Months ago I posted a blog entry about our burgeoning CFZtv project, and wrote that:
"we hope that we shall be premiering CFZ TV at the Weird Weekend, with outside broadcasts, interviews and whatever else the team can put together between trips to the off licence. "
I probably shouldn't have made the joke about the off-license, because - due to circumstances beyond our control - John Gledson and I were unable to deliver what we had hoped. There were a number of technical problems, server issues, and personnell problems to sort out, but finally we have a functioning CFZtv website with ten videos and even the beginnings of a Radio CFZ project.
This is only the beginning. For the time being, we have had to cut our coat according to our cloth and are using YouTube as a server. However, we are in negotiations to get a dedicated media server of our own, and things are looking very promising.
As well as hosting out own video shorts, we are working on longer projects (a 40 minute film of our latest expedition to Lake Windermere, with the cringeworthy title `Eel or no Eel` will be up in a few days, but we have other projects in mind. Have YOU got any footage of an unknown animal? A mystery cat? A lake monster? Send it to us, and we will include it in a new section of the CFZtv site.
We hope that eventually this will be a proper web-based TV station, with scheduling, and full-length documentaries - some of which will be available to buy on DVD. However, in the mean time, what we have will have to do.
But as I encoded the whole damn thing from scratch I am quite proud of it all....