Seattle Government TV taps BroadStream playout

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 18 December 2014

Seattle's cable access TV station, King County TV (Channel 22), has tapped BroadStream's OASYS playout system to bring all its content to air.

Based in the King County Courthouse in Seattle, the station records and broadcasts live meetings for the King County Council, and produces pieces that feature other agencies such as the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Sheriff's department, parks and transportation.

"We shoot everything in HD these days and recently completed a full station upgrade to HD," said King County TV Station manager James Burns. "There's no shortage of 'channel-in-a box'-type systems on the market, but after a comprehensive analysis we felt like the OASYS system had the right balance of features and functionality for our needs and gave us the flexibility we wanted for the future."

One of King County TV's main requirements was to find a system with a streamlined way to programme the automation.

"Being able to drag-and-drop on the playlist is great, and we really benefit from features like autofill," Burns said. "Unlike a commercial station, our programmes have various lengths, so we have gaps to fill. Autofill takes material from a folder we have created and automatically fills those gaps with various public service announcements and short features."

The system also has a 24-hour compliance record feature, to create a time-stamped video log of what the station has played to air over the last 24 hours.

"OASYS makes it easy to set up and run crawls as well as take in RSS feeds," Burns noted. "I can even run crawls remotely from my home during weather emergencies or other significant events. When inserting a logo or bugs, OASYS has a hot keys feature that can do this on the fly so we don't have to create individual effects for every event separately."

King County typically prepares its TV schedule a week in advance, so it needed to find a system that would allow them to put placeholders in for media files not yet captured. "Once we ingest the meeting and name the file, the system scans the inventory, identifies it, and cues it up, which saves us a lot of time," Burns said