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Open Student Television Network partners with ORION to showcase talent of Canadian schools
- From: "Andre Quenneville" <>
- To: <>
- Subject: Open Student Television Network partners with ORION to showcase talent of Canadian schools
- Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 10:03:59 -0400
For Immediate Release
Open Student Television Network partners with ORION to showcase talent of
August 10, 2006: Toronto, Canada and Cleveland, USA - Open Student Television
Network (OSTN), the only 24-hour, seven-day global channel exclusively
devoted to student-produced programming, is partnering with the ORION
research and education network to bring OSTN to Ontario.
The partnership with the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network
(ORION) - which links more than 70 research and education institutions with
more than one million students and thousands more staff and faculty in the
province - brings the channel to the province's colleges and universities and
gives students and faculty a powerful platform to showcase their film, video
and television productions to a global audience. The agreement also allows
institutions to host the channel on campus.
Broadcasting programs by students from Harvard, Yale, MIT, USC, and others,
OSTN now welcomes content from Ontario students, creating new opportunities
for students and faculty at ORION institutions, such as Sheridan College,
York University, Ryerson University and the Ontario College of Art and Design
and many more.
OSTN uses the Abilene network managed by Internet2 (I2) in North America, the
GEANT2 Network managed by DANTE in the European Union, and now ORION to
deliver OSTN to more than 34 million users at 3,778 university member
campuses and 36 countries in North America and Europe.
OSTN multicasts short- and feature-length films, documentaries, performing
arts, news and cultural programs. Students create content and make
programming decisions necessary for the network to appeal to its peer-viewing
audience. It also provides students with resources, community, exposure and
"This is a wonderful opportunity for Ontario film, video and television
students," says ORION President/CEO Phil Baker. "We're very excited about
helping to showcase our talent to the world and to contribute to this
wonderful global forum," he says. "We soon expect to see high-quality Ontario
student content on OSTN, including films, animation and performance arts."
Participating in OSTN also allows ORION to showcase its multicast
capabilities. ORION features the very latest in advanced network technologies
and can support multicast feeds to member institutions.
The partnership is a natural fit," said Prashant Chopra, Chief Executive
Officer of OSTN. "This is OSTN's first expansion into Canada, and Ontario is
its largest province. Thanks to this agreement, these students can view OSTN
content via computer or television, and we are looking forward to their
submission of quality content."
"We are thrilled that students and faculty from Ontario's universities and
colleges can now view the programming and we're pleased to work with ORION to
help students submit quality entertainment, sports, news and research content
for distribution to peers," he said.
"ORION's testing of OSTN multicast demonstrated its perfect multicast design
and architecture to be enjoyed by the Canadian students to share their known
talent and creativity with their peers around the planet" said Latif Ladid,
President of IPv6 Forum. OSTN will also collaborate with ORION to advance
research in the new IPv6 Internet protocol, enabled throughout most of the
OSTN is an initiative of the CampusEAI Consortium, a non-profit organisation
dedicated to facilitating development and exchange of community-source
software and digital content. ORION carries the OSTN multicast feed from
Internet2, which connects into Ontario via Canada's CAnet4 national backbone,
operated by CANARIE.
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The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION), operated by a
not-for-profit organization, is Ontario's next-generation, ultra high-speed
research and education telecommunications network. ORION connects all of
Ontario's universities, most colleges, several medical and other public
research facilities and a growing number of school boards to one another and
to the global grid of research and education networks. Visit www.orion.on.ca
Open Student Television Network (OSTN) is the only 24-hour global channel
devoted exclusively to student-produced programming. OSTN is delivered to
over 34 million users at 3,778 university member campuses and 36 countries in
North America and Europe. For further information, visit www.ostn.tv
Led by more than 200 U.S. universities working with industry and government,
Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and technologies
for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's
Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and
government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy. For more
information, visit: www.internet2.edu
216-589-9626 ext. 207 or cell: 440.522.8304
Director, Public Affairs, ORION
416-507-9860 ext 26
- Open Student Television Network partners with ORION to showcase talent of Canadian schools, Andre Quenneville, 08/11/2006
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