FamilyNet To Launch Broadband Channel

Atlanta-based independent cable network FamilyNet Television will offer select content via the Web as part of its full-time broadband channel powered by online service TVU Networks.

While the online service will not feature a simulcast of the net's 17 million-subscriber cable feed, the broadband channel will feature real-time accessibility to such FamilyNet shows as EveryDay with Marcus & Lisa; Mornings, Judie Byrd's Kitchen, and Wretched, according to the network.
"We've explored a broadband channel for quite some time," said Van Mylar, senior vice president of national distribution and marketing for FamilyNet Television in a statement. "What attracted us to TVU was the standalone BD1000 broadcast appliance with its unlimited reach and scalability. Unlike streaming through traditional content delivery networks, with TVU's P2P Technology we are assured of a high quality viewing experience for an unlimited number of viewers."

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.