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Fun Roads Media Keeps an Eye on the Road with Wirecast

Fun Roads Media Keeps an Eye on the Road with Wirecast

Telestream today announced that its Wirecast Studio streaming solution is allowing Fun Roads Media to remotely monitor over-the-air broadcasts by its Television Network affiliates across North America.

The Agoura Hills, CA-based Fun Roads, the first national TV programming network focused on the allure of hitting the open road by car, RV, motorcycle, bike, or boat to visit various tourist destinations, launched in 2019. The quickly growing network has already signed deals with multiple TV stations that now air its programming on their free, 24-hour secondary DTV channels in such cities as Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas.

Fun Roads Media Founder Ashley Gracile attributes the success of his ad-supported media operation on producing engrossing shows that motivate viewers to seek out the advertisers’ products and services. To verify that his TV network is airing reliably, broadcasters are contractually obligated to send him an RTMP video stream that he can remotely monitor from headquarters. “Wirecast is typically used by organizations to originate live streaming productions,” says Gracile. “However, Fun Roads has found it to also be a very capable and cost-effective way to decode multiple RTMP streams for confidence monitoring.”

While the actual program distribution is aptly handled by a broadcast playout services company in Fort Lauderdale, FL, there can still be occasional technical difficulties that occur. For instance, newly signed stations may experience “on-boarding” issues, such as hardware incompatibilities or trouble getting and processing the program feed from Florida. While the playout company works closely with the station to determine the cause and implement a solution, it’s also helpful for Fun Roads’ own engineer to see the problem for himself and weigh in with his own recommendations. This requires the ability to view the live RTMP (open source Real-Time Messaging Protocol) streams from the station on monitors in the master control at Fun Roads Media’s studio. This is particularly beneficial if Fun Roads’ employees are located remotely while on assignment, working from home or practicing COVID-19-related social distancing.

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