Edina is Comcast’s first HD PEG channel in Minnesota
Community Channel 16 in Minnesota recently became the state’s first
Public-Access Educational Government channel to broadcast in HD
on Comcast cable systems.
town’s hyper-local content is stored on four Cablecast
server and automation systems within two seven-foot tall
equipment racks in a refurbished storage room in Edina’s City Hall.
the City of Edina’s Communications and Technology Services
Department, the Emmy-Award winning station, known as EDINA 16,
produces multiple HD/SD PEG channels. The hyper-local
content—such as the biweekly Agenda: Edina news program and Beyond
the Badge, a monthly show about public safety in Edina—is stored on
four Cablecast SX
server and automation systems from Tightrope Media Systems, playing
programs to air according to the station's pre-determined schedule.
features live coverage of the City of Edina City Council and
Planning Commission meetings mixed with news and public affairs
programs. Local residents can access programming on Comcast Ch.
813 in HD and Ch. 16 in SD.
Denfeld, video production coordinator for Edina Ch. 16, said the
Tightrope technology serves as the lynchpin of the operation,
allowing them to schedule and deliver professional broadcast-quality
channels with a very lean staff and limited budget.
ease of use and operation includes automation software to schedule
live and repeat shows with drag and drop ease, and its Front Door
user interface gives us Web-browser based remote monitoring and
control of all four Cablecast servers,” Denfeld said. “With
4 TB of storage and support for popular formats like H.264, MPEG 2/4,
QuickTime, AVI, and WMV, we’re able to schedule and playout shows to
our broadcast and web outlets in a reliable, streamlined workflow.”
Cablecast systems reside in two seven-foot tall equipment racks in a
refurbished storage room in Edina City Hall. The modest facility
includes multiple cameras and a portable video production system with
green-screen backdrop that can be set up in the Council Chambers.
Cablecast has helped us turn a City Hall storage room into a fully
functioning, multichannel HD/SD broadcast television facility
complete with automated scheduling and web-based remote access,”