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Details: http://archive.org/details/mainecommunitytvarchives

List of Submissions: http://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Amainecommunitytvarchives&sort=-publicdate

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Through the generous support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Archives, the Community Television Association of Maine (CTAM) has received grant funds to begin an exciting, new archival project.

An invitation is being extended to all community television stations in Maine to participate by submitting existing video of historical events and topics unique to local people and places which will be cataloged and preserved on archive.org. Through archive.org these materials can be accessed from a centralized data base from anywhere there is an internet connection with a few key search terms. This will be a valuable resource for individuals, groups, schools, genealogists and all those who wish to research and preserve the local community history and culture.

Belfast Community Television has been selected as the site where this project will be coordinated by Archivist, Anne Allee with technical oversight by Ned Lightner, Station Manager.

Inquiries are welcome at ctamarchive@gmail.com

Programs for submission should be sent in DVD format to:

CTAM Archive Project
c/o Belfast Community Media
93 Main Street
Suite 3
Belfast,ME 04915

Download the following PDF files for more information:

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Special Note: The PDF and Excel spread sheet files containing listings of community television access centers in Maine have been removed from this resources page as we are now maintaining this listing in an expanded form as an interactive database that may be updated at any time by authorized access center managers.  Please visit the Centers page to display a searchable and sortable listing from which you may generate your own customized PDF file.  You may also wish to visit the Contact page to obtain a listing of e-mail addresses for Maine access centers and the Links page for a listing of centers with websites.

If you are an access center manager and you have not yet registered as a CTAM website user, please do so as soon as possible so that we may then authorize you to update your center's contact and other information.  You can even add your center's logo and a photo to be displayed with along with your center's detailed information.

 


CTAMessenger - CTAM's Newsletter

The CTAM newsletter is published three times each year - winter, spring/summer, and fall and is made available in PDF form on this website as well as emailed to Maine access channels and various other individuals and organizations on our mailing list. For more information or to submit stories, photos, or make suggestions please contact CTAMessenger Editor Brian Knoblock at newsletter@ctamaine.org. Advertising opportunities are also available for access related equipment vendors/manufacturers or service providers in both the newsletter and on this website.

PegMedia.org Media Sharing for PEG Stations

It started pretty simply.  The Maine show "Second Act" was being produced, but had lost the sponsor for distributing the DVD’s, so an alternative was needed.  That was the first step.

Then there were other Maine shows that needed distribution as well. Soon it became the "Rockport Distribution Initiative", duping and mailing DVD’s for a number of Maine shows.

But that got to be lots of work and lots of expense, so we tried electronic distribution. The time seemed to be right. Download speeds had increased and lots of content was available. Very quickly the DVD’s were outmoded and electronic distribution via an FTP site took over completely. Soon most of the stations in Maine that showed outside content were participating.

And then it turned out that there were stations and producers outside of Maine who also wanted to participate. To automate the process and to make it more useful, a web site www.pegmedia.org was created on top of the FTP site to be the entry portal.

The PegMedia.org site was not intended to be the end all site for PEG distribution. It’s a simple implementation. There are several other sites around the country under development and the PegMedia site might consolidate into one or more of those down the road.  But for now, it’s working, it’s growing, and it seems to be pretty effective.

If you’re community station, we welcome you to take a look at www.pegmedia.org and join if you’d like. It’s free to stations and producers. And if you know of other stations in Maine or elsewhere who might be interested, please help get the word out.

Newly Available for Download From PegMedia

Longmeadow. Massachusetts goes HD with TelVue

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:12:25 +0000

BY TRACEY DURANT, PROJECT COORDINATOR, LONGMEADOW COMMUNITY TV

On March 13, Channel 809 in Longmeadow, Mass., became the first Comcast PEG channel on the East Coast to broadcast in high definition. Although the announcement on the LCTV website was modest, the implications for PEG are huge—Longmeadow Community TV is a test case in that elusive PEG goal: transition to the HD tier.

“We were ready to do it and convinced Comcast it was time,” said LCTV Board Chair Steve Wolman.“It was a matter of networking, developing relationships with people in Comcast at our end, and having the equipment ready to go.”

Project Coordinator Tracey Durant works a camera in LCTV's studio.

Being HD-ready was key. Longmeadow recently had to move its studio, and took advantage of the move to build out entirely in HD. The station bought seven new cameras (three Sony HXCD70K for in studio, four Sony EVI-HD1 with RM-BR300 controllers for the community meeting room), installed a new switcher (For-A Hanabi HVS-390HS) and routing, converted to digital audio and upgraded the lighting (two Cool-Lux CL-500BFV lights were added in addition to Altman 650L Fresnels and an Arri Soft 2000). With the addition of a TelVue HD HyperCaster broadcast system for playout, the transition was complete.

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PhillyCAM Now Cablecasting in Gorgeous HD on Comcast 966

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:23:54 +0000

Editor's Note: The following announcement is extremely important to PEG stations because it represents a change in the position of at least one forward thinking cable company, Comcast, regarding providing HD broadcasting capability to PEG stations. This new trend can only help not only PEG stations and their viewers, but cable companies as well as they start providing high quality community programming.

This story has been opened for comments which we hope any stations wishing to contribute to this dialog to participate in.

Additionally, we welcome similar announcements from other PEG stations from around the country (or world) as we all are progressing towards ubiquitous HD programming. Please email PegMedia.org@gmail.com if you have your own success story."


PhillyCAM announced July 1, 2015 that it is now cablecasting unique hyper local television in high definition (HD) on Comcast 966. Philadelphia's public access channel joins only a handful of community television stations around the country to have successfully made this transition. Here is video of today's announcement here: https://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01193 &video=241545

"Our community-based producers have been creating video content in high-definition for some time but our cable channels on Comcast and Verizon were only available in standard definition. It is a real validation of their work that it is now being seen in the quality it was intended", commented PhillyCAM Executive Director Gretjen Clausing.

The upgrade to HD was negotiated by the City and Comcast as part of the 2007 cable franchise amendment clearing the way for the launch of PhillyCAM. Guaranteed HD broadcasting was one of the many future-proofing provisions that grassroots cable activists fought for as part of their campaign to bring public access television to Philadelphia. This past fall, the City of Philadelphia made the request to Comcast to upgrade the channel and Comcast worked with PhillyCAM over the past 7 months to ensure that all Comcast subscribers in Philadelphia can now enjoy PhillyCAM's award winning content on a state of the art HD channel.

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DW EUROPE IN CONCERT

Fri, 29 May 2015 01:17:16 +0000


For a third year, Deutsche Welle is back this summer with another season of some of Europe’s best rock and popular musicians with DW Europe in Concert. From old masters to some of Europe’s rising new stars, DW Europe in Concert provides your viewers with a great weekly sampling of music captured live in concert halls around the continent.

This year’s summer season presents live sessions with groups as diverse as 2Cellos to Britain’s blues and soul singer Alex Hepburn. There will also be appearances by Arctic Monkeys, Caroline Chevin, The Lovebugs, Unhellig, and jazz singer Thomas Quasthoff and more.

There is a 7 days window rights for these 42-minute programs so ensure to use them each week throughout the summer. Find them in Deutsche Welle’s Arts and Cultural Programming page only on Pegmedia.org at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/136/detail. The first of 14 episodes will be available Monday, May 25th. The new episode are down at the bottom of the page.

Editor's Note: These are spectacular! Be sure to check them out.

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