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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board Approves Funding for the Online Video Engagement Experience

  • For Immediate Release on June 14, 2012

OVEE expansion will help public media stations engage and serve their communities

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) unanimously approved a resolution today authorizing funding to the Independent Television Service (ITVS) for the expansion of the Online Video Engagement Experience, or OVEE.

OVEE is a digital engagement platform that allows public broadcasting stations, local organizations, educators, and other key public broadcasting constituents to conduct live, online screenings of most PBS programs while interacting with participants live and in real time. CPB support will increase the flexibility of OVEE, allowing stations to take advantage of the rapid growth of tablet and smart phone use, and extend the impact of the online PBS video library.

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting invests in stations, content and innovations that strengthen public media’s service to the American people,” said Bruce Ramer, chairman of the CPB Board of Directors. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are proud to support this important engagement tool, which will benefit stations and help them better serve their communities.”

“I want to thank the CPB board for their leadership and support of OVEE,” said Sally Jo Fifer, president and CEO of ITVS, which developed the platform. “Because of CPB’s funding, stations will be able to more effectively use this technology to engage with the communities they serve, and public media will be ahead of the curve on the fast-growing social TV phenomenon.”

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Independent Television Service funds, presents and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy® Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens on Thursday nights at 10 PM on PBS. Mandated by Congress in 1988 and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, ITVS has brought more than 1,000 independently produced programs to date to American audiences. For more information about ITVS, visit itvs.org.

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