WATCH LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON SENIOR/COMMUNITY CENTER ON SCTV

February 5, 2016

Decisions are being made about the plans for building a Simsbury Senior/Community Center behind the Simsbury Meadows Bandshell at the Performing Arts Center. If you have opinions, now is the time to stay informed and speak up. For instance, how do you feel about whether the Senior Center should be a two-story building? That is what the plan calls for currently – it appears that a one-floor building would involve too much walking for seniors. How it will interface with PAC events and impact the environment? There’s lots of information available about developing plans for the center. Much of it is on SCTV. Learn more about the plans by watching the Jan. 25th Board of Selectmen meeting at; http://simsburytv.org/v/e3oiFj0Nj84
You can also watch the architects’ proposal for the center made this week to the Public Building Committee at: http://simsburytv.org/v/JUoE9gfawW8
Finally, you can read the consultants proposal on line at the town website http://www.simsbury-ct.gov. The report can be accessed under News.

Learn More about Security Camera Proposal on SCTV

December 16, 2015

Have you heard about the proposal to put security cameras on Iron Horse Boulevard? The local news was full of the story on Tuesday. What did you think? Want to know more? You don’t have to rely on news coverage, you can see and hear for yourself because SCTV was there recording the meeting. You can watch Don Massey make the proposal to the Board of Selectman at their meeting on Monday Dec. 14th right now on demand: http://simsburytv.org/v/FhjZgZ3KmrU

The meeting will be re-airing on SCTV’s Comcast Channel 96 and Frontier Channel 99. Check the schedule at simsburytv.org

Why you should support SCTV

December 14, 2015

Simsbury is a great place to live. It’s beautiful, has a great school system, AND a well-run and open government. Not only are agendas and minutes available on the town website, critical board and commission meetings are broadcast on our very own Simsbury Community TV station allowing you to watch what your elected boards and commissions are doing.

But this easy TV access to Simsbury’s open government is in danger of disappearing because SCTV which brings you government meetings is facing a crisis caused by changes in broadcast and media technology.

This is happening in several ways. First because of changing technology we are losing TV viewers which reduces our funding. At the same time, new technology has been growing at an unprecedented pace and has raised the public’s expectations about how and where to watch their government. Finally, the cost of changing technology is growing rapidly just when state government budget problems have cut funding which once assisted Cable Access TV to keep up with the changes.

How are we are losing TV viewers and how does that impact our budget? With the coming of high definition TV, Comcast moved most of its programming to the upper digits of its lineup leaving very few viewers watching on the lower tier where our Channel 5, 95 and 96 are located. And AT&T, now Frontier, was allowed to segregate public access on difficult-to-access Channel 99. Many potential new viewers do not even know these channels exist.

Secondly, we are losing viewers and funding because rising cable costs have led many to stop subscribing to cable. They are probably unaware that when they cut the cable cord, they also cut funding for SCTV which gets a tiny fraction of each subscriber’s cable bill. Subscriber fees have traditionally provided more than half of SCTV’s budget.

Another reason TV viewership is declining is that Simsbury residents have gotten used to watching HD television which SCTV cannot provide. Other busy residents would prefer easier access to meetings via our website. Furthermore, they want LIVE coverage from more sites than current SCTV technology can regularly accomplish.

The SCTV Board and staff have been trying to keep up with technology as frugally as possible, but paying for new technology increased our budget by 20% over last year at the same time income is dropping.

Now we need your help. Simsbury Community TV is in the middle of a fundraising campaign to ask residents to contribute to our operating budget. We hope that all town residents who believe in open government will do their share by making a donation. Of course, we want as many people as possible to watch us on TV. But even if you never watch us, or go to our website, please donate so that we can continue to operate and improve and keep your government open and you informed. Someday when there is a crisis, you will want us to be there.

Send your donations today to Simsbury Community TV, PO Box 767, Simsbury, CT 06070. SCTV is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

PLEASE SUPPORT SCTV

December 10, 2015

DEAR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF SCTV

Broadcast and media technology is rapidly evolving. The pace of change over the last decade is unprecedented. SCTV still relies on older technology that works for now but when it fails, which eventually it will, simple replacement is no longer an option. SCTV has been active this past year exploring newer technologies that will help it continue to reliably fulfill its stated mission of “Keeping Simsbury Informed.”

For our live broadcasts from Town Hall, new hardware was purchased with a grant made possible with the assistance of Richard D. Wagner, Jr. and the Richard D. Wagner and Madeline/Lina?F. Wagner Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. This new equipment has vastly improved the reliability and quality of live broadcasts from Town Hall. However, this addressed only one of many technological hurdles that SCTV is now confronting. In order to remain a viable media service, SCTV will almost certainly have to transition to High Definition TV and adopt new ‘Cloud’ based technologies to store and retrieve content. But this is a costly undertaking that will necessitate a capital campaign, the pursuit of applicable grants and last but not least, donations from supporters of SCTV.

Please remember, SCTV is a free service to Simsbury residents but its daily operations require substantial funding. As residents of Simsbury YOU are our viewers, producers, volunteers, and financial supporters. Your financial support is essential in keeping government meetings, exercise programs, talk shows, school sports, and other local programming on our channels and on our website, simsburytv.org. Your 2015 donations are tax deductible.
Please support us and help us make SCTV better than ever. If you are interested in volunteering at SCTV, or learning more about its important mission, please contact us at 860-658-1720 or visit www.simsburytv.org.

