The Country Channel Proposition
The Country Channel is a free web based TV Channel, with six separate strands each running it's own schedules. Viewers are able to watch
a pre-selected daily schedule of programmes or select from over 750 hundread videos on demand!
Viewing quality is optimised to the viewer's connection speed, all our programmes are streamed in 5 different rates starting at 256kb upto 1800kb (near DVD quality); A rate is automaticlly selected to 'best fit' your connection speed, however this can also be maually changed.
* The initial strand is called Country Matters. This shows a mix of programming relevant to current issues and items of general interest within the countryside - including news items, farming, environment and transport. It's also used to promote programming on the other strands and keep viewers informed on future events.
* The other five strands are:
Lifestyle - Landscapes, well-being, organics, pets, food & drink, gardens, homes, and the Countryside Code.
Wildlife and Animals - Plants and trees, birds, pond and river life, insects, farm animals, protected species, mammals, and coast life.
Recreation - Festivals, music and theatre, shows and fairs, heritage, markets and car-boot sales, outdoors, tourism, and arts and crafts.
Equestrian - Eventing and Shows, polo, cross-country, endurance, driving, natural horsemanship, pony club, and team chase.
Country Pursuits - General interest, point to point, fly fishing, angling, shooting, hiking, and village sports.
In 1998, VPTV (owned and managed by Paul Aitken) developed and transmitted its first live internet broadcast on 28k modems using Real Video streaming. Andrij Evans who was working on multimedia projects at VPTV was responsibe for the management of the software systems, supported by Pete Marriott, who had worked with Paul on software development projects since 1984. The trial was successful and further live broadcasts were made for VPTV clients (eg. PC World) during the following years. With the advent of the latest Windows Media and Quicktime environments, the team was able to explore the possibilities of an internet based television channel.
In January 2006, Paul Aitken decided to create a television channel for people who identified with the countryside. The idea was developed very quickly and grew in scope with a prototype design and channel being run on the company's own web server during April and May 2006. This prototype is still viewable here running on our own server. Of the original partnership Andrij returned to develop the back-end system in conjuction with Paul. In order to deliver a multi-user platform for the Country Channel a hybrid solution in partnership with narrowstep.tv was chosen. The Channel now has 4 players running on the web (Narrowstep, YouTube and Blinkx).