Insights into Hyperlocal and Community Media

TelVue Expands Hosted Broadcasting Services with Level 3

July 24, 2014, 3:26 pm by dliu

July 24, 2014 – (Mount Laurel, NJ) TelVue® Corporation (OTC: TEVE), the innovation leader in Internet and Television Broadcasting services for communities, cable operators, and media companies, has significantly upgraded its hosted broadcasting and cloud video services with a migration to Level 3 Communications® IP network.

“The integration of Level 3 Communications into our rapidly-expanding hosted Internet broadcast platform is a big win for TelVue and our customers,” explains TelVue CIO Mark Steele.  “With the wide adoption of cloud-based services in TV and Internet broadcast, we needed a world class partner that could guarantee reliable, fast, and scalable Internet access and video interconnect services.”

TelVue’s hosted broadcast clients benefit from the redundancy, load sharing, and diverse fiber routing of Level 3’s robust global network.  In addition to TelVue’s innovative TV channel-in-a-box solutions, TelVue offers a unique array of cloud-hosted broadcast services for broadcasters who do not want to support on-premise broadcast equipment, or want to augment their traditional workflow with the power of the cloud:

  • TelVue Hosted BroadcastTM: for 100% cloud-based linear broadcasting that leaves the operator free to upload programming, manage and broadcast TV channels from any Internet connection without requiring a broadcast facility or equipment.
  • TelVue ConnectTM: for cloud-based content aggregation, moderation, scheduling and transcoding, along with access to syndicated programming in the Media Exchange, and the versatile Video Producer tool for creating short animated spots.
  • TelVue CloudCastTM: for streaming professional-quality live or VOD over the Internet, to multiple viewing devices including mobile, tablet, PC, TV, and over-the-top boxes like Roku®.

 

 

New HyperCaster Features: Block Copy and Overlay Scheduling

June 30, 2014, 3:03 pm by dliu

TelVue recently asked our users what new time saving feature they would like to see developed for the TelVue HyperCaster.  In response, we are pleased to announce that the “Block Scheduling”, is now available in the latest HyperCaster v4.3. (See Release Notes).

BlockCopyButton

The “Block Copy” function allows a programmer to easily copy/paste a block of playout events from one part of your programming schedule to another.  (See HyperCaster User Manual for instructions).

AddOverlayAnother big enhancement in v4.3 is the ability to schedule a graphic overlay in the Programming Classic View.  On-air Bugs and Text Crawls can now be scheduled – just as you would any other event.

You asked.  We listened.  Enjoy the new features.

The HyperCaster's "Block Copy" UI

The HyperCaster’s “Block Copy” UI

In Calendar View, this is an example of one block of programming, repeated twice.

In Calendar View, this is an example of one block of programming, repeated twice.

 

Equipped for the Future

June 27, 2014, 9:26 am by dliu

Station-of-the-month:  RETN/VCAM

CoopAs an Educational TV operation, RETN (Regional Educational Television Network) is constantly looking to stretch the traditional PEG mandate beyond the limitations of traditional TV technology. Along with partner station VCAM (Vermont Community Access Media), RETN has not only moved to HD, but is also fully integrating the Web in its video distribution strategy. “The tools are changing. It’s a paradigm shift, even though we haven’t strayed from our core mission,” says RETN Content Manager Drew Frazier.

The core mission for RETN and VCAM in Burlington, Vermont, would sound familiar to any PEG aficionado: “Community involvement. And trying to draw from 12 communities around Burlington all manner of program sharing. And educating the community on the use of new media tools.” So says Scott Campitelli, Executive Director of RETN and the driving force behind the station’s transition to modernity.

RETN/VCAM have the advantage of operating in a state where PEG stations are well-known, watched, and appreciated. Vermont has the greatest number of PEG channels per capita of any state in the U.S. – 27 access centers, running a total of 45 channels – in a state with no more than 700,000 residents. “Politicians come into our access centers. Local government officials and legislators know the local access organizations and community media centers,” Scott explains.

