Channel to pre-empt programming May 16-25 for technology upgrade
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational cable access channel, will pre-empt regular programming May 16-25 to complete a technical upgrade.
During the pre-empted period, the station will broadcast the satellite channel Classic Arts Showcase in the place of normal Southeastern Channel programming, said General Manager Rick Settoon.
Settoon said the channel is upgrading its technology by installing a new server and automation system with increased graphics capability.
“This will give us 10 times the storage space that we currently have along with greater flexibility in the scheduling and playback process, enabling us to have fewer re-runs,” Settoon said. “The change will increase efficiency in logistics and traffic as we move toward a tapeless environment. The new graphics will also improve branding for the channel.”
Regular programming on the station is expected to return Monday, May 26.
The Emmy Award-winning Southeastern Channel, which has won over 60 national awards in its five years of existence, can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish.