Smartphones Make Smart TelevisionTM

Remotes by Smartphone

The VCC powers the world’s 4 billion smartphones, laptops and iPads to become reliable, high-quality live remote sources for TV programs for broadcast, cable, the web and Facebook Live.

VCC’s patented technology & services open the world to television producers, enabling remotes from almost anyone, anywhere using their own devices and bandwidth.   Without crews, travel, or remote equipment.   Every remote contributor receives a hyper-low latency video return feed and IFB mix-minus, to permit real-time back & forth discussion with the studio.

Today’s television programmers need to find innovative approaches to interact with their audiences.   At the same time,  viewers increasingly want their opinions to be part of the story.  The VCC’s tools leverage the growing power of smartphones to put reporters, experts, stars and regular audience members on the air – with the editorial controls and quality that professional producers expect.

 

“…our data confirms that those networks that can successfully pivot to an increasing blend of live content have the potential to out-perform those that can’t.”

— Moffett-Nathanson Research, February 2018

Our clients speak for themselves

  • "We were blown away by VCC's capabilities." "A true game-changer"

    Jason Walsh, executive producer Fox Sports Southwest
  • “The Chatting Cage has been on MLB.com in various forms for several years... The VCC platform along with the helpfulness and experience of their call production team has made this the best iteration yet. The result is a completely unique opportunity to grow the connection between MLB and its fans.”

    Chris Lundberg, Senior Coordinating Producer for MLB.com
  • “[VCC's] reliable IP video call technology means hosts and cast members can stay in the moment for an extended period regardless of location, which allows them to really open up without technology distractions getting in the way. With VCC we’re now able to do shows that were impossible in the past due to cost and logistics. It has been a great, collaborative experience and we look forward to what’s next.”

    Mike Granowsky, vp of post production Sharp Entertainment
  • "I think it is very telling that VCC has become such an integrated part of the [Daily Blast Live] workflow that the talent are calling out the technology is a key component of their content strategy. They also attested to the fact that VCC was far better than any of the competitors."

    Ed Busby, SVP Strategy TEGNA
  • "Every content provider has been trying to crack the code in developing social media based, formatted programs.... the VCC has developed the technology and the specialized production expertise to break through with that programming.”

    Joe Townley, COO, MY Entertainment MY Entertainmnt
  • The VCC solution fades into the background during production, keeping the cast’s focus on content and not technology. The result is a uniquely immersive experience that allows for the extended conversation needed to allow the most riveting content to emerge naturally

    Matt Sharp, CEO and Founder, Sharp Entertainment Sharp Entertainment
  • We had the challenge of our cast being across the globe and the VCC provided us with a great solution. The reliability of the VCC enables cast members to be fully engaged without the technical disruptions that are so common when video calls appear on TV. We were impressed by the VCC’s quality and professionalism

    Scott Lewers, SVP, Multi-platform Programming & Digital Content, TLC TLC
  • Working with The VCC has been incredibly easy. They guided us through their innovative process with complete transparency and provided many creative options for us to choose from. The VCC somehow makes it all look easy and the system’s reliability ensures that we look great.

    TC Conway, Director, Innovative Experiences and Innovation Discovery Communications
  • The VCC solution delivers, it makes viewers part of the show, with the unique opportunity to see themselves on air, have intimate interactions with their favorite stars, share their enthusiasm with their own social media circles, and do this all while providing our team with the editorial control needed to bring this live segment to air with confidence

    Mary Clare Baquet, VP Creative & Production, The Agency Discovery Communications
  • TEGNA was an early adopter of the VCC and we are excited to work with them on DBL. Their innovative technology offers our production team numerous options to create an ever-changing and dynamic live program every day.

    Bob Sullivan, senior vice president, programming TEGNA
  • Thanks for all you do! It's a blast!

    Sharon Levy, Technical Operations Manager TEGNA, Daily Blast Live
  • Thanks guys, what a professional and awesome team!

    Joanne Azern, Executive Producer Sharp Entertainment
  • So great working with you! Thanks for performing miracles in such a short amount of time!

    Amy Bonezzi, Executive Producer Sharp Entertainment
  • Thanks so much for everything, Larry Jonni-Lynn and team. It came out so much better than I ever imagined.

    Steve Werner, Line Producer Sharp Entertainment
  • The VCC team is among the best I've worked with in the industry, it's a pleasure to work with them.

    Emily Raiber, Producer, "Love 911" Fox Television Stations
  • "The pleasure was all ours. You and your team are a joy to work with and I look forward to future endeavors with VCC. "

    Lee Bowen, Technical Supervisor Dish Nation
  • “Wetpaint thrives on innovating. That is what makes the Video Call Center an exciting partner as we grow [our] live programming lineup - - to flip the script on entertainment TV, putting fans on air, no matter where they are, alongside their favorite bloggers and celebrities.”

    Birame Sock, President & COO Wetpaint
  • “My experience on OMGossip: I had the time of my life. I’ve been a guest on other people’s television shows, but I told Jeremy It was the most fun I’ve ever had on somebody else’s show. I mean, unbelievable.”

    Donna Drake Live it up
  • “We believe this digital technology will foster innovation in the area of live, interactive programming across multiple platforms. This forward-thinking partnership positions us well digitally, and in the future, as the VCC seamlessly combines social media, television and the web to maximize viewer engagement.”

    Dave Lougee, president TEGNA Media
  • The VCC application should prove interesting with political fare. "The cable networks have enjoyed a lot of success with the debates, so tapping into the political campaigns makes a lot of sense. Why not see how viewers respond and get some eyeballs. Advertisers have not been shy about positioning themselves with the debates."

