For the past 35 years, the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s Catholic television station, CTSA (Catholic Television of San Antonio), has broadcast locally produced video content, created in the studio as well as from the field. As a very active regional diocese, the church wanted to carry more of its offsite celebrations and events live, but CTSA faced budget and staffing limitations. After a successful experience with renting a TVUPack cellular 4G/LTE portable backpack transmitter for an event last year, CTSA was convinced of the solution’s value and cost-effectiveness and purchased one from TVU Networks®.
“One of the missions of CTSA is to serve the community and reach people that might not be able to get out and see things in person. With our new TVU equipment, it gives us a greater reach. The solution increases our station’s presence with cost efficiency,” Patlan stated.
With TVUPack, CTSA has carried local graduations, masses, holiday celebrations and other events live, including the coverage of 10 high school graduations in a span of a few weeks, which would have been impossible before their TVUPack purchase.
“As a small, local community station with a very limited budget, our potential purchase of the TVUPack was heavily discussed,” said Dagoberto Patlan, Operations Manager, CTSA. “The TVUPack brings a lot to the table in terms of allowing us to expand our live video capabilities and broaden our presence in the community. That was a major selling point to us. The solution’s solid signal strength and dynamic control of different modems also impressed us. The TVUPack has blown us away with what we were able to do with it. It’s proven to be a rock solid product and a great utilization of resources.”
The first time CTSA used the TVUPack, the difference in transmission quality was dramatic. The Catholic television station first used its rented TVUPack in 2015 to produce a live, annual Easter event – the Passion Play. In years past, unreliable signals from a non-TVU solution degraded the video quality, resulting in pixilation and dropout. This year, CTSA plans to use their TVUPack for the Passion Play again, and will also rent an additional TVUPack so that the station can live stream the event from multiple locations.
CTSA also used the TVUPack last year for a four-hour telethon for Hope for the Future, a scholarship program that raises money to send students to an Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic school. The Archdiocese of San Antonio partners with Univision Communications to hold the telethon at the latter’s studio space. CTSA will again use the TVUPack to transmit the signal from the Univision studio back to its own station for this year’s telethon, taking place on April 5th.
“I’ve been in television production for many years, and I never believed that the day would come that sending a signal remotely from one location to another could be achieved so effortlessly,” said Patlan. “The TVUPack has really been a Godsend to CTSA. It’s incredible how much more our station is able to achieve with it.”
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