HD Upgrade

RETN and VCAM are fortunate to be distributing over a local telco – Burlington Telecom – which operates a Gig network and had not only the bandwidth, but also the vision to grant VCAM an HD channel, with RETN planning to work with BT for another HD channel soon. Read more …

What’s New in HyperCaster v4.2

June 11, 2014, 11:41 am by dliu

The TelVue HyperCaster® SD/HD IP Broadcast Server is better than ever, with several new features and options in the v4.2 release.  Major enhancements include:

  • On-air graphics capabilities including Emergency Alert messaging console (when integrated with ProVue IP decoder)
  • Improved stream resilience for IP Capture and StreamThru™
  • Smart playlist enables easy “Run of Schedule” Ad breaks
  • More content import options with automatic transmux of .mov and .avi files

See the HyperCaster Release Notes for more details.

Congrats, Folklorist!

June 11, 2014, 9:01 am by dliu

Congratulations to the producer of Folklorist, for winning a 2014 Emmy for “Outstanding Historical Program”.  The Folklorist is a production of NewTV and is available for download and re-broadcast through the TelVue Connect Media Exchange. If your station does not yet have access to the Media Exchange, sign up now, and GET the BEST!

A Facebook App for CloudCast

June 2, 2014, 9:58 am by dliu

You can now integrate the TelVue CloudCast™ player as a top-level feature of your organization’s Facebook page, as shown here in the AMGTV Facebook page:

AMGTV Facebook Page

While you can always use the “share” icon to embed individual CloudCast videos as Facebook posts, this new way of adding the CloudCast app as a tab on your Facebook page keeps your CloudCast player right at the top of your Facebook page, alongside default FB tabs such as “photos” and “likes”.

See the CloudCast User Manual for step-by-step instructions for adding the CloudCast app and customizing your Facebook tab.

Improving the CloudCast API

April 25, 2014, 11:41 am by dliu

The CloudCast MRSS API has been extended to include the ability to limit the MRSS feed to a pre-determined number of recent videos.  This was done to reduce the time to query recent items using the CloudCast MRSS API for users with a large number of videos.

You can now limit the number of returned videos by specifying a query string parameter “recent“:

http://cloudcast.telvue.com/api/mrss/v2/mrss/[YOUR USERNAME].xml?recent=100

This will show the 100 most recent videos added to your account.  (More information on how to use the CloudCast API is available here.)

You can see the feature in action on these Community Media and PEG Station sites using Drupal integrated with TelVue CloudCast:  brattleborotv.org and retn.org.

TelVue® Launches NYRA Roku® Channel for Live Horse Racing

April 23, 2014, 8:39 am by dliu

Apr. 22, 2014 – (Mount Laurel, NJ) TelVue® Corporation (OTC: TEVE), the innovation leader in Television and Internet Broadcasting for broadcasters, cable operators, and media companies has launched the New York Racing Association (NYRA)’s first live 1080p HD video broadcast of horse racing exclusively to NYRA Rewards account holders with a Roku® Internet video player.

“NYRA is thrilled to bring live thoroughbred racing on the Roku platform in high quality HD,” explained NYRA’s CIO Tom Thill.  “TelVue understood our need to customize the NYRA HD channel so that we could offer it as an exclusive NYRA Rewards member benefit, and support race calls simultaneously in English and Spanish.”

The NYRA Rewards Roku HD channel is delivered via TelVue’s Hosted Broadcasting service, which processes the incoming video sources – including live remote locations – through the necessary transcoding steps to reach Roku players via secure distribution.

NYRA Rewards members now need only a Roku device and an Internet connection to be able to watch full-screen HD TV video of live races from Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.

“TelVue is pleased to help NYRA pioneer the transmission of live racing events to its valued members,” said Paul Andrews, TelVue’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “Our technology is designed to open up new Internet broadcast possibilities for sports and other high value events.”

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.

Read more …

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!