    Brad Adgate Horizon Media
  • VCC is another great example of how broadcasters are leveraging new technologies to gather more types of content. It really challenges the traditional ways of contributing live content, and we’re proud to power the solution with our video streaming products.

    Peter Maag Haivision
  • We have to continually find ways to improve and innovate to meet the changing needs of our audiences. Using the VCC platform, we are able to produce original, interactive programming. We are excited about this technology and look forward to rolling it out to other Tegna Media stations

    Dave Lougee Tegna
  • A special thanks to the VCC production team did an amazing job to make us all shine…thank you Video Call Center Team!

    Christine Stoffel Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology

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Proven Success Across Cable Networks, Syndication, TV Stations & Digital

Some VCC Statistics

Experience: Hundreds of live programs, thousands of callers — makes The Video Call Center the expert in live contribution via IP.

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Managing Remote Contributors

The VCC has created a suite of tools to permit program producers to marry the benefits of video over IP so reporters, experts, celebrities and fans can participate in live and live to tape programming.

Leveraging to power of smartphones, laptops and pads, VCC permits producers to add live remote contributors at high quality from anywhere, without remote crews, travel time, or field equipment. 

From single-camera remotes by smartphone to full call-in audience participation shows, VCC has the tools to expand the canvas for producers, creating new content and saving cost.

Remotes by Smartphone

The VCC believes that everyone is walking around with the worlds best ENG devices already in their pockets.  Smartphones contain high-quality cameras, fast processors and connectivity to permit high-quality remotes from anywhere.   The VCC provides tools and services to increase the performance from these devices providing new options for production teams.

Match Requirements

The VCC suite of tools are available in a number of ways to match your business and program
requirements:

  • Caller Cloud: Call Screening as a service into existing control rooms, with hyper-low latency video and IFB return feeds.
  • Caller Queue: Management platform for managing booked remote participants as well as audience members.  
  • Automated Production: Utilizing VCC’s HAT automation, entire productions can be created among disparately located teams, without a control room.
  • Program Incubator Services: Complete production services and creation of live or live to tape programming.
  • Software purchase and licensing to put the tools in your facility.

Optimized Workflow

The VCC has extensive experience in IP remote services  and has developed a suite of tools to support the new genre. Whether used from our NY-based incubator, or installed in a customer’s facility, these systems enable producers to screen and air dozens of live smart-phone callers efficiently and safely.

Traditional Control Room or Host Controlled

The VCC’s systems can be connected to an existing production control room, or controlled by a program’s host without a control room.   The host is empowered by a state of the art automated “brain” call HAT (Host Automation Tool) which switches the show on their behalf, leaving them free to focus on content.

A Game Changer for the Industry

Show Producer

Sports, News, or Entertainment.  With VCC, remote participants in programming is  limited only by the depth of a contact list.  Anyone, anywhere can be a participant.  Producers are freed from needing desk resources and travel time constraints.  

Finance Chief

With fragmenting revenues the challenge is cost averaging down.  Whether trying to reduce the average cost per remote, or per show, VCC’s flat rate, all you can eat approach controls costs to make your operation more efficient.  Eliminating crew and travel costs are just the beginning.  The need for field equipment is eliminated, and services are available without capital outlays.

Transmission Manager

Think a fiber line from everywhere.  Terminal equipment, staffing, QC not for one remote, but many, all in one flat rate booking.  AND it is on the right side of the 5G transition.

Desk Editor

In this era of limited resources, VCC lets you put your crews where you really need them, where their creativity will shine.  Let VCC set up the interviews for live shots or pre-recorded inserts.  And when news breaks and you’re out of position, VCC gets people who are there on the air before the crew can show up.

Segment Producer

Need sound from a person in China, or Australia, or Europe, or Africa, or Latin America, or across town to round out your story?  Get it fast with VCC.  Do the interview yourself, or have your reporter do it even from the road, then cut it into your package.  No crew, just you.

Show Developer

With VCC Host Automation Technology HAT® not only do you save on remote operations, you save on the traditional in-studio production process.  With hosts or producers running the show, even from remote locations, you don’t need either control rooms or studios.

Network or Corporate Chief

VCC allows you to overcome the inertia of a half century of embedded production approaches for news, sports, and entertainment.  Ask yourself why the organization continues to operate with the same production workflows, same field staffing needs, and the same arguments that bigger budgets are needed even when the revenues don’t allow them. VCC has answers to accomplish  high-quality production significantly more efficiently than what has been done before.

VCC takes reliable smartphone remotes to air from anybody, anywhere.  The results are a game changer for the industry and reflect differening benefits for everyone. 

Wherever your role, VCC offers the coverage options, speed, efficiency, and reliability essential for the real-world of tomorrow. 

Samples of content we helped to create

Kirk Gibson Fox Sports Network

Kirk Gibson Fox Sports Network

Daily Blast Live

Daily Blast Live

TLC 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days

TLC 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days

Alaska: The Last Frontier

Alaska: The Last Frontier

Celebrities on the VCC

Celebrities on the VCC

The Tea

The Tea

BYOV Post Debate Show

BYOV Post Debate Show

To see our complete library, click here. For a complete list of shows & topics, click here.

How does it work?

VCC’s full production workflow can bring remote contributors and even audience members into a production through traditional, or automated methods.  The systems work with existing control rooms, or can be used for production groups without a control room at all, while always providing full editorial control and high quality.

The Video Call Center has a suite of tools to enable live remote participants to be received, aggregated, editorially screened and prepared for air.  The tools can be used individually or as a group to create a complete end-to-end workflow.

The tools work with native applications found on IP devices, so they do not require downloads on the part of the contributors.  VCC’s patented call retention systems, along with application choice, permits VCC’s Call Producers to optimize app selection to be perfect for the device and location, producing significantly better results than available through any other means.