"Das Fernsehen, wo die Leute selber ihr Programm machen können."
About dorf tv
What is dorf tv?
dorf tv is no TV Channel in the traditional sense. "dorf" stands for "Der (the) Offene (open) RundFunk (broadcaster)". dorf tv is austrians first 24/7 community TV channel broadcasting terrestrically via DVB, covering an area of about 400.000 housholds in the province "Upper Austria". Comparable to "Open Access TV" and "Community radios" but also inspired by the idea of TV as an instrument of art "dorf tv" is an open and independent platform for individuals, organizations, culture-, film- and mediaactivist to go on air with their videos and programs.
The philosophy of dorf tv is: Simple production!
Bridging the fields of new media and traditional broadcasting entries can be uploaded via www.dorftv.at. dorf tv broadcasts content that would otherwise be distributed only on the Internet. dorf tv is strictly noncommercial. dorf tv started broadcasting on June 16th in 2010.
Idea and history
The idea behind the project had a long history. Already since the mid eighties - as part of the Ars Electronica Festival - local media artists set up temporary TV projects exploiting the idea of interactivity and developing hybrid information and communication systems often later sniggered at by commercial competitors. In 2005 a group of artists and media activists "MATRIX" resurrected the idea of an interactive open access TV channel building on the experiences of "Stadtwerkstatt TV" and the succesful introdcution of Community Radios in Austria.
In 2007 the initiative presented a "pilot channel" at the arts Museum LENTOS in Linz. In 2008 MATRIX organized a conference on current developments in the field of TV in cooperation with the Arts University of Linz. In 2009 together with regional cultural and media initiatives MATRIX founded dorf tv. In march 2010 dorf tv was granted a licence for terrestrial broadcasting (DVB) by the austrian broadcasting regulator - beeing the first noncommercial community TV channel in Austria to broadcast digital. In June 2010 dorf tv went on air.
More than other (Community TV stations) dorf tv is exploring the possibilities of the Internet. Registered users can upload videos of any kind and broadcast an Air. Theme, format or length of a contribution does not matter. "We show almost everything," says program leader Gabriele Kepplinger: "Provided a publication does not violate copyright or media. However, "Trash" if you will, we do not get. " So far more than 100 users have uploaded videos. dorf tv ist not Internet. Unlike the video-platforms on the web TV broadcast still reaches society as a whole. Even if we hear that TV is dead for quite a while, we believe that TV is still a relevant medium that can reach many people of different age and different social background at the same.
Our mission and goals
The experiences with this project were very satisfying concerning the technical part, the team, the motivation and the response of the people. The main parts of the technical concept and especially those that were crucial, like signal transmission and broadcast, worked out perfectly well right from the start, although we used low cost technology (compared to established TV stations).
Other concepts, like the “simple production”-philosophy take longer than expected. Probably the medium TV is known and internalized in a traditional way and there are psycological barriers to act with the same lightness and nonchalance that people have on the internet. Our procedure therefore is to try things out, observe the effects and adjust the strategies to reach our goals.
We learn with those who use and watch dorf tv. But generally we can say that people really appreciate the existence of dorf tv. And even if they have not tried it yet, many people think about how they could use it for their own ideas. It's work in progress, sometimes slower than expected, but with continuous development.T T