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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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Station of the Month: LexMedia – for taking PEG to HD

August 9, 2013, 11:05 am by dliu

LexMediaLogoCongratulations 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 …

Station of the Month: Shrewsbury goes HD

April 24, 2013, 12:06 pm by dliu
Shrewsbury delivers three HD channels to its cable viewers.

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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The Rutgers Channel Goes Global

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 …

Sandwich TV: Our Station-of-the-Month

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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The Little Station That Could

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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Playback Automation

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 …

And we mean, everywhere

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 …

Think Big

October 5, 2012, 10:18 am by dliu

Told you we’d be at Mass Access.  That’s the TelVue logo on the Jumbotron at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium, site of today’s Mass Access mini-conference.

See you at Mass Access

October 2, 2012, 5:16 pm by dliu

TelVue is very pleased to be the Major Sponsor of this year’s Mass Access Mini-Conference, Oct 5 in Foxboro, MA. Mass Access provides a platform for support, training and communications for more than 150 Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access television stations across the state of Massachusetts.

“TelVue is glad of the opportunity to support such an active community broadcasting group as Mass Access,” said Charles Paige, TelVue’s representative to the Northeastern U.S. “New England — and Massachusetts in particular — is proof of the vitality of public access programming and local broadcasting.”

“The three workshops offered at the mini conference will address a few of the ever-changing challenges we face in our industry.,” said Mass Access Board President Bob Kelly. “TelVue’s diverse product line is featured in all three; Making the HD format transition, Sports coverage – on the field and off, and Programming beyond your cable channels. TelVue’s innovative ideas have allowed community media centers to have the look and feel of broadcast network stations on cable television and IP programming. We are grateful for their partnership.”

This year’s Mass Access mini-conference will be held at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.