TelVue’s CampusOneTV Offers Schools a Server-Based TV System

On Monday, Marlton, NJ-based TelVue will launch CampusOneTV, a college- and university-oriented TV broadcast platform. The complete “TV-station-in-a-box” is designed to provide schools with a low-cost, fully integrated, server-based system that can be the centerpiece of a new campus television system or allow schools to upgrade legacy equipment and move into HD distribution.

“There are two trends on university campuses,” says TelVue President/CEO Jesse Lerman. “While the majority of university and college campuses have radio stations, most don’t have any type of local TV station.”

He points out that it has historically been expensive and complicated to undertake a television venture. “The other trend that’s pretty exciting is, there are a lot of HD displays [on campuses], but the schools are not taking advantage of next-generation technology.”

CampusOneTV provides the “ability to move cost-effectively to HD,” Lerman says. “One of the things we do is bring professional broadcast quality with Web-based simplicity.”

The system comprises three integrated components. At the center is the IP digital broadcast server, which includes “everything you need to manage content,” he says. The server provides easy search functions and drag-and-drop scheduling and handles all automation and playback.

The integrated digital-signage component enables updated broadcast messages, such as life-safety communications, to be generated from any authorized Internet-connected computer via Web-based interface.

The third piece provides live streaming and video-on-demand for the Internet. “If a campus is broadcasting a hyper-local channel,” Lerman says, “they can also reach outside the campus over the Internet. It plugs right into the college Website and is brand-able.”

TelVue’s server line, he says, supports a variety of formats, which can integrate with existing infrastructures.

He describes CampusOneTV as “pretty unique. It’s a ‘one-stop shop’ with support from one company. You know everything is going to work together.

“We live in a video world now,” he continues, noting that every new PC and Mac is loaded with powerful video-editing tools. “It’s an important creative outlet for students. [CampusOneTV] serves as an educational piece as well for training the next generation of media professionals, who are getting experience using these new, modern broadcast and video platforms and marrying the traditional workflows with new Web-based technologies. [It’s] putting the power in the hands of students to run their own television channels and get their creative works displayed on campus as well. That’s pretty exciting.”

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