Oceanside CA— On behalf of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Bill Horn activated KOCT’s new Digital Television System at a brief ceremony in the KOCT Cablecast department. The new system from BroadStream Solutions (replacing an obsolete system) was made possible from a Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant from the San Diego County Supervisors awarded in April 2016. KOCT received additional support for the high-definition-capable equipment from Tri-City Medical Center.
The new system improves the efficiency, quality and capability of KOCT’s cablecast system which schedules and airs KOCT programs on its two television channels 24/7. Cox Cable and AT&T (the two cable providers in Oceanside) are not currently airing KOCT in hi-definition but KOCT will now be conversion ready. All of KOCT programs shown on its website KOCT.org are available for viewers in high-definition. KOCT streams its two channels: Channel 18 (The Community Channel) and Channel 19 (The Government Channel) in standard definition but the Video-on-Demand (VOD) programs shown on KOCT.org are available in Hi-Def and can be viewed on smart phones, tablets or computers.
This major project completes KOCT multi-year process of converting its entire television facility to high definition. This conversion includes KOCT’s Edit Suites, Studio, Mobile Studio and all of its field and studio video cameras.
Supervisor Horn commented at the launch of the new equipment “I’ve been a supporter of KOCT and community television not just because of its government programming but also for the many programs about the topics and issues that affect our North County residents such as Journalist Roundtable and Voice of North County.”
Steve Dietlin (CEO of Tri-City Medical Center) told KOCT prior to the digital launch “Our community medical center has had a long partnership with KOCT and believe the support of this major project is a valuable contribution back to the community.”
KOCT has been providing local television programming since its creation as a non-profit corporation in 1984. In addition to airing city, county and state government programs, KOCT provides a voice for local non-profits and community groups about their specific organizations and upcoming events and has won numerous regional and national awards for the quality of its programs. KOCT also provides a successful workforce development program serving North County and many of its volunteers, interns and employees have gone on to work in commercial broadcast, film and online entities.