Friday, June 10, 2011

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To Producers:

Thank you for your patience.

We will hold a meeting on Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm, here at SCCtv.  At this meeting we will discuss the details of the transition.  We will also discuss the Open Media setup and our plans to train everyone on it.  Probably the most important part of this meeting will be to take your questions.

Where is is SCCtv?  We are located in the Education Building on the North Seattle Community College campus.  The college address is 9600 College Way North.  The Education Building is on the east side of the campus.  SCCtv is located on the ground floor.  There is a possibility that the meeting will be held in a large classroom space on the top floor of this building.  If that happens we'll let you know and leave signage out to point you in the right direction.

Here is what we can tell you about the transition timeline:

    -We will begin broadcasting public access as Seattle Community Media at 12:01am on July 1.  We will be broadcasting programming we will have received from SCAN prior to this time, including any pre-produced shows for the month of July.  We will be broadcasting on one of SCCtv's back-up broadcast servers.

    -We plan to move the broadcast server SCAN is currently using to SCCtv on July 1.  We will then begin configuring that server.

    -We are already working to implement the Open Media software.  A significant portion of the configuration cannot happen until we receive the broadcast server that SCAN will be broadcasting with until June 30.

    -We willl not upload any new programming during the month of July, or until the Open Media system is up and running.  During this period we will be showing reruns of your programs.

    -As soon as we receive the check-out gear, we will set up the check-out room, again, notifying everyone when that is ready to begin using.

    -Toward the end of June, as SCAN permits, we will begin removing edit gear for set up here.

    -If all goes as planned, we begin removing SCAN Studio Two the week of June 27th for set up here.

    -We will begin setting up the large studio here after July 1 or once the small studio is up and running.

    -There will be no live broadcasting from either studio.

    -We will maintain as much of the current programming schedule as possible into the foreseeable future.


Other important information:

    - Fees will be similar to SCAN's current fees.  You will be able to become a member and pay online.  More on that later.

    -Once this studio is set up we will notify everyone and begin scheduling show tapings.  Remember, we will not be providing as much studio time as you are used to at SCAN.  We will be encouraging people to find locations within the communities their shows focus on as potential settings.  We believe this will add to productions.

    -Once the ingest stations are functional with the Open Media platform, you can begin uploading your programs.  If you continue to produce shows in July, these can be uploaded at this time.

    -As you might imagine, we will be extremely busy, setting up a television station in just over a month's time, which is unheard of.  We would prefer that producers not stop by for tours.  We will keep you apprised of how things are coming along on a weekly basis, if not more often.

Again, thanks for your patience and we really look forward to working with everyone.