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Calkins Media wins Innovator Award for 24/7 streaming channel

Last week at the annual Mega-Conference, Calkins Media was awarded the Mega Innovation Award for Bucks County Courier Times’ 24/7 streaming channel. 

The Mega Innovation Award is given to companies who introduced a new product or service that substantially changes their business model, taps into new audiences, diversifies revenue, and creates a culture of innovation.

The Bucks County Courier Times video stream delivers high-quality hyperlocal news, sports, lifestyle, and entertainment programming, with most of the content produced exclusively by Calkins Media staff. The channel is accessed in a variety of ways: on the Courier Times website; via Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV apps; or the "Courier Times TV Everywhere" app available for iOS and Android.

“Innovation isn’t something we say we’re doing, it’s the driving force behind the products and services we build,” said Jake Volcsko, Director of Digital Media and Marketing at Calkins Media. “And sure, this gives us great products, but it also helps to build a more collaborative and creative culture in the organization.”

Congrats to the entire team! 

For more information on Calkins Media’s win and the Mega Conference, check out Editor and Publisher’s feature.


Tasaka introduces Calkins Blue, a new linear product, at Mega-Conference

At last week’s Mega-Conference during a session on revenue ideas for publishers, Tasaka introduced Calkins Blue, a linear product that provides a quick solution for managing linear streams across digital platforms.

The Calkins Blue technology is fully automated, making it easy for anyone to run a 24-hour linear stream with very little manual work.

With Calkins Blue, the revenue opportunities are endless. Alongside streaming pre-produced video content, offerings include commercial insertion, banner ad placement, local facts, trivia, news headlines, and more. The system is flexible, which allows customized configurations and layouts. 

To arrange a demo of the Calkins Blue technology, contact Blake Pollard, Head of Business Development.


Upcoming conferences & events
Our team is staying busy with industry conferences and events across the country. See where Calkins Digital is headed next!

March 6-7: LOAC/Borrell, NYC
April 10-12: AmericaEast, Hershey, PA
April 22-27: NAB Show, Las Vegas
April 30-May 3: mediaXchange, New Orleans
May 9-10: LMA Digital Revenue Summit, Chicago
May 16-17: Streaming Media East, NYC
May 21-23: INMA World Congress, NYC

Want to meet up at one of these events? Shoot us an email.
Updates in the digital video industry
Youtube to launch live TV streaming service
Earlier this week, Facebook announced plans to launch video apps for Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Samsung Smart TVs. With the launch of these apps, YouTube has the potential to capture ad dollars from traditional TV.

Broadcast grows in the cord-cutting era
While cable networks slowly lose subscribers, broadcast is surprisingly seeing growth, about 1.7% compared to last year, according to Pivotal Research Group. As the number of households rise, the penetration of broadcast networks increases because any TV can pick up broadcast channels without a pay TV subscription.
(MediaLife Magazine)
Calkins Digital is an OTT technology and strategy provider for publishers, broadcasters, and brands, offering a streamlined solution for taking video content Over-The-Top. Calkins Digital is a part of Calkins Media, owner and operator of newspapers, TV broadcast stations and digital and video operations in the Southern and Eastern U.S.

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