Feb 7, 2009

YouTube sets viewing record

PubTV stations are among the thousands of groups, businesses and industries using YouTube as a way to connect with the public. And it's no wonder: YouTube just set a viewing record. In December alone, more than 4 billion video clips were viewed. Among the pubcasters with channels on YouTube are Iowa Public Television , WLIW in New York, APTI (Anchorage pubradio and TV stations) and WILL in Central Illinois.

Oregon stations backtrack on transition date decision

Last week TV stations in Portland, Ore., including Oregon pubcasting stations, decided to transition to DTV on the original date of Feb. 17. Now they've decided to continue analog signals until June 12. "I kind of feel like Lucy and Charlie Brown and the football," said Steve Bass, chief executive of Oregon Public Broadcasting. Broadcasting in both digital and analog is more expensive, Bass said, but OPB didn't want to be the only metro-area station to make the conversion this month.