CTAM Is Now On Archive.Org

 CTAM Archives

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

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

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CTAM-Archive-Project/184144901703421

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

Search PegMedia for Shows, Episodes and Text

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 01:28:51 +0000

Tightrope Media Systems is Taking the Reins of PegMedia.org

Tue, 05 Jan 2021 21:42:49 +0000

PegMedia Inc. recently announced the transfer of ownership of PegMedia.org to Tightrope Media Systems, developers of the Cablecast Community Media station automation and multiplatform publishing solutions. Tightrope will now handle all operations and development of PegMedia.org and plans to continue PegMedia’s mission of facilitating easy, low-cost content sharing between community media organizations and producers. Read the full statements from Robert Nichols of PegMedia Inc. and Steve Israelsky of Tightrope Media Systems’ Cablecast Division here.

As a PegMedia.org user, here are some things you may want to know about this ownership transfer:

Q - What happens to my account?
A - No worries! Your account information, the way you access your account, all your files and activities will stay just as they are. They will not be affected by this ownership change.

Q - Will I need to use Tightrope’s Cablecast products to use PegMedia.org in the future?
A - Absolutely not. You can continue to use PegMedia.org regardless of your automation platform.

Q - What about my payment/account info and existing credits?
A - Your credit balance will not be affected. Payments will continue to happen the same way.

Q - Will Tightrope change the credit/pricing structure?
A - Nope. Tightrope intends to keep it the way it is.

Q - What is going to change with this ownership transfer?
A- In the interim, the user experience will remain very much the same. One thing you might notice is an increase in content available as Tightrope’s Cablecast team intends to promote PegMedia.org to its customers who are not currently using it. In time, Tightrope’s Cablecast team will make updates to improve the user experience, but we intend to keep PegMedia.org as accessible and affordable as possible.

We may update this post as we get more questions from users. Do you have a question not addressed here? Reach out to us at info@cablecast.tv.

New Sketch Comedy Show on PegMedia

Tue, 08 Dec 2020 01:35:29 +0000

Picture a comedy sketch show in the tradition of such classical shows as Monty Python, Benny Hill, and Laugh-In. That's "The Andy Due Show"! And it's all on PegMedia.

While we all love a good quilting show or program about bee-keeping, sometimes public access stations can be lacking in material that is strictly entertaining--enter The Andy Due Show. Is it strictly entertaining?! No...but it's cheap. This show caters to a wide variety of ages, and could help bring in some of the younger demographic not often found enjoying locally produced television. Because of the short length of the episodes (approx. 15 minutes), The Andy Due Show also makes for great filler material or to start off/round off an hour's worth of programming that only has 45 minutes worth of content.

Our show is unique in that it's one of the few independently-produced sketch comedy series available to air, all the while maintaining a (decent) standard of production value and artistry. We enjoy making people laugh, and are seeking to expand our audience. By choosing to air this program, you are not only helping us to achieve this goal, but you will also have access to (very) affordable, entertaining programming.

Check the show out at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/1329/detail. 20 Episodes are available in HD and SD.

 Resources - CTAM By Laws and Membership
The following documents may be of interest and may be downloaded by clicking on the download link.
 TitleCategoryModified DateSize 
CTAM Questions and AnswersFAQS9/23/200526.29 KBDownload
CTAM Vendor-Sponsor Application/InvoicePDF11/6/201231.38 KBDownload
CTAM Membership InvoiceMS-Word3/19/2014UnknownDownload
CTAM By Laws - Amended 7-12-11MS Word8/3/201245.50 KBDownload
CTAM By Laws - Amended 7-12-11PDF8/3/201281.81 KBDownload
 Resources - Access Center Policy Manuals/By-Laws
 TitleCategoryModified DateSize 
SPC-TV Policy Manual (Rev. 12-1-05)Microsoft Word12/29/200597.50 KBDownload
Brunswick Cable TV Advisory Comm. By-LawsMS Word10/30/200656.89 KBDownload
 Resources - Technology Guides
 TitleCategoryModified DateSize Description
MMA Technical Conference SlidesZIP Archive3/25/2010607.99 KBDownloadMMA and CTAM presents Internet Streaming and Video on Demand Technologies for Municipal Meetings

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