NEW Built-In Upload Capability Replaces FTP Upload- PLEASE READ

FTP UPLOAD IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. There is a new built-in browser based upload function of the PegMedia web site. This new method has replaced the ftp method of uploading file. Use your browser on your show page instead!

Producers will see it at the bottom of their show page(s). YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN AS THE PRODUCER OF THE SHOW IN ORDER TO SEE THE UPLOAD BOX.

For downloading stations, there is absolutely no change.

Being browser-based, there are multiple software environments this new feature has to run under. We have tested it as much as possible and hope the deployment goes smoothly. Since this does use advanced browser features, if you have problems, make sure your browser is updated to the most recent level. If you have any questions, problems, suggestions, or comments, please email us at pegmedia.org - at- gmail.com.

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Welcome to PEGMedia.org

PegMedia.org is a media transfer site for PEG (Public, Education, Government) community television stations and producers of media for these stations. This site is an easy way for producers to make their programming known and available to many stations simultaneously and, at the same time, to give stations a wide variety of programming from which to choose.

The media on PegMedia is ONLY for the use of non-profit PEG Community Television Stations and no other purpose unless explicit written permission is obtained by the downloader from the producer of that media. Further or continuing use of the media is always at the discretion of the producer of each piece of media. The download fees on PegMedia only cover the costs of the bandwidth on the PegMedia site and give the downloaders no rights or ownership in the media.

Additionally, at the producer's option media use might have an expiration date or might be made non-available at some future date.

The stations who use PegMedia for content cover tens of millions of cabled homes and represent more than 60% of the total cable viewership in the US, giving producers a very large potential audience.

We welcome producers who are PEG stations, independent producers, musicians, and documentary and film makers, in a wide variety of genre.

"Voices of the Holocaust" Now on PegMedia

Growth Media Productions announces the release of the documentary "Voices of the Holocaust," to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland. The film features interviews with nine Holocaust survivors recounting their stories of heartbreak and hope through the dark days of World War II.

"To the current generation, World War II is ancient history," says executive producer Darla Gaige. "It is something that they read about in their history books, but isn't real to them. Seeing these individuals, hearing their stories, changes that. It takes it out of the realm of abstract and makes it real and personal to them."

"This was one of the hardest films I have ever done, but also one of the most fulfilling," says co-executive producer, Clint Gaige. "I look at my kids, and can't imagine what it must have been like to have your childhood marked by one of the most tragic events in human history. And while their stories are heartbreaking, I have never seen a more inspiring group of individuals."

Voices of the Holocaust is available for free download to public and educational television stations through PegMedia.org at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/1026/detail.

WOULD LIKE YOUR COMMENTS - Using DSLR Cameras for HD Studio Video

One of the PEG stations is interested in the possibility of using a DSLR camera with HDMI output as a HD studio camera. We thought this might be an interesting discussion topic on PegMedia and were looking for input. Comments have been enabled on this page for whatever thoughts you might have.

The camera probably be something like the image to the right of this text. It would need to output HDMI at 1080P 30fps and have the ability to be remotely controlled via Wi-Fi, infrared, or cable with functions of zoom and focus. Would need fast autofocus, ideally with face color sensing to keep faces in focus. Would need to have live HDMI output with no maximum time for shot. Interchangeable lenses would be good and probably under $1000, perhaps something like a Canon or Nikon but not necessary. Would be using a pan/tilt camera base for controlling positioning so several cameras could be used without an operator on each. Would probably be mixed with an editing program such as Wirecast.

It seems the technology to do this is within reach and probably affordable, but each camera has its great features and its limitations.

Any thoughts on this from producers and stations? Comments can be added below.

FOR STATIONS ONLY. Does your cable provider CURRENTLY allow you to broadcast in HD? Feel free to add comments below.

