Olds Community TV (you can find the website here) is our latest project. After spending many years lamenting the loss of local TV, I’ve decided to do something about it.
January 1, 2014 was the official launch of the project but there is still a lot more to do to get it to go live. We’ve seen a lot and been through a lot in the past few years. This very well may be my jackpot or my death knell but here goes. There is a lot to do and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s one step at a time. I have a plan and need to refer to the plan from time to time to avoid getting overwhelmed. There is a draft business plan for Olds Community TV but I prefer to follow the Lean Start-up methodology which is essentially throwing it out there and building it as we go with the pivoting and modifications being the plan.
Everyday brings a challenge or two and we need to just plow through it all and get things done. A simple problem can seem big enough to stop the project in it’s tracks but the big picture is what matters. The issue I’m dealing with now is a PC tech problem. The PC that is hosting the playout software is giving me grief. Sometimes as much as three times a day it will ‘blue screen’ and reboot, throwing us off the air. Reliability is a key and important element and this doesn’t help. The solution? Fix the problem and move on…but the solution is eluding me and the tech support crew at this point in time. A more active solution and part of the bigger tech strategy is a back-up PC. Redundancy was always part of the plan but avoided due to costs. But here goes another unexpected expense to ensure that the channel functions 7/24/365. Not a big surprise for a startup but a pain in the butt never the less.
The other issue I’m faced with is also technical but not a show stopper. The playlist/playout feature in the software we are using is in beta release and dosen’t loop properly. Not a big issue now, there is a work-around, but it could impact work-flow in the future in regards to adding and deleting video into the stream dynamically. The software developer is working on it and we will no doubt see a solution before too long. In the meantime – PlanB is in effect.