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The Video Call Center Adds Creative Production Enhancements

The Video Call Center Adds Creative Production Enhancements to Live Video Caller Platform 

Provide Show Producers with Powerful New Creative Options to Connect the World with Increased Audio and Video Quality for Live TV Shows 


PALISADES, NY. April 12, 2017—The Video Call Center today announced a significant expansion of the toolset it offers to live television producers using the VCC’s patented video caller platform.   The VCC provides the world’s first production workflow that uses two-way video chat to enable remotes by smartphone and video caller participation in live television.  The new features for on air graphics, audio and show management will all be on display at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, April 24-27 in booth SU11806.  


With the VCC, guests—including viewers, celebrities, reporters and subject experts—appear on air in full broadcast HD quality, from wherever they are, using any popular video calling app on their computer or smartphone such as Facebook Messenger, SkypeTM, FaceTime® and Gruveo (WebRTC).  The VCC makes it possible to create live television without the need for a costly traditional TV control room, altering the economics of live television production and creating opportunities for content producers to produce innovative programs for broadcast, cable, web and Facebook Live (the VCC is a Facebook Live Media Solutions partner). 


The VCC’s new enhanced toolset expands the options available to producers with: 


Caller Management 

  • Prescreening from anywhere enables an unlimited number of call screeners located anywhere in the world to interview, troubleshoot, and optimize call quality of guests. 
  • Callers now see a full-HD, low-latency return video feed on their laptops and mobile devices. 
  • The latest version of Caller Queue, the VCC’s exclusive “green room in the cloud” now supports low latency video and Stage Announce (SA) features.  
  • A new producer prioritization interface makes it easier than ever to ensure the most compelling callers are ready to be brought to air at any time. Caller Queue also now supports third party access lists (e.g., via SAML) to provide new and flexible ways to authorize callers. 

Graphics Enhancement

  • Producers can now add animated backgrounds behind video callers to fully customize the look of their shows. 
  • Dynamic lower thirds for callers can now be populated with rotating information such as location, topic, or other data. A customizable algorithm gives producers flexibility to create custom timing for when graphics appear and disappear. 
  • Enhanced show creator software lets production contributors upload videos and graphics for the show from their desktop without having to resize graphics. 



Audio Tools

  • The VCC now features networked digital audio throughout for higher quality throughout productions and the use of stereo sound on clips. 
  • A new video cough switch provides on air hosts with a convenient means for keeping their presentation clean and professional. 

The VCC has produced hundreds of live television programs. Samples of these shows, as well as additional information about the VCC, are available at www.thevcc.tv. 


About The Video Call Center, LLC: 
The VCC is a technology and content development company devoted to handling large numbers of IP Video remotes-by-smartphone and putting them on the air through patented workflow and assistive automation (patent #8,767,031 and other patents pending). The VCC licenses its software and provides caller acquisition and production services. VCC has produced hundreds of programs for the web through its Talk Center America platform, and dozens for the stations of co-owner TEGNA Media. The VCC is jointly owned by Wolzien LLC and TEGNA, which is a significant investor and customer. Examples of video caller television programs and complete information about the VCC are available at www.thevcc.tv

FOX Television and the Video Call Center Sign Agreement to Collaborate on New Program Development

The VCC Brings Patented Video Caller Production Platform and Services to Development Project

PALISADES, NY. February 23, 2017—The Video Call Center (The VCC) today announced it had signed a technology license and services agreement with the Half-Life Productions unit of Fox Television Holdings to develop programming in the new genre of video caller television. The VCC offers an end-to-end, patented video caller platform and content development services for creating programs based upon video callers. The VCC makes it possible to simultaneously connect multiple video callers from around the world—including viewers, experts, celebrities and other guests—via their computers or smartphones and bring them all together in live, broadcast programs.

Examples of video caller television programs and complete information about the VCC are available at www.thevcc.tv.

 

About The Video Call Center, LLC:
VCC is a technology and content development company devoted to handling large numbers of IP Video remotes-by-smartphone and putting them on the air through patented workflow and assistive automation (patent #8,767,031 and other patents pending). VCC licenses its software and provides caller acquisition and production services. VCC has produced hundreds of programs for the web through its Talk Center America platform, and dozens for the stations of co-owner TEGNA Media. VCC is jointly owned by Wolzien LLC and TEGNA, which is a significant investor and customer. More information at www.thevcc.tv

The Tea

New Daily Show The Tea from the Video Call Center and Wetpaint Speeds Past Half Million Online Viewers in Just First Month in Production

Uses Exclusive Video Call-In Technology to Engage Audience by Connecting them with Their Favorite Celebrities

New York, NY—The Tea, the new daily video call-in gossip show produced by The Video Call Center and Wetpaint, today announced that the ground-breaking new show has attracted more than half a million viewers in just its first month. In excess of one hundred thousand viewers per week join the online-only show and according to Wetpaint dwell time statistics, they stay tuned in for significantly longer than typical site visitors. The Tea, available every weekday at 3pm ET on Wetpaint at thetea.tv as well as Facebook Live, uses the Video Call Center’s patented video caller platform to create a novel program that enables celebrities, audiences, and hosts to engage in compelling, unscripted, unexpected conversation.  

