Tightrope relaunches community media content exchange PEGMedia.org | Infrastructure | New
PEG stations and independent producers who want to stream their content anywhere in the United States can upload their programming to PEGMedia.org. Participating stations can then download and stream the shows locally on their channels. Programs can be downloaded for free, while the nominal download fee – less than $1 per show – only covers the site’s bandwidth and storage costs. While Tightrope offers its own Cablecast automation and delivery platform, PEGMedia.org is available to all community broadcasters, regardless of the hardware and software solutions they use.
The most visible difference in the new PEGMedia.org site would be its completely redesigned user interface. Replacing the text-heavy design of the original offering, the new interface offers an intuitive, graphical, tile-driven dashboard while eliminating tedious manual steps. Stations can easily view collections of the most recent uploads; the most popular programs; and shows or episodes specifically relevant to their condition. Users can then explore to discover and download other episodes of the same shows.
The new PEGMedia.org is also said to make it faster and easier for stations and content producers to contribute their content. The site’s new cloud-based ingest pipeline combines with automated background processing to maximize efficiency and enable seamless scalability as the site grows. PEGMedia.org’s discussion forums have also been enhanced to better facilitate collaboration between site users and the sharing of ideas about PEG content.
“Community media organizations need reliable, ongoing sources of content to keep their channels fresh and engaging for their audiences,” commented Cablecast Community Media President Steve Israelsky. “There is a wide range of high-quality content that has relevance and interest beyond the local area in which it was created, and PEGMedia.org provides the opportunity to distribute it to other regions. We want to make content exchange as easy and inexpensive as possible, not just for our Cablecast customers, but for the entire PEG community as a whole. We are excited to improve this service with these important updates.