June 27, 2014, 9:26 am by dliu
As 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.
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 …
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!
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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August 9, 2013, 11:05 am by dliu
Congratulations to LexMedia for launching a brand new High-Definition (HD) channel! And kudos to RCN Boston for recognizing the value of locally-produced programming, and for being the first private cable system in Massachusetts to grant a PEG TV station an HD channel.
“It’s important for public access folks to be up in the HD tier,” says Tom Steel, RCN Vice President and Regulatory Counsel, who facilitated LexMedia’s HD request. “I’m happy we could accommodate them, and we’ll open it up for anybody who wants to follow that same route.” RCN is currently in seventeen communities in the Greater Boston area. Read more …
April 24, 2013, 12:06 pm by dliu
Shrewsbury delivers three HD channels to its cable viewers.
Shrewsbury Media Connection (SMC) has the distinction of becoming the first access station in Massachusetts to deliver all three of their P,E, and G channels over their cable system in glorious HD. “Maybe the first HD cable access channels East of the Mississippi,” ventured Shrewsbury Executive Director, Bill Nay, “It’s amazing now.”
It helps that the Town of Shrewsbury (pop. around 35,000) operates the town’s only cable system, SELCO. Some time ago, Nay got assurances from SELCO that the Shrewsbury channels would have a place on the HD tier, and after some re-engineering and upgrading of equipment, they switched over to HD on Feb 28th.
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February 27, 2013, 9:49 am by dliu
The Rutgers Channel is now available as an Internet TV channel in the Roku store
The latest addition to the Roku channel listings is the Rutgers Channel, which showcases Rutgers University’s original TV programming. The Rutgers Channel is just part of the operations of the RU-tv Network, which we feature here as our Station-of-the-Month.
With 40,434 students, the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University is as big as a moderately-sized American town. Like many towns, it has its own television station. But unlike a town, RU-tv is more than a station: Rutgers University Television Network distributes seven local origination channels and a selection of nearly one hundred additional channels to the more than 16,000 students who live on campus. That’s a lot of work.
We’re highlighting RU-tv as our station-of-the-month, not only because of the impressive scope of their work, but also because of their innovation. Today’s global launch of “The Rutgers Channel” on Roku, developed by TelVue and powered by TelVue CloudCast, is just the latest example of that. Read more …
December 18, 2012, 4:06 pm by dliu
Sandwich Community TV is the epitome of a vital community media hub.
Consider how much the modest PEG station does for this historic town, located at the very beginning of the Cape Cod peninsula:
- Operate the High School Media Center
- Cover government meetings, and collaborate with their Selectmen to produce civics programming
- Produce a wide range of public access programs, including talk shows, PSAs, and programs in coordination with other non-profits in the region
- Feature local businesses, through close association with the chamber of commerce
- Produce vignettes on Sandwich history, in cooperation with the local historical commission
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November 20, 2012, 10:12 am by dliu
WBMA’s Bob Duthaler in HD studio
In proving that you don’t have to wait to broadcast in HD, WBMA-TV earns its place as our first “Station of the Month”. Find out how WBMA-TV does it. Register now for the next TelVue Webinar on How PEGs can Broadcast in HD. Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 2pm.
WBMA-TV has always been the little station that could — a municipal station with a broad mandate to cover all aspects of community life: from government, to sports, cultural events, and news. As a result, you’re just as likely to see a concert on their channel as an emergency weather alert, election results, a basketball game, or a press conference. And in 2012, WBMA-TV became the first New Jersey PEG station to broadcast in HD – over the Internet.
Bob Duthaler, the station’s Executive Director, prides himself on keeping his station in the forefront of broadcast technology. That’s why he adopted TelVue’s HD/SD Simulcast System to show off his station’s high production values, while sending the required SD signal to the cable and telco carriers. “We shoot a good portion of our programs on HD,” Duthaler explains, “But the biggest disappointment was not to be able to broadcast to our community in HD.”
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October 27, 2012, 8:11 am by dliu
TelVue Systems Engineer Chris Perry on an ACM West panel
The title of the panel was “Program Playback – The Latest Trends in Automation”, and holding forth on the benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS) was TelVue Systems Engineer Chris Perry. The setting was the ACM West regional conference in Sacramento.
Like a rock star, Chris Perry then jetted back across the country to prepare for his next public appearance: he will be leading a TelVue Users Group at the ACM NE Conference in Plymouth, MA, on Nov. 1. Read more …
October 26, 2012, 9:33 pm by dliu
Andrews, watching WBMA streaming on his laptop at 35,000 feet
When TelVue says we put our customers on the air, everywhere, we weren’t really thinking about the cabin of an airplane. But this picture, taken by TelVue SVP Paul Andrews at 35,000 feet, proves that you can view a live CloudCast feed, not only on the air, but in the air. New airline services include on board Internet, making it possible to access a CloudCast stream from anywhere in the U.S., even while enroute. PEG Power! Read more …