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PigTV Back Online
January 2004

After a hiatus through the fall of 2003, PigTV, the Internet’s original paintball television show founded in 1997, is back online, webcasting paintball programming around the world.

PigTV is a video on demand streaming television show.  Users can select and watch any of over 50 episodes at any time.  Scaled video compression technology allows paintballers with high-speed connections like cable or DSL modems to watch PigTV in a higher quality mode.  Viewing PigTV requires access to a computer that is connected to the Internet and use of the Real Player software for Windows or Macintosh.  Real Player is included with many Windows based computers or available as a free download from Real.com.

“I was frustrated that we had to go on hiatus last fall,” said PigTV producer Bill Mills.  “With the size of our audience, and the large size of the video files, the costs of webcasting the shows had outpaced the program’s sponsorships.  As the Internet keeps growing, high volume web hosting has become more affordable.  An additional kick-start for the 2004 season came from Andy ‘Darwin’ Garcia.  Andy is a paintball player and PigTV fan who works in the web hosting business and has stepped up to underwrite PigTV’s bandwidth and server needs for the Spring of 2004.

“I’m really looking forward to 2004’s shows,” said Mills.  “JVC began providing us product and technical support in 2003.  Our turn-around time on each episode last season was less than 5 business days from the tournament to webcast.  I anticipate cutting that time down even further this year.”

While some earlier episodes are as long as an hour and a half in length, typical PigTV shows are ½ hour and feature a music montage with event highlights, several games from the tournament covered, and additional stories of interest and or interviews with figures in the paintball industry.

Webcasting of PigTV kicked off in 2004 with the release of the 2003 Philly Open Episode.

You may watch PigTV Paintball Television by clicking here.
 


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