NO - Comcast
41% (53 votes)
NO - Time Warner
20% (26 votes)
NO - Cox
4% (5 votes)
NO - Charter
13% (17 votes)
NO - AT&T
2% (2 votes)
NO - Other providers
10% (13 votes)
YES - Comcast
4% (5 votes)
YES - Time Warner
0% (0 votes)
YES - Cox
2% (2 votes)
YES - Charter
1% (1 vote)
YES - AT&T
0% (0 votes)
YES - Other Providers
3% (4 votes)
Total votes: 128

11 Bravo Vietnam

11 Bravo Vietnam is public access at its finest.

This show was created by Vince Gabriel. Vince was in Vietnam in the 1960’s. He’s also a musician. This is his story and music in an excellent and extremely powerful production.

But it’s not just Vince's story and it’s not just about Vietnam. It’s the story of soldiers fighting overseas under extreme conditions. Not only is this relevant to armed forces personnel who are or have been in battle, but it’s also telling a different story from what you normally get in the media.

This is a one-time documentary, but it’s an excellent show to have on file to run now or also to run around Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or other related dates. The show is approximately 55 minutes long and is at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/29/detail.

Search Capability on PegMedia

Search for PegMedia now appears at the top of the home page.

This uses Google search and is very fast. It indexes the content part of the PegMedia site.

This should be a valuable capability for creating program blocks, such as for upcoming spring searching on "Gardens" or "boating" or for Memorial Day searching for "Veterans", etc. Or just play around with a few searchs of favorite words....you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.

After performing a search, if you wish to close up the results box, click on the X to the right of the Search button. All normal Google search constructs (such as "", +, -, etc) should work.

Attention Show Producers: The search will use the Show and Episode descriptions (which you provide). To make your show more interesting and findable, be sure to include pertinent words and phrases in the text for the descriptions so the search will be more likely to strike gold. If you have blank episode descriptions, you're losing out on a great promotion opportunity

It's Gardening Time!

It's that time of year when many people are thinking about gardening. Gardeners and those who dream of being gardeners love gardening programs.

On PegMedia, we have several gardening programs which might be great for broadcasting this time of year. They include:

New Addition: Garden Thyme http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/149/detail

Coastal Gardens http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/34/detail

Gardenwise http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/40/detail

Gardening Rhythms http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/228/detail

Emilys Garden http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/654/detail

Take a look and maybe give some a try!

What Internet TV Device Do You Use Personally (Select Primary One)? If "other", list in Comment if you'd like to.

Roku
32% (60 votes)
ChromeCast
11% (20 votes)
AppleTV
13% (24 votes)
Other
15% (28 votes)
Do not use an internet TV device
30% (56 votes)
Total votes: 188

FOR STATIONS AND PRODUCERS - Which Formats Do You Use?

Film in SD, Render in SD Only
23% (37 votes)
Film in HD, Render in SD Only
23% (36 votes)
Film in HD, Render in SD and HD
41% (65 votes)
Film in HD, Render in HD Only
13% (20 votes)
Total votes: 158

FOR STATIONS - Which Video Server Do You Use?

Leightronix
40% (59 votes)
Maestrovision
1% (1 vote)
Rushworks
1% (2 votes)
Synergy Broadcast
2% (3 votes)
TelVue
19% (28 votes)
Tightrope
22% (33 votes)
Other
15% (22 votes)
Total votes: 148

From Cirque du Soleil to Community TV! "The Will Roberts Weekly Telegram" now on PegMedia.


Political & Social Humorist Will Roberts has enjoyed many successes in his career. From being a television host for Fox and CBS, to gaining praise for his theatrical, film and television appearances, Roberts has always strived for one thing...perfection.

But at heart...Will Roberts is a cowboy. It's his passion. He performs the preeminent tribute to Will Rogers' America's Cowboy. Just like Rogers, Roberts is an expert with a rope and is a former featured act with Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis production. With one of the quickest wits when it comes to political humor and current events, he brings Will Rogers to life, for many, for the first time.

