Somerset Access Television(SATV)

"Out of all of the playback systems that are farmed to us at these seminars, tech shows, and public access shows, to me, LEIGHTRONIX is the best."

–Lori Belché (Station Operations Manager)

Somerset, MA—Somerset Access TV (SATV) is a local PEG station in Massachusetts that runs a public access, a government, and an education channel, and maintains a PEG Central video-on-demand site that combines the content from all three channels in one convenient location online. Somerset logo

Lori Belché, SATV’s station operation manager, said the PEG Central® video-on-demand service is extremely valuable to her station because it allows her viewers to watch specific content whenever they want. A resident’s schedule may not allow them to see a show when it broadcasts, but with
PEG Central they can view the desired content at a time that is convenient for them.

"People are loving (PEG Central) in this town. Most people watch the meetings but even if I schedule the meetings every single day, there’s going to be somebody that didn’t see it or just wants to watch a certain part,” Belché said. "They love that they can see it on their iPad and their phone, so it’s nice that it integrates well with all those too.”

LEIGHTRONIX is "the Best"

Belché said she made sure to do her research before choosing a video-on-demand service and she decided that PEG Central was the service she liked the most.

"I've been to all these seminars and all these places where they do product demonstrations, and all the shows," Belché said. "I like LEIGHTRONIX the best. It just looks nicer, it's designed better. The design of the other ones to me looks like the web in 1995, it's not visually pretty. I like that LEIGHTRONIX takes up the entire screen, that straight across you can see the description. The other ones, I'm just not a fan of, they look like something that was designed and tossed…And the LEIGHTRONIX interface is totally user friendly for people who go to use it."

To organize her PEG Central site, Belché takes advantage of the folder capability of the service and sorts the default page by creation date. When users first go to the Somerset site, Belché has set the page to order the videos by creation date. Belché then sets the creation date to the date the video first airs on the broadcast channel so when viewers go to the PEG Central page, the newest broadcasts are the most recent (and topmost) videos on PEG Central. Belché has also set up a folder system to make it easy to find videos on the site. She has folders dedicated to such topics as town meetings, selectman meetings, high school videos, and more. With this feature, a viewer can easily click a folder of the topic they are interested in and see all of the videos on that topic.

Lori Belche

"I've been to all these seminars and all these places where they do product demonstrations, and all the shows. I like LEIGHTRONIX the best." –Lori Belché

Same Hardware

To post the videos on PEG Central, Belché is able to use the same piece of hardware that she uses to air the station's content on its cable channels, the UltraNEXUS™ video server. The UltraNEXUS creates two copies of the files it records or ingests: one broadcast quality file and one file optimized for online video-on-demand viewing.

The content SATV airs comes from various places and in various forms, all of which the UltraNEXUS is able to easily handle.

"We have originally produced content, we have a few people that come in and do some shows, and we have MyMassTV which is an app across Massachusetts, we often share whatever we feel is appropriate for the region and pull programs from there. A lot of people put documentary style stuff (on MyMassTV) or area sports," Belché said. "We have people who bring in DVDs who produce outside the station who are town members. They bring their stuff in already produced and we just play it on the air for them. Then we have the meetings and the stuff at the school from the students."

Supplemental Content

No matter how the content is delivered to SATV or who it comes from, Belché is able to manage all her channels and access all of the content with the WinLGX™ scheduling software. Belché is also able to schedule supplemental content with the UltraNEXUS using WinLGX. Belché has utilized the easy automation, Virtual Channel fallback playlists, Advanced Slide Editor, and TOTAL INFO®.

"We do use TOTAL INFO and people love that. They turn it on just to see the weather," Belché said. "Most of the people know that I will keep TOTAL INFO on longer in the early morning so they can see the weather or the news quickly, and they can check the traffic before they leave for work. They love that."

Mixed in with TOTAL INFO, Belché likes to incorporate slides she receives from businesses, schools, or government departments. Currently Somerset is building a new high school and the school sends Belché slides to air to keep the town updated on its progress.

"We have a school being built and once a month they give me a slide presentation or PowerPoint. I take it and put it to music so people can see how the school is moving along and they love that," Belché said. "That's a great place to put it too, because it plays a lot throughout the day."

With all of the extra capabilities of the UltraNEXUS, and its ability to operate her broadcast channels and automatically upload files to her PEG Central site, Belché said she has been extremely happy with her LEIGHTRONIX products and services.

"Out of all of the playback systems that are farmed to us at these seminars, tech shows, and public access shows, to me, LEIGHTRONIX is the best," Belché said. "Especially in the video-on-demand area."

The Problem

Somerset Access TV needed a video server solution that could broadcast their public, government, and education channels, and automatically create files for and deliver content to a video-on-demand site.

The Solution

How It Works

The UltraNEXUS automates the station's broadcast channels and creates files optimized for video-on-demand streaming and automatically delivers these files to PEG Central. The PEG Central web hosting and video-on-demand site can be easily navigated so viewers can find desired content at their convenience.

In Their Words

"Most people watch the meetings but even if I schedule the meetings every single day, there's going to be somebody that didn't see it or just wants to watch a certain part.."

–Lori Belché
Station Operation Manager

End Result

"Out of all of the playback systems that are farmed to us at these seminars, tech shows, and public access shows, to me, LEIGHTRONIX is the best."

–Lori Belché
Station Operation Manager

At a Glance

  • Name: Somerset Access TV
  • Location: Somerset, MA
  • Three Channels: Channel 9 (Public Access), Channel 98 (Educational Access), Channel 15 (Government Access)
  • Nickname and Festival: In the 1960s the town acquired its nickname of "Musictown" and has since had an annual celebration, Musictown Festival
  • Famous Residents:
    • Clifford Milburn Holland–chief engineer and namesake of the Holland Tunnel in New York City
    • Shirley May France–in 1949 she was the youngest person (at the time) to attempt to swim the English Channel
    • Greg Gagne–Former MLB shortstop for the Minnesota Twins, two time World Series champion
    • Nancy Pimental–screenwriter of "The Sweetest Thing"
    • Stephen Rebello–screenwriter of "Hitchcock"
    • Jerry "RemDawg" Remy–former MLB second baseman and current MLB Broadcaster, 1978 All-Star
    • Janet L. Robinson–former President and CEO of the New York Times
    • Captain James Madison Hood–appointed 4th Consul to Siam in 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln, served as Consul to the Court of Siam during the period popularized by the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I"

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