Tightrope Media Systems Supports Suburban Community Channels
Multichannel scheduling, playout, slo-mo enabled
July 16, 2014
ST. PAUL, MINN.— One Minneapolis-area
broadcaster is leveraging the full Tightrope portfolio to establish connections
beyond master control.
Channels has been the Community TV and media resource connection for the
northeast Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs for more than 30 years, delivering 17
physical channels from its facility. As the local cable franchise authority for
Comcast, the PEG broadcaster delivers eight channels of
programming across 12 municipalities, including discrete government channels for each
community. Suburban Community Channels populates its remaining channels with a
variety of imported and locally produced content, the latter of which includes
live broadcasts of high school sports.
Suburban Community Channels
relies on solutions across Tightrope’s portfolio to manage all content. In
master control, Tightrope Cablecast server and automation platforms deliver programming
to Comcast viewers, simultaneously serving on-demand content to online viewers.
Cablecast has played a significant role for the core master control operation, transitioning
Suburban Community Channels from analog to SDI digital. On July 16, “On
Location TV19” became the first channel in the cluster to transition to HD.
Operators can connect
to the central Cablecast server from any location with web access, and schedule
programming weeks in advance; or make scheduling changes on the fly. Cablecast
also allows Suburban Community Channels to quickly add new channels and
applications, the most recent of which was a video-on-demand service that
offers city council meetings on the website of its member municipalities.
Tightrope Carousel digital signage solutions support transitional broadcast
feeds, including bulletin boards between programs. The Carousel systems also
deliver a bright and lively mix of rotating informational programming for
visitors and employees inside its lobby areas, providing an additional
public-facing benefit for establishing community connections.
On board its
production truck, the broadcaster uses a Tightrope Zeplay solution for slo-mo
instant replay of highlights from varsity football and other local high school