By Kevin Woods - RCTV Coordinator
Carriage Towne News
---- — RAYMOND - Raymond Community Television (RCTV) Ch 13 and 22 in Raymond has introduced new features available to not only viewers but to anyone with access to the Internet.
The RCTV Community Bulletin board lists local events, activities and important information from town, school, and local organizations. The bulletin board slides are now available for viewing on the RCTV web site at http://raymondtv.org. Viewers can point their mouse at the bottom of the window and advance slides manually or even pause them. With a recent upgrade to the equipment that broadcasts programs and the bulletin board we can now download the bulletin board slides. This, coupled along with Goggle’s Picassa photo sharing site, allows us to create a slide show that can be embedded on the RCTV web site.
RCTV has also launched a new on-demand streaming site. Government meetings and locally produced access programs will now by uploaded overnight to the “Peg Central” web site. The address is http://raymondtv.pegcentral.com.
This site will allow viewers to scroll through a meeting or rewind it as needed. RCTV is also able to add index points. This will allow viewers to jump to a specific point in a meeting provided the board or committee has provided RCTV with an accurate agenda prior to the meeting. Because the files are hosted on the Peg Central site, bandwidth is less of an issue and multiple users should be able to access the video at one time. While programs upload overnight, it may take us a day or two to add the index points. For those who want to download a program to their local computer RCTV will still maintain their present file-sharing site.
On Election Day, March 12th, voters in Raymond will be presented with a warrant article asking to allow RCTV to spend funds from its Special Reserve Fund. These funds will include operating costs for the year and money for a major capital equipment replacement project. The Cable TV Committee who manages the operation of RCTV would like to upgrade the cameras and switching equipment in the two meeting rooms and production studio. This would significantly improve the quality of the video during meetings and public access programs. In addition we are planning on introducing live streaming which will allow those who are traveling to view meetings and school events live. At this time we will be able to live stream one program at a time. There will be no tax impact from this warrant article as the funds are already in savings and come from the franchise fee paid by subscribers.
For more information about RCTV, its funding, the Cable TV committee, and its programming visit our web site at http://raymondtv.org. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org