Suggested Giving Levels:
$50 LIGHTS?? $125 ASST. DIRECTOR $75 CAMERA $100 ACTION

$150 DIRECTOR  $200 EXEC. PRODUCER

Please send your tax deductible donation to: SCTV P.O.Box 767 Simsbury, CT 06070 Your donation may also be made on SCTV’s website at www.simsburytv.org
Name:?Address:?E-mail:?Ask if your employer will match your contribution of _____________ Have your employer send their gift to SCTV.

The Staff and Board of Directors of SCTV wish you and yours a joyful and safe new year!

NOV. 30 ZONING COMMISSION MEETING WILL BE LIVE THANKS TO SCTV VOLUNTEERS

November 30, 2015

A decision should be made tonight on the controversial Climax Road proposal and SCTV volunteers will be there so you can watch it LIVE even if you can’t be there in person. The special Zoning Commission meeting is at Simsbury Town Hall at 7pm. You can watch on either TV or your internet devices.

On TV, watch Comcast Channel 96 or Frontier 99. It’s a bit more complicated for internet users.

Starting at 7pm:

For Apple products (macs, ipad, iphone) and the Microsoft Windows 10 Edge browser click on: http://live.conncic.org/SCTV/townhall/playlist.m3u8

For PC’s running Windows 7 or 8.1 and using the chrome browser, first click on: http://www.wowza.com/testplayers

Then click on the DASH tab.

Finally copy the following: http://live.conncic.org/SCTV/townhall/manifest.mpd and paste it over the prefilled URL beginning with http://127.0.0.1 to completely replace the address.

Then click on Start.

HOW TO WATCH ZONING CMSN TONIGHT ON INTERNET

November 16, 2015

SCTV WILL BE LIVE WITH   the Zoning Commission meeting at the Simsbury Public Library. We will be LIVE on TV ON Comcast Channel 96 and Frontier 99. We will ALSO  be LIVE on the internet, but it’s a bit more complicated.

For Apple products (macs, ipad, iphone) and the Microsoft Windows 10 Edge browser, at 7PM click on:
http://live.conncic.org/SCTV/townhall/playlist.m3u8

For PC’s running Windows 7 or 8.1 and using the chrome browser, at 7PM first click on:
http://www.wowza.com/testplayers

Then click on the DASH tab. Finally copy the following

http://live.conncic.org/SCTV/townhall/manifest.mpd

and paste it over the prefilled URL beginning with http://127.0.0.1 to completely replace the address. Then click on Start.

SCTV and ENO are Closed Nov.11 for Veterans Day

November 11, 2015

Unofficial Election Results for First and Board of Selectmen

November 3, 2015

First Selectman

Lisa Heavner (D) ***3426
Phil Purciello (R)       1989
Bob Kalechman (PC)    28
Joan Coe (PC)               100

Selectmen
Garrett Delehanty(D) 2514
Chris Kelly (D)       ***2909
Elaine Lang (D)     *** 2613

Cheryl Cook (R)    ***  2575
Mike Paine (R)     ***   2728
Sean Askham (R)  ***  2756

For the preliminary results for all the other boards and commissions, go to the Simsbury Town Clerk’s home page

http://www.simsbury-ct.gov/town-clerk/news/preliminary-election-results-1132015

Check Here for Unofficial Voting Results Tonight

SCTV OCT. 23 FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM

October 22, 2015

1) “All About Free Speech”. An SCTV produced musical video about the power of imaginative and unfettered communications. Run time: 03:46
2) “The Vault” by Wooda H. McNiven. This ultra-short movie pays homage to the thrilling sport of pole vaulting. Run time: 01:08
3) “Fracas” by Nadia Gilbert. Filmed in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic, this movie is a light drama that tells the story of a down-on-his-luck street cellist who meets his match when a bucket drummer crosses his path. Run time: 03:51
4) “Daddy Never Dies” by Jacob Bittens. A young boy conquers his fears using the gift of a camcorder from his father. Run time: 05:09
5) “The Voyage” by Nadia Gilbert. This documentary is a personal retelling of the first chapter of Ikram Bushnaq’s memoir, when, in the late 1940’s, she and her family were forced to flee the City of Haifa (then a part of Palestine, now a city in Israel). This movie was the winner of the Audience Choice Award at the NYU Sight & Sound Documentary Showcase. Run time: 05:36
6) “Howard’s Keep” by Wooda H. McNiven. A dark ‘Lovecraftian’ fantasy perfect for the Halloween season; it tells the story of Howard, an aging sentinel who struggles to remain vigilant while safeguarding mankind from extra-dimensional horrors that lurk in his backyard. Run time: 10:45
7) “Ink” by Timothy Griggs. A dark drama that tells the story about Casey, who keeps waking up bruised in back-alleys, and of Simon, an agoraphobic who has started to sleepwalk far from home. As each tries to understand the strange changes and the new dreams that are infiltrating their previously sheltered worlds, they trace their way back to where it all started-and to each other. Run time: 14:54. (Mature content matter, coarse language).
8) “Go to Hell” by Jacob Bittens. David winds up in Hell for committing the cardinal sin of being boring. Now he has 24 hours to convince The Devil that he’s the most interesting man in the underworld. Only then will he get a second shot at Heaven. This dark comedy was shot in Simsbury and New York City. Run time: 20:17. (Coarse language).

Following the movies the film makers will be happy to stick around for a question and answer session if any audience members are interested in doing this.

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