For others, it is like seeing an old friend who was ""away"" for a while. Will Roberts' show, ""The Good Will Tour,"" is very much like the shows Will Rogers performed during the vaudeville days (Ziegfeld Follies), minus the 50 showgirls. He trick ropes and spins the daily events as he converses with the audience.

Now, "The Will Roberts’ Weekly Telegram" show is a weekly segment that strives to share disparate and often refreshingly unusual viewpoints with its audience, with Will’s Will Rogers style.

Will is neither on the right side, or the left side. Will is on his audience’s side offering a humorous view of the events that shape the daily conversation of people everywhere.

The Will Roberts' Weekly Telegram is now available at no cost on PegMedia http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/971/detail with a new show on a different topic every week. And at about 2 minutes long, they are an excellent filler piece in your schedule.

Community Television - Capturing History As It Happens!

The following story was submitted by Ned Lightner. It points out that a large part of the value of community television is not just its current broadcast signal, but the history it's recording. We tend to think of history as that which happened 100 years ago, but it could be that which happened yesterday...images and sounds that will never again be created and which, without community televison, might be lost forever.

And not only are we recording events, we're recording our way of life, which is very quickly disappearing, we are recording parts of our lives which will never happen again, and we are recording our older generations which we are losing. And community television is doing it in a way that network television no longer does and which new media such as YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Facebook, and site du jour are incapable of.

By Ned Lightner of Channel 2, Community Television for Belfast, Maine

For the past year, Belfast Community Television in Belfast Maine has served as the host site for the Maine Community Television archive project. This project which was funded by the Maine Humanities Council as well as the Maine State Archives, has been seeking submissions from community stations in Maine that have historically significance.

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Ned Lightner interviewing Capt. Robin Walbridge of the HMS Bounty shortly before Walbridge was lost at sea on October 29, 2012 during "superstorm" Sandy.

These videos were cataloged and uploaded to archive.org, a portal to a wide variety of sound and moving images. There is a sub-collection on archive.org called “Maine Community TV Archives”. This collection of videos is available for all to view and download. Perhaps it is a public access program director looking for interesting content, or it could be a historian working on a particular project.

At the same time that we were working on the archive project, our station was working with our local historical society producing a series of programs on various aspects of Belfast history. Some of the programs involved interviewing older citizens of our town on their memories of times past, including working in the now defunct poultry and sardine factories. A couple of the programs involved adding narration to a collection of home movies recorded between 1930 and 1975. They included everything from a local bicycle race, to shots of a train wreck, to people walking along Main Street.

As we were working on the project, I was amazed at how fascinated I was by looking at such non-historic events such as people cheering bike riders along Main Street. The way folks dressed, the way the downtown had changed, were all fascinating to me. Seeing people working their regular jobs, that no longer exist, was really interesting.

I realized there were many aspects of life today that I am capturing with my video camera, that may indeed be of interest to people 40 years from now. With that in mind I have been visiting local factories and getting tours of their operations. I have interviewed fisherman on the local fishing industry, and made an effort to just capture life in Belfast as it is today. Some of these programs are being donated to our historical society, while others have been uploaded to the Maine Community TV archives”.

I have found an added purpose for the programs I produce about our community. It’s funny how something that at the time seems relatively insignificant at the time can take on historical significance in relatively short time. An example was when I interviewed a sea captain on his boat about how he dealt with stormy seas. This captain was Robin Walbridge on the HMS Bounty. When Captain Walbridge, along with one of his crew members, perished in a storm as the Bounty sunk off the coast of North Caroline just three months after our interview, his words were given greater significance.

You never know when you have some historically significant footage. I have no idea whether archive.org or video data files will be around 50 years from now, but I am hoping they will, because I think we community television producers have an important role in capturing history as it happens!

Smart Boating - Just the Thing for Spring!

Looking for a great show to add to your spring programming lineup?

