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Boothbay Region Community Television (BRCTV) in Maine has chosen the Cablecast Community Media platform and Cablecast Reflect cloud-based stream delivery service from Tightrope Media Systems as the linchpins of its streaming operations.

brctv 15 nov 2018The station, which has been in operation since 1995, had no dedicated studio space nor scheduling system for their broadcasts; its pre-millennial automation system was no longer usable, so DVDs were being burned weekly and played out in a loop. It decided to implement new infrastructure to be designed around their fresh live streaming focus, it said.

“We wanted the tools to do it right, enabling professional-looking results that show our value to the community,” he said. “Public-access television in our town started as all-volunteer, but had evolved to a full-time person doing most of the film-making, which made it more like commercial TV than community media,” said Cody Mitchell, station manager and director of photography at BRCTV.

“In the last 18 months, we’ve undergone a major change in character and mission, with a renewed emphasis on volunteerism. Technology has also advanced significantly in the last five years, so while we still broadcast on Spectrum, we’ve chosen to make live streaming our bread and butter. I’m part of the younger age group that isn’t watching cable but should still be able to watch public access. For BRCTV, live streaming isn’t just an adjunct to our cable channel – it’s our primary medium.”

BRCTV is using a Cablecast Flex Lite playout server, the Cablecast Live streaming system and Carousel bulletin board system from reseller Headlight Audio Visual.

“Cablecast fit our workflow really well,” Mitchell explained. “The intuitive scheduling interface is great and has a lot of tools that really help us manage the maddening puzzle of fitting all of our programming pieces together. Being able to access the system remotely through the web-based interface is fantastic, as the volunteers I assign to do scheduling and manage Carousel can do so from home any time they want. Multiple volunteers can even work on different parts of the schedule at the same time.”