Press release submitted by WQPT|
WQPT LAUNCHES COVE ONLINE AND WORLDVIEW ON 24.2
MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT is bringing two new media services to eastern Iowa and western Illinois. WQPT has launched COVE (Comprehensive Online Video Ecosystem) at wqpt.org. What makes COVE so interesting? It allows anyone to watch their favorite PBS programs online, anytime. Not sound bites, but the entire full-length program. "We will also be adding local content to COVE" said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best. At the present time you can find local content on our website using YouTube.
The offerings span all PBS genres and the system"s most renowned award-winning programs, and will ultimately include feature-length films and documentaries, and live events and performances, with more content arriving literally every week.
"This launch illustrates our commitment to deliver PBS" signature programming to the widest possible market," said Jason Seiken, PBS senior vice president of Interactive. "Our goal is to ensure that audiences have online access to the remarkable depth and breadth of PBS programming — in a format that puts the user in control."
PBS was the top broadcast network TV web site in 2008, according to Hitwise* data. This comprehensive upgrade furthers the network"s commitment to attract new audiences and to serve as the premiere multimedia destination for online content in science, history, children"s programming, documentaries, dramas and live performances.
COVE was tested using 14 different PBS stations throughout the nation, but WQPT is the first station in the United States to launch COVE since the testing was completed.
Additionally, WQPT has begun broadcasting Worldview, an international broadcast network featuring news, documentaries, sports and entertainment programming from around the world. Worldview can be found at channel 24.2 over the air and at channel 116 (WQPT2) on Mediacom.
WQPT is located in Moline, Illinois on the campus at Black Hawk College.