Setting Up Your Shows to Share With Stations

In order to share your shows with other users, you MUST have a Pegmedia account. Only ONE account is needed, even if you wish to eventually share more than 1 show or series. If you do not yet have an account, please follow the CREATE NEW ACCOUNT link located to the left under the log-in area.

Every show or series needs a SHOW FOLDER to be created before you can start uploading content. The PegMedia admin team sets up those folders. To request the creation of a new SHOW FOLDER, please email "pegmedia.org -a t- gmail.com" with the email title NEW SHOW FOLDER and the following in the text of the email:

  1. Your PegMedia Username,
  2. A statement that you have authority to post and share all content in your episode files with PegMedia stations,
  3. The title of the show,
  4. A one or two paragraph description of the show (not individual episodes) and what it's about,
  5. The number of episodes currently available to be put online,
  6. The frequency of episodes (monthly, weekly, quarterly, etc.),
  7. Whether the show's target audience is national or local,
  8. The state of the US the show is targeted for or produced in.

We will set up your show and SEND YOU A CONFIRMATION EMAIL WHEN IT'S READY TO GO. The email will contain a link to the folder. Follow that link for the SHOW FOLDER. Scroll down to the bottom of the SHOW FOLDER page for instructions on how to download your episodes.

TIPS, SUGGESTIONS AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The PegMedia site is for distribution of quality video content which has regional or national interest between PEG stations.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST HAVE THE APPROPRIATE CLEARANCES AND RELEASES FOR ALL CONTENT IN YOUR SHOW AND YOU MUST HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DISTRIBUTE IT FOR PEG STATION USE.

Types of shows:

PegMedia is set up to distribute shows which currently have an audience of more than one or two PEG stations (ideally five or more stations). Our model is not well-suited to small distributions, (such as a hyper-local show, a church service, a club meeting, or a very niche show). The setup and upload time and our storage expense does not make this an efficient solution. We would suggest a product like DropBox or Google Drive if you need to distribute a show to your local viewers.

The shows which make sense for PegMedia are ones that have a wide interest, that might be applicable to an entire state, region, or the entire country and serve a broad interest. We welcome shows over a wide range of topics.

Program constraints:

We're trying to keep the quality level high so that when stations browse through the program listings, they can be confident they are working with good content.

Additionally, we want the files to be ready to download and be brought onto a video server without any editing or rendering required.

Programs should be non-commercial with no advertising. Sponsorship is acceptable if it meets PBS guidelines, but if sponsorship is embedded, there is a chance that fewer stations might decide to broadcast that particular program.

Ideally, multi-episode shows should be of consistent length (generally 28:00, 28:30, 58:00, or 58:30) so a slot can be reserved in programming line-ups and does not need to be padded each time it is broadcast.

Almost all stations now are using HD format files. The preferred file format is HD files in .mp4 format. You can also upload shows in the older SD format and they must be MPEG files (with a file extension of .mpg or .mpeg), but the resolution won't be as good and the number of stations carrying your shows may be lower.

Naming your episode video files:

The file name for each episode ideally should start with the program name (shorten if necessary) and then the episode name (try to be descriptive and use initial caps), and a four digit episode number with leading zeroes (such as 0034)

  • Jook Joint_BobbieBlueBand_0034.mp4

For mpg (SD) files.please use the .mpg extension and not .mpeg, for consistency. For HD files, please use .mp4.

By putting the above information in the file name, it stays with the file even as it's transferred to the station's server or other location. The episode numbers order the files by production date (usually) so the stations can see the new episodes at the end of the listings.