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    What would work best for a 24/7 server type computer?

    We run a small TV channel from my classroom and it is very archaic at this point. We use a computer as our server that runs 24/7 and has been going for 6 years straight. We are going to update our channel this year as our cable company is going all internet streaming and no cable will be used at all in our town. We are going to run everything in HD and I need something will be powerful enough to run 24/7 and play HD videos all day and night. The software we use is also very archaic but we have not found anything that will let us set up time slots and dates and days that will play video and other things.

    Does anyone on here know what a good build would be that would be way more power than we need but not over doing the budget?

    Are there any prebuilt systems that would work with a TV channel system that would have software already in place and would save me hours of having to place each video in and setup the times etc. I use google but I can't find anything that would really work for our system.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction for a prebuilt machine if you know anything about a local TV channel.

    I don't know how else to explain what we do so any advice would be great. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingeborgdot View Post
    We run a small TV channel from my classroom and it is very archaic at this point. We use a computer as our server that runs 24/7 and has been going for 6 years straight. We are going to update our channel this year as our cable company is going all internet streaming and no cable will be used at all in our town. We are going to run everything in HD and I need something will be powerful enough to run 24/7 and play HD videos all day and night. The software we use is also very archaic but we have not found anything that will let us set up time slots and dates and days that will play video and other things.

    Does anyone on here know what a good build would be that would be way more power than we need but not over doing the budget?

    Are there any prebuilt systems that would work with a TV channel system that would have software already in place and would save me hours of having to place each video in and setup the times etc. I use google but I can't find anything that would really work for our system.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction for a prebuilt machine if you know anything about a local TV channel.

    I don't know how else to explain what we do so any advice would be great. Thanks.


    Take a look at Leightronix.com They have some great products. I have actually used their Nexus product in the analog version. I think they may have just what you are looking for.

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    The UltraNEXUS HD Cast looks like a nice piece that should work great. It's not cheap, that's for sure. I'm trying to figure out how I can make it work on our high school budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingeborgdot View Post
    The UltraNEXUS HD Cast looks like a nice piece that should work great. It's not cheap, that's for sure. I'm trying to figure out how I can make it work on our high school budget.

    Hope you can fit it into your budget somehow. I think they make some great products like Newtek. Let me know if you get one and how you like it.

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    Have you ever used one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingeborgdot View Post
    Have you ever used one?
    No, I have only used the UltraNexus2 which was a dual channel unit, but analog. It worked really well. I used it to play out patient education video's in a hospital. I also had Total Info that would display the weather and news between programs as well a a video clip that would list the times and titles of the programs. I always wanted an on-demand system but never found one we could afford. I left that job two years ago in September of this year.
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    I have just found another company that makes TV servers like the UltraNEXUS. The server software is called MasterPlay Onair. It is masterplay.tv and seems to have all the bells and whistles that UltraNEXUS HD has. I even have the option of building my own system. I need to do some checking now. The masterplay system can save me over $3000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingeborgdot View Post
    I have just found another company that makes TV servers like the UltraNEXUS. The server software is called MasterPlay Onair. It is masterplay.tv and seems to have all the bells and whistles that UltraNEXUS HD has. I even have the option of building my own system. I need to do some checking now. The masterplay system can save me over $3000.
    I looked at their website and the product. It looks interesting, but I wish they would have given more info on the hardware requirements. That's the nice thing about the Nexus, it's all self-contained. If the software is about $3,000 and then you have to spend about $3,000 for a pc, then it's not a big savings.

    Let me know what you end up doing.

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    $2000 to some is nothing. $2000 to my budget is. I don't know what I'm doing yet. He is going to be sending me the requirements and he figures I can build what it needs for around $2000. Only time will tell what I'm going to do I guess. I get to try out the software for 30 days before I would buy it.

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