"Smart Boating", the informative weekly TV show, developed to help boaters make more informed, “smarter” decisions about boating topics, first aired in August 2006. Since then, a broad variety of areas have been covered including: boat purchases-new and used; components-propellers, electrical systems and upholstery; boat types- USCG, electric, PT and wooden; boat maintenance-commissioning and winterizing; and safety-weather, life rafts and man overboard procedures, among others. The show episodes are available for download from PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/45/detail.

“The show started from humble beginnings,” according to Jermain, “The idea came from a lunchtime conversation with a marine surveyor friend who stated that he thought I could produce a better show than a well-known syndicated boating show that was airing at the time. I was unfamiliar with how to produce a TV show, but felt that my instructional background developed through my Entrepreneurial Training Program work would enable me to produce a quality program. So, I stopped into the local public access cable TV studio the next day and asked for training. Three weeks later, the first show “How to Protect Your Boat in Event of a Hurricane” was produced.”

Your viewers don't have to go Out & About. Let us do it for you!

Some time has gone by since the inception of our series, "Out & About with Roger Martin", like since 1991.

And to date, we have over 280 episodes "in the can" and are still producing daily.

Out & About enables us to live an interesting lifestyle while getting out to the public some universal interests. There are two and a half of us doing this. Mostly two. That means that Jim has to shoot and edit, while Roger sits around and watches television and when it comes time, interviews persons of interest and subjects that he would normally watch on television.

As of this date, we air all over the country of New Zealand and the USA through PegMedia, and on satellite television throughout the United Kingdom on channel 203. It's fun; we're dedicated. We don't make a dime but have all the control we need.

"Out & About with Roger Martin" is on PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/522/detail.

New Thumbnail Feature on PegMedia

Thumbnails have been added to episodes of shows uploaded to PegMedia. This allows stations to get a quick feel for the nature of a particular show, whether it's a show on a set or one in the field, if there is a variety of shots or single camera, the number of particpants in a show, nature of graphics used and so forth.

The thumbnails appear in each episode detail page. They also appear on the two lists Recent Uploads http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/recentup and Recent Downloads http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/recentdl. Links to these pages are also available under "What's Happening" in the left hand column of PegMedia pages.

The Recent Uploads and Recent Downloads are particularly useful for stations looking for new shows or new episodes of shows they have run in the past. The format of the listing has been completely changed and now includes thumbnails of the shows.

Additionally the Recent Uploads and Downloads provide a good glimpse into what PEG broadcasting content is about. We can see the types of shows that look interesting to us as stations or producers and would potentially be interesting to viewers as well. We can also see the shows that seem to need some spark, even though their material might be interesting. Perhaps this might be a tool for us as producers and broadcasters to help refine our art?

If you have any comments, suggestions, or bug reports, please private message Admin.

The Story Behind "The Steve Katsos Show"

By Steve Katsos

Follow your dreams…

I hosted my first cable access television show in 1991 as a student of Arlington High School. I never dreamed that I would host an international TV program, but that is what The Steve Katsos Show has become.

The weekly talk show developed to assist creative people as part of my college thesis now airs in 12 countries and 15 million homes every week all with a budget of $0. To honor what our volunteer group has done, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick paid us a visit on our 150th episode.

The reason this happened is because of hard work, great volunteers, and a desire to do something good for others. In March of 2009, we began to create weekly shows at Arlington Community Media Incorporated(ACMi) and we sent DVDs to towns nearby that might be interested in local artists. I was directed to look at PegMedia.org and was amazed on how you could share the files with PEG stations all over the country. Soon we began to send our show out on-line as a way to help creative people get their art out to the world. We were quickly added to stations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. I was surprised to see that channels in California, Arizona, Minnesota, and Washington also added the show. Eventually, a channel from Europe saw the show and started a partnership with us. Our volunteers are excited to work on a show that airs worldwide and continues to grow.