The VCC platform is one of a small number of new technologies to be showcased for leaders and innovators of unscripted and non-fiction live program production at the upcoming Real Screen Summit, January 23-26, in Washington, DC.

Wetpaint’s The Tea is representative of a new breed of live content being produced on the Video Call Center platform for distribution both online and via traditional broadcast platforms. The VCC makes it possible to simultaneously connect multiple video callers from around the world—including viewers, celebrities and other guests—via their computers or smartphones  and bring them all together in live, broadcast-caliber programs.  The show averages more than a dozen on-air remote video callers/contributors per TV half-hour. This flexible scalability combined with Wetpaint’s social engagement technologies, results in programming that resonates with Wetpaint’s more than ten million fans.

VCC puts the host in direct control of the flow of the show and eliminates the requirement for an expensive TV control room. This change dramatically alters the economics of live television production and creates opportunities for content producers to innovate. The VCC makes it possible for video callers to join live programs using any device and a more than a dozen IP video calling services, including Facebook Messenger, SkypeTM, FaceTime® and Gruveo (WebRTC). The VCC platform includes caller filtering and moderation features to ensure that only the most compelling and appropriate callers make it to air.

Larry Thaler, the CEO of the VCC, said, “Shows like The Tea are using the Video Call Center to fundamentally change what is meant by audience engagement. This is social TV in the truest sense, where the audience has the chance to be on camera and contributing to the conversation. We’re seeing content creators from across the spectrum of entertainment and news re-evaluate how they connect with their audiences thanks to the success of programs like The Tea.”  

Wetpaint is a leader in social publishing with a celebrity hook. Every day the site showcases exclusive interviews, breaking stories, and its fangirl spin on the hottest news — all fueled by social media. By leveraging patented, proprietary social technology, Wetpaint drives the deepest form of engagement with its users—and gains new audiences virally through sharing. Wetpaint technology gives it the power to know what its audience wants and when, turning casual fans into true fanatics. That’s how Wetpaint has become the leading social publisher for millennial women, with more than 10M Facebook fans, 13M monthly unique visitors, and 90M monthly page views.

About The Video Call Center, LLC:
VCC is a technology and content development company devoted to handling large numbers of IP Video remotes-by-smartphone and putting them on the air through patented workflow and assistive automation. VCC licenses its software and provides caller acquisition and production services. VCC has produced hundreds of programs for the web through its Talk Center America platform, and dozens for the stations of co-owner TEGNA Media. VCC is jointly owned by Wolzien LLC and TEGNA, which is a significant investor and customer. More information at  www.thevcc.tv

The VCC Interview with Broadcast Beat

Jerry Berger and Will Milne of the VCC were interviewed by Broadcast Beat at SMPTE this past week in Hollywood, CA. While attending SMPTE, Berger and Milne provided demonstrations of live caller management and host-control using our remote hosting technology. 

As Head of Business Development, Jerry Berger can often be found at Broadcast Technology conferences, introducing our tech and the subsequent new genre of television it created to other professionals in the field. Though you wouldn’t know from this interview, Will Milne is actually the creator of the HAT, our Host Automation Tool. Both gentlemen have been crucial to the success and growth of the VCC. 

Tom Wolzien Speaks at NextTV Summit

NextTV kicked off Television Week in Manhattan and our very own Tom Wolzien (Founder) was invited to speak on a panel. Joined by Hulu’s Noah Heller, Streaming Video Alliance’s Jason Thibeault and Float Left’s Kirby Grines, Tom talked about how smartphones are changing the landscape of television by turning it into a form of two-way communication. 

 

“Right now in our country, we have large groups of people who feel unheard and who don’t trust the media, take Trump supporters and Bernie Sanders’ supporters, just to name a few. If we don’t take them into consideration, we are all headed for peril.” 

The simplest way to gain the trust of an audience is to invite them to become a part of the content. Let them be heard, and let them engage with other people who are just like them. Traditional television that features an anchor talking at you does not fit the current social narrative.  If television does not adapt, it will not make it in the modern age. 

The VCC has been adapting and developing two way television since 2013. To date, we have launched over 360 hours of programs and have brought nearly 4,000 video callers, each a unique voice, live to air. 

As Wolzien said, we began solving the problem before anyone realized it existed. 

 

Find the VCC this week at SMPTE in Hollywood, VA and on November 9th & 10th at the NAB East show in New York, NY.

John Basedow at the co-host?

Last night on OMGOSS!P, host Jeremy Hassell was joined in the VCC studio by OMGOSS!P regular John Basedow. Basedow held down the co-host chair with his regular one-line zingers and had our staff, callers and viewers rolling in delight. Among his many one liners last night, Basedown taught us a new acronym, TT, which means ‘too through.’ When you are just fed up and ‘can’t take it no more’, you are TT.

