If you or your company are thinking of making your own TV station then there are some preliminary steps you need to take to get started. You will need to begin by asking yourself some basic questions.
- What type of station will this be? Entertainment, NEWS, religious?
What will be my distribution platform? Satellite, Cable, or Internet?
Will you make your own video content? or will you purchase content? Maybe you will do some of both.
Will this be a 24/7 channel?
Will you need the ability to broadcast live? If you need the ability to broadcast live will this be from inside your studio or outside your studio? This is important because if you are a NEWS team and you want the ability to broadcast live then you would need to plan in advance for a way to deliver your live feed from the field. Then once the signal is delivered live to your studio it must still be put through a video server to add on screen graphics overlays and sent out live to your satellite or cable operator.
All of these above steps may seem elementary but you still need to take the time to write them down and discuss them with your team or board of directors. As the saying goes “the devil is in the details” and your planning stages should be comprehensive.
Next you need to decide on a studio location. Or decide where you will be setting up your equipment. There is no need to get an extravagant office down town. That is the beauty of TV is you only show what you want your viewers to see. Many of my clients have setup studios in their basement or in their own homes to save money and time. If you are just re-broadcasting prerecorded content then really you do not need a very large space at all. In fact you could do it from a closet.
Develop your work flow. Once you have the space you need then it is time to contemplate what type of equipment you will need. For example if you are starting a NEWS station then you need to take into consideration several elements. One your filming element. What type of cameras you need, how many cameras for multiple angles, the type of video server and graphics overlay you need (for stock quotes, scrolling headlines and so forth), virtual studio equipment and so on. Two you need to consider the sets you will be filming on. You need to decide how many sets what type of news desks, lighting and background. You will also need to decide the type of image you want your channel to portray and choose the right sets to do so. Three you need to configure a live feed from the field and a live feed from your studio to the satellite up link or cable operator.
As you can see putting together a TV station is a combination of several elements to many to be listed in just this short article. Another element you will need to face obtaining a carriage agreement with a satellite operator or cable operator. This in itself can be a task that can take up time and resources.
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I get this question I think more than any other question. “What is needed to start my Internet TV Station”?. Of course this can vary greatly from one project to another but in most cases you would be surprised how easy it is to start your own Internet TV station. In most cases nothing is needed except your computer. For the sake of this article however lets ignore the “production” side of things. It is generally understood you will be producing video or acquiring the rights to video content for your internet TV channel.
A traditional TV channel has what they call a “video server”. This is where you can house your hundreds of hours of programing and schedule it for broadcasting. This is where your play list is generated and played. The video stream goes out the output of your video server and into an encoder and sent via satellite or high speed private network to your cable operator. Now for a traditional TV channel this is a necessary piece of equipment. The video server is also what would display onscreen graphics like sports scores, stock quotes, and other on screen graphics. This process is what gives a channel its look and feel.
So what does this have to do with Internet TV? Well for one a Internet TV channel can have this built into their site to where the play list is automated using a database and PHP. A real TV station is far more demanding than a Internet station. So the process of managing video content and developing your play list can now be done with software built into your Internet TV site. This process is controlled from the admin panel. Your admin panel or your “CMS” is where you can upload and manage your video content. Scheduling videos hours, days, or months in advance to play at specific times or in a specific order.
The notion that many people have that you need thousands of dollars of equipment is an outdated thought process. Now do not misunderstand me. There are some Internet TV station that need a traditional video server. Especially for those that may be broadcasting sports online and need a real time application to overlay dynamically changing graphics (like sports scores, or stock quotes). In these cases it would be advantageous to invest in such a server. However for the average company broadcasting online such equipment is not needed.
So what equipment is really absolutely necessary to have your own Internet TV station? Well surprisingly the answer is NOTHING!. Yes everything these days can be controlled using web applications and this is great news for people and companies with much smaller budgets that want to start their own Internet TV station.
All of our Internet TV packages already come with everything programmed into your Internet TV site and there is no need for additional equipment. Our packages are turn key and come with the TV website (you use your own domain) the admin panel, and the bandwidth needed. Feel free to check out our Channel Manager by clicking here.
If you are looking to start a TV station online you have come to the right place. Many people have un answered questions when it comes to starting an online station. Many people just have no idea where to begin or how much money to budget for such a project. In this article I will give you a few tips to help you understand the process so that you can begin.
The first thing you have to understand is what is a online TV station. It is a hyped up website with a video player and a play list. For a online TV station to work you have to have a front end and a back end. Your front end is what the customer sees. It is the the look and feel that you want your online station to have. This is where your viewer and customer will experience your channel and the features you have programmed into it. The back end is called “CMS” or “content management system”. This is where you manage the front end of your website. This is where you can upload and schedule your videos for playout. This is a very important part of your Internet TV website. In fact it is so important that your online station does not function without it. The management of your online station is done from this CMS (admin panel). Typically it acts as a back door to your website and you log in with your user name and password.
It is important that before you start a TV station online that you write down how you want the site to function and all the capabilities you want it to have. All of these things need to be discussed before your site is built. For example if you want to charge a subscription fee, have a video on demand page for archived videos or whatever it is you want to do these features must be built into the admin panel. Your CMS or admin panel will give you the power to build play lists, upload archived videos, manage your written content and much more.
So how much does it cost to begin. Well we specialize in these services. We have turn key packages starting at just $199/month. Our packages are complete with a complete Internet TV site with a custom design tailored just to your needs. The site come complete with the CMS that you require to run your station. You can use your own domain name as our sites are white labeled so that your viewers have no idea we are the ones that provided the site. We also act as your CDN and can handle all of your bandwidth needs. This way you can still keep your shared hosting account to run your station but the videos will play pulling the bandwidth from our servers. You can feel free to view all of our packages by clicking here or feel free to browse our site for our other services.
Start a online TV station now instead of later. We have already done all the work for you! Yes you can also broadcast live!