The link to our PegMedia show page is http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/275/detail

ACMi has been very supportive of our creation of a late night show. They have made us feel welcome and made sure that we have been able to produce our program. PegMedia.org has been a great resource for us as well. My thanks to all those that got this up and running. I hope that others can use it as a catalyst to create great programming for people to watch all over the world.

Distribution of PegMedia Content

The video on PegMedia is uploaded by the producers of the content for broadcast by public access stations in the United States and other countries.

"Broadcast" means either an on the air signal, a signal distributed by cable, or a signal distributed by live streaming. It does not mean video on demand or archiving of content for on demand viewing.

"Public access stations" are non-profit organizations which allow broadcasting by members of the public.

Copyrights

Copyright laws are continually changing and becoming more agressive. Unless otherwise indicated, copyrights on videos and the content within belong to the producers as represented by them when they request a show folder from PegMedia. However, the ultimate responsiblity for conforming with current copyright laws lies with the stations downloading and broadcasting the material.

Exceptions

Any uses other than broadcasting on public access stations must be specifically granted to the station/downloader by the publisher.

Such exceptions would include, but are not limited to:

  • Video on Demand or archived files.
  • Use on channels other than public access.
  • Use by for-profit organizations.
  • Modified contents.
  • YouTube and similar sites - unless you are the producer and the copyright holder, content cannot be posted to YouTube or similar sites.

If you have a question about a potential exception, contact the show's producer.

Exceptions must be explicity approved in writing by the producer. You can contact the producer for a show by clicking on their link in the show description page and then sending them a "Private Message".

Laws and rules are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the downloader to conform to current laws and rules.

EFF Wins New Legal Protections for Video Remixing

Copyright Office Announces Exemptions to Mitigate DMCA Harms

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won renewal of critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in a ruling published today, including the upholding of jailbreaking rights for smartphones as well as new and expanded legal protections for video remixing.

"The DMCA creates a cloud of legal uncertainty over American consumers – whether they are tinkerers, artists, or just looking to make their gadgets work better," said EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry. "The ruling from the Copyright Office today goes a long way towards mitigating some of the DMCA's most grievous harms."

The Garage with Steve Butler

It takes a courageous and strong person to try and make a living as an artist or craftsperson, especially in these tough economic times. You not only subject your personal work to scrutiny and critique, because there's a lot of people out there who love to give their opinion about what it is you do, yet who could never stand there and take their lumps.

You also subject yourself to the judgement of people who feel your not working an honest job, etc,etc. These people have a lot to say, but could never and will never do what you do. They just don't have the nerve, so they criticize or throw out their opinions easily, without ever trying or always making or having an excuse.

Steve Butler, star of The Garage with Steve Butler, is not one of those people. “I'm very proud of what I have achieved and will achieve,” he says. “My passion is making objects; it's what centers and drives me.”

Steve is an artist and furniture maker with more than 20 years experience in the field. In his garage workshop, he'll share with you the way to make fun, funky projects without having all the fancy expensive shop tools of the other shows. Anything from fine furniture to cool, artsy objects are what he's making. The Garage is a how-to show unlike any other.

“My work as a whole is influenced by the modern movement in furniture design,” he continues. “I love the clean lines and use of materials from that era. Lately I find myself giving new life to old materials, a resurrection of sorts; giving new life to an old object or transforming the object into something else, creating a duality in use and purpose.”

As a maker and a an educator, you are always looking for sources of inspiration and teaching aids. Steve teaches at different craft schools across the country and is always on the lookout for materials and information in places that might not seem very obvious. “I'll drop into the Salvation Army and other thrift stores at least three times a week to see if I can find some used woodworking books or an object I can use in a project. You can use the old books with the great illustrations as teaching aids. They make great hand-outs for students. They can also be very inspirational and spawn some great ideas.”

Which ultimately is what Steve hopes The Garage will do for others. “If someone goes home and makes one of my pieces, that's flattery. It's awesome. Seriously, it's the best compliment” So go ahead, check out The Garage at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/611/detail, and throw some some compliments his way.