While he was here, Basedow took it upon himself to lift up our staff. No really, he picked us up. 

As a man who loves to be ahead of the curve, Basedow gave our host controls (HAT) a whirl. Before we could even get the words out to tell him how it works, Basedow was bringing in callers and asking “hey, how do I pull up a three caller shot?” There are no baby steps with fitness master John Basedow. We’re honestly a little surprised he didn’t take over the host control mid-show. 

What would a Basedow visit be without the famous point? Before leaving, Basedow took a picture with our team and he gave his famous stoic look and really-personal-feeling point. John Basedow wants YOU… to call into OMGOSS!P. 

Uncle Basedow, please come back and visit soon!

OMGOSS!P Recap

Last night marked TalkCenterAmerica’s fourth week in a row of using the Video Call Center’s Caller Queue technology. An infinite number of callers enter the queue to watch the live stream and await their chance to be on TV. The producer, who can see the Callers’ name, topic and location, decides who to send to a call computer for the chance to be approved or denied air time. 

OMGOSS!P (presented by TalkCenterAmerica) filtered through fourteen callers in a thirty minute show last night. Callers who were not suitable for the show (either due to content or presentation) were passed over to make room for callers who brought more “wow” factor to the broadcast.

Among OMGOSS!P’s guests last night were LGBT powerhouses TS Madison & Shauna Brooks and actor JustinRayne. The celebrities and OMGOSS!P regulars weighed in on the most scandalous trending topics, such as: Chris Brown’s most recent arrest; Rihanna, Britney Spears & Beyonce at the VMA’s; Logo’s Gay Bachelor & more! 

 

Disclaimer: Guests of OMGOSS!P are not limited to the human species. TalkCenterAmerica prides itself on taxonomic diversity.

To watch the full episode, head over to OMGOSSIP.TV

Weekend Gossip Recap

This weekend in Gossip news:

  • Mariah Carey denies ever throwing shade a former co-host Nicki Minaj– do you buy it?
  • Britney makes a come back with a killer prank on Jimmy Kimmel and a topless pic?!
  • A new rumor emerges– are Blake and Gwen getting married? 
  • Ariana Grande takes down the house at ABC’s Greatest Hits with her powerhouse tribute to Whitney. Watch it here.

All this and more on this week’s OMGOSS!P. 

As always, tune in to OMGossip.tv @ 9PM EDT to find out which of these stories make the cut and which are knocked aside by more breaking gossip. Follow @OMGossipTCA to stay in the gossip-loop between shows and to vote! Which stories should we cover this week?

To be on the show, visit CallOMGossip.com when we are live! To pre-book yourself in advance, click here.

OMGOSS!P Live @ 9PM Wednesday 08.10.2016

Weekend Gossip Teaser

This weekend in celebrity news:

Khloe Kardashian gets slammed for being too skinny. Are people being unnecessarily harsh because Khloe’s trademark is being a thick woman, or she really just too thin?

Caitlyn Jenner is spotted with a mystery man. Is she finally dating!?

The Beehive is being accused of hacking Becky with the good hair‘s google and iCloud account. Did they do it? LAPD are investigating. 

In Taylor Swift news, Brittney Spears sends some serious shade when she says in an interview that she’s “never met Taylor before”, totally ignoring the photographic evidence of the pair meeting in 2008 at the VMA’s. Whoops. Sounds like Brittney Spears has the same memory as Mariah, who also casually forgets meeting other powerhouses (J-Lo, who?). 

Lea Michele poses nude to declare her self love and acceptance to the world. Lea, who hasn’t had the easiest run these past couple of years after the tragic death of her longterm boyfriend, looks great and sounds great. Keep it up, Lea.  

As always, tune in to OMGossip.tv @ 9PM EDT to find out which of these stories make the cut and which are knocked aside by more breaking gossip. Follow @OMGossipTCA to stay in the gossip-loop between shows and to vote! Which stories should we cover this week?

To be on the show, pre-book yourself here OR Skype TalkCenterAmerica or FaceTime TalkCenterAmerica@gmail.com when we are live to join in the conversation!

OMGOSS!P Live @ 9PM Wednesday 08.03.2016

OMGossip Weekly Recap

This week on OMGOSS!P we were joined by the hilarious and beautiful Nicole Arbour. Between Nicole’s fans, and Sky from Black Ink Crew’s fans, our call lines were blowing up!

We dove into the secrets behind Rob Kardashian’s sudden deletion of his Instagram, we dished on Demi Lovato’s new romance with Odell Beckham Jr and got a sneak peek into a plastic surgeon’s office, where a certain someone was waiting for a procedure!

Catch the highlights in our recap below, and visit OMGossip.tv to watch the full episode. 

OMGoss!p Live @9PM EDT every Wednesday