Great news! Video on Demand (VOD) is back up. If you didn’t already know, VOD is a value-added service available to our member producers. Over the last few months, our playback server has overhauled the VOD system and we have taken advantage of that time to rework the process to make it as easy and enriching an experience for both producers and viewers alike.
Eligibility rules and a VOD submission form are available on the website in the website’s Forms section. I’ll go over some of the most important points now but be sure to take the time to read the rules in full.
Basically, your new episode is eligible to be uploaded to VOD if it meets 3 important criteria:
- It is filmed using Somerville Media Center facilities or equipment.
- It contains original content made from May 2017 onward.
- It has been cablecast at least once on SCATV Channel 3.
If your work meets these 3 points, then the only step after that is to fill out the VOD submission form. It’s important that you fill this form out for each new episode you are requesting. The details you provide such as the date, summary and guests will be available from the VOD interface much like you would see in a VOD service like Netflix or Hulu.
Which brings up an important point… just as services such as those are not archives nor repositories, neither is the SCATV VOD. If you aren’t already, you should have other methods of archive and distribution in place where your episodes will live permanently.
In fact, content uploaded on the VOD will remain online for no more than 90 days. Shows that are on VOD after the 90 days may be deleted at any time without notice.
Typically, content will be uploaded to the VOD within 3 businesses days of the initial airing on channel 3.
We’re excited to be able to offer this to you, our members, who make Somerville Media Center and SCATV Channel 3 the best that community media has to offer.
Happy producing and here is a video detailing everything!