Excellent FREE Video

Change For A Dollar by Sharon Wright

An inspiring short (10 minute) film encouraging each person to nurture the people they meet each day.

Follow a man that asks for change as he affects multiple peoples' lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn't take much to be the change in someone's life.



Is he asking for Change, or is he asking for CHANGE?

WATCH THE VIDEO and/or download free from PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/ep/10589/detail&destination=msv...

Written and directed by Sharon Wright
 www.imdb.me/sharonwright
 and www.shesalwayswright.com



Winner - Best Short Film - Maryville Film Festival


Winner - Audience Choice Award - Gateway Film Festival


Winner - Audience Choice Award - Moonlight Film Festival


Nominated - Best Female Filmmaker Award - Action On Film Intl Film Festival


Nominated - Sirrocco Award - Action On Film Intl Film Festival


Nominated - Best Silent Film - BareBones Intl Film Festival

New Private Messaging for PegMedia

We have added a new "private messaging" capability for PegMedia. This should be useful for communication between stations and producers.

The advantage of private messaging is that it does not expose email addresses to email harvesting bots. It also keeps your PegMedia messages in one spot.

Default is that when a message is sent to you, you will also get an email message to your regular email account letting you know there is a message waiting. You can go to your account, click on Edit tab and change the settings for private messages at the bottom.

You can also check your messages by clicking on the "Messages" selection in the menu to the left <<<--- on every page. This link will allow you to send a message to any user as well. Or if you click on a link for a user (username in RED) on any page you should open the page with their information. At the bottom of their information is a link that says "Send this user a message".

If you receive a message from another user and no longer wish to receive any from that offer, when you go to your messages, you can select the Block Author option.

This capability is experimental. Hopefully it adds value to PegMedia and everyone uses it wisely so it retains its value.

If you have any questions or problems, you can send a "private message" to Admin!

Thanks for using PegMedia.

Bob Nichols

New Video Campaign Highlights Election Irregularities and Voter Suppression

Today, EMMY-winning documentary film producer Dorothy Fadiman announces the launch of ELECTIONS at RISK, a constellation of 14 short video clips from STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote (2008) winner of The Choice Award from Broadcast Film Critics Association.

This project documents threats to our voting rights by tracing significant irregularities in recent elections. First person stories attest to massive disenfranchisement of low income and minority voters. A social media campaign, along with broadcasts of these documentary clips, will raise awareness about the escalating challenges to holding free and fair elections.

U. S. Access Television Providers and LPFM Stations

This site "Community Media Database", http://communitymediadatabase.org, created by Rob McCausland shows the amazing distribution of access tv, broadcast tv, and low power FM stations.

When you go to the site, you can pan to a particular state or click on its abbreviation in the list below the map and you can zoom in using the zoom bar. Using the drop down menus at the top, you can drill down into the Spreadsheet Directory showing the various google docs with even more detailed info if you register.

Rob has the full support of the Alliance for Community Media. If you don’t see your station listed or you want to correct something, you can contact Rob at: info@communitymediadatabase.org.

Also, anyone doing congressional candidate interviews or debates in this political season, please see congressional coverage button in the maps' top right, and email Rob (info@communitymediadatabase.org) your coverage data for inclusion.

Thanks to Rob McCausland for this great visualization which should be very useful to producers as well as stations!

West Virginia – Hillbillies, Coal Miners, Treehuggers & God

Link TV and the Annenberg "explore" series present “West Virginia – Hillbillies, Coal Miners, Treehuggers & God,” the two-year anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that killed 29 coal miners in Raleigh County, WV. The half hour documentary features in-depth interviews with local residents and extensive footage from deep in the belly of the West Virginia mines

In April of 2010, just weeks after the tragedy, Charlie Annenberg and a film crew from explore.org, a philanthropic media organization he founded to champion the selfless acts of others, put what they were doing on hold and traveled to West Virginia to understand the issues facing the mining industry and the region. By including interviews with dozens of local area residents – from coal miners to local environmental activists to other community members – Charlie was able to capture a diverse perspective on coal mining, mountaintop removal and the recent tragedy.

