalEditionA new half-hour series now available in the TelVue Connect Media Exchange is called “The Legal Edition”, and features producer/host Mary Kay Elloian speaking with a wide range of experts on legal, business, and policy issues.

“I started this show in 2012 because of a passion to educate people on important issues,” explains Elloian, “The mainstream media is too biased because of advertisers and financial incentives, and often do not go in depth on topics to ferret out the real issues. I produce these programs ‘pro bono’ without advertisers or sponsors – there is no money changing hands. The purpose is to remain focused and unbiased. The goal is to get people thinking about important issues, or in ways they have not thought about before.”

Elloian is a lawyer and writer who has worked with the health and environmental professions, and wants to use her communication skills to present these and other issues to the public in lay terms.  The Boston-based Legal Edition gives her access to legislators and academic experts – including some Nobel nominees – with whom she delves into news topics in greater detail.  A sampling of recent issues: Fracking, GMOs, Alternative energy. The Legal Edition is produced in the studios of Bedford TV.

Besides distributing her monthly show from The Legal Edition website, Elloian recently joined the TelVue Connect Media Exchange as a Syndicator.  Media Exchange members can license and download her Series from here… or choose to download individual episodes by logging in to the Media Exchange and searching for The Legal Edition.

If you don’t already have a free Media Exchange account, ask us for one. You’ll find a lot of other free programming in the TelVue Connect Media Exchange, like Democracy Now!, National Science Foundation educational videos, Ad Council PSAs, and many local and regional TV programs of a wide variety of styles and topics.

Best Wishes from the TelVue Team

December 18, 2014, 14:02 by dliu

Cloud-Hosted Government TV

December 3, 2014, 11:54 by dliu
NCCTV Studio Antonio Prado and Mike Hendry

Antonio Prado giving a studio tour to visiting high school media teacher Mike Hendry

As a relative newcomer to government video broadcasting, New Castle County in Delaware is not weighed down by legacy technology, and has been able to leapfrog into the future with a completely cloud-hosted linear broadcast channel.

“That sums up why TelVue is great,” enthused Antonio Prado, Director of Communications for New Castle.  “Our IT people saw the merit of not having any broadcast equipment in house.” With no need for a broadcast server at the headend, Prado and his staff can operate the New Castle County TV channel (NCCTV) from any Internet connection, because their channel is managed inside the TelVue Hosted Broadcasting Cloud.

How does it work? New Castle County TV runs off a Virtual TelVue HyperCaster®, which offers the user-friendly HyperCaster broadcast management interface without the need to maintain any broadcast hardware on site. Video content is uploaded through the Internet to TelVue ConnectTM – a content aggregation and management system – for direct distribution to the Virtual HyperCaster (VHC). Live studio output can be fed via IP encoder –> up to the public Internet –> to the VHC. Community message boards don’t even have to be uploaded, since they are generated directly in the cloud.TelVue Hosted Broadcasting Solution for New Castle DelawareIt then becomes a simple task to arrange these different elements into a 24/7 channel, using the HyperCaster’s built-in drag-and-drop scheduling, plus the IP StreamThruTM feature that allows a programmer to schedule and switch IP events right in the VHC interface.

TelVue takes care of delivering the final VHC output signal to Comcast and Verizon. “Our long relationship with Comcast and Verizon paved the way for their acceptance of this innovative form of peering,” explains Paul Andrews, TelVue’s Senior Vice-President for Sales and Marketing.

In addition, TelVue delivers the NCCTV live streaming channel to Internet viewers through the TelVue CloudCastTM service, so viewers can watch directly from a web player.  Prado is currently building up a video-on-demand library as well, which will become accessible through the same CloudCast player.

Prado says the feedback from their viewers has been good. “We’ve run features on local Polish and African-American festivals, a weekly message from the Governor, Department of Safety events, and some shorter pieces.”  The station also has access to the TelVue Connect Media Exchange, a potential source of even more diverse programming.


NCCTV interview show with host Melody Kitchen

The migration to TelVue’s 100% Hosted Broadcasting solution began when New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon realized the government’s TV channel was not being used to its fullest potential.  Previously, NCCTV ran only bulletin boards.  Gordon realized the government could do a better job of reaching its constituents, and worked with Prado to build up enough local production capacity to be able to provide some real TV viewing to the NCCTV audience.

“There was a time this county had a local news channel and a PBS station, but no more,” says Prado, and the former newspaperman set about teaching himself everything he needed to know about video production, equipment, and studios. “My job was to realize Gordon’s vision.”  Job done.

Monetize your Channel

November 20, 2014, 12:58 by dliu

PlaylistWe’ve already blogged about some of the ways the HyperCaster v5.0 release can enhance your broadcast workflow. But do you realize it also opens up new ways to monetize your channel with ads?

The HyperCaster always had the ability to schedule Ads as individual pieces of content within the programming lineup.  Now that you can include continuity playout in the As Run Reports, running ads has become even easier.  Just create a Continuity Playlist of ads.  Not only will this run wherever you have a programming gap, but it will also register these ads as playout events.  That means you can export a full playout report at the end of the month for billing purposes.

For more details on how to use the HyperCaster to play ads in your programming, read this Typical Use Case.