One of the things that has all but disappeared from much of television is compelling, locally produced content. The main reason is cost. Who can afford the studio overhead, staffing and infrastructure?
It turns out that now just about anyone can, thanks to Positive Flux client the Video Call Center and its creator Tom Wolzien LLC. In a recent first, TV host Diane Dimond hosted a live, broadcast-quality, video call-in program from her dining room.
This is an immensely valuable opportunity for TV broadcasters. Radio has long had tremendous traction with the live call in format and for years hosts have been running top-rated programming from their homes. That’s more than just convenient. It’s cost-effective.
It’s never been possible to do this in television. As we know all too well, every relaxed-looking remote hosted show actually has an army of people, technology and dollars at work to make it happen. That’s why hosted shows are usually anchored to a fixed studio location.
What VCC has done is rewrite the rulebook and make it possible for any sized operation to deliver a high quality, hosted call in show from anywhere, without the overhead. That means locally-produced, locally-relevant programming that appeals to viewers and advertisers in a way that no syndicated re-run can.
A key breakthrough was simplifying a truckload of technology down to the VCC’s Remote Automation Tool (RAT) and a Verizon FIOS household–level IP connection. The technology permits the Host to appear on camera, to control which guests are on air and to guide the Host Automation tool (HAT) to vary the shot sequences, as well as play videos and graphics, all while maintaining eye contact with the cameras through special “never look down” technology.
or check out the show at http://talkcenteramerica.tv/?portfolio=the-remote-show-ep-6.