Deeply moved by his experiences there, Charlie arranged for the Annenberg Foundation (of which he is vice president and trustee) to donate $2.5 million to help fund the relocation of Marsh Fork Elementary School in Sundial, West Virginia. The school was seen by local community groups as a potential health hazard for grade school students due to its location below a dam holding back billions of gallons of coal slurry. The new school is now under construction and will open in early 2013.

This show is available for FREE download on PegMedia at http://www.pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/ep/11864/detail&destination=msv...

Reproductive Rights at Risk: Films for Women’s History Month and Election Year 2012

2012 is an important election year. Issues surrounding women’s reproductive rights have become pivotal by candidates for various offices. Often voters become polarized, in part because they have little or no accurate information. Across the country, state by state, legislatures are passing laws that make it increasingly difficult for women to obtain reproductive health care, breast exams, affordable birth control and safe legal abortions. Most voters actually do want to make informed choices about candidates and the policies they represent.

The three-film series CHOICE: Then and Now, directed and produced by OSCAR‐nominated, EMMY‐winning filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman follows the dramatic history of women’s reproductive rights in the USA (to read a more detailed description of each of the films, please scroll down).
These films will be featured on Public Access stations during Women’s History Month in March and throughout this election year 2012.

We invite you to join the list of stations that will air one or more of the films in this documentary series.
To download the films for FREE online, please go to http://pegmedia.org/index.php?q=msvr/showall/80/detail.

If you would like to find more resources on the topic or more background information about the films, please visit our website http://www.thepowerofchoice.net/, and become one of our facebook fans http://www.facebook.com/PowerofChoiceFilm.

PEG TV Today, News For PEG Stations and Producers

By Gregory Bator, Graceful Aging and PEG TV Today

Several months ago I gathered those PEG stations following @GracefulAging on Twitter together with several other media sources and created the online publication PEG TV Today.

The paper is an aggregation of material referenced by Twitter users I've added to the newspaper's feed. I'd love to add to the depth of the newsletter by including more stations, producers, and media sources. I’d readily encourage others to build this newsletter by jumping on Twitter and start posting what are newsworthy items. I'll add them to the PEG TV Today feed.

Take a look at the latest issue at http://paper.li/GracefulAging/peg-media?utm_source=subscription&utm_medi....

As you can see from the current issue of PEG TV Today, there are great ideas shared by stations together with updates of what is happening on community access television around the country.

Send me a direct message on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/GracefulAging or an email note if you have any questions or call me if you prefer.

Gregory Bator
@GracefulAging on Twitter,
gbator - a t - gracefulaging.com,
or 248-721-1212

Important new changes for Deutsche Welle programming on PegMedia

This month, Deutsche Welle launched a new 24-hour program service in the U.S. In addition to giving local cable access channels with satellite access the ability to broadcast many hours of DW programming throughout the day in uninterrupted blocks, the new program channel also introduced new programs for both English and Spanish-language services. Non-commercial cable and television channels may use up to 20-hours a day from DW's C-band program feeds. For PegMedia channels there will be new programs and changes to some existing programs. We've highlighted the changes below.

Verizon's Deal With Big Cable Spells the Demise of the Telecom Act

By Alliance for Community Media

Opening up communications markets was the purpose of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The Act was designed to help phone companies get into the pay-TV business, and cable companies get into the phone business. Yet after a series of regulatory blunders, this promise of increased competition and lower prices has become a distant memory, like 7-Up Gold. And the situation is only getting worse.

Just last month Verizon announced it had signed a $3.6 billion deal with its erstwhile competitors Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. In many ways, this announcement placed a capstone on the grave of the 1996 Telecom Act's biggest promise to America: genuine competition in communications service offerings.
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