SOURCE: Open Student Television Network

March 06, 2006 08:13 ET

Ohio State University Takes the Open Student Television Network Live

OSU Broadcasts OSTN to Students, Faculty and Staff

CLEVELAND, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2006 -- The Open Student Television Network (OSTN) today announced that BUCKEYE-TV out of the Ohio State University has recently made OSTN programming available to its Columbus campus via its local channel. The well over 50,000 students, staff and faculty at OSU will now be able to view OSTN (http://www.ostn.tv), the only channel in the U.S. that carries 100% student-produced programming. Some of the shows seen on the groundbreaking network are produced by students at universities such as University of Southern California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, Brown University, Harvard University, University of Michigan and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Launched by the CampusEAI Consortium, the Open Student Television Network (OSTN) is the first global channel of 100% student-produced programming over Abilene -- Internet2's nationwide high-speed backbone network which provides its end-users with speeds 100-1000 times faster than the average household broadband connection to laptops and desktop PCs. Internet2's network reaches over three million users at its 208 university member campuses, and 34 state education networks.

"BUCKEYE-TV is proud to be a member of the Open Student Television Network. The network will be an amazing resource for aspiring student producers, directors, technical crew, and talent to have their hard work seen by a national audience on college campuses throughout the U.S.," said Paul C. Forsgren, BUCKEYE-TV's President and General Manager.

BUCKEYE-TV faculty advisor Dave Fisher commented on the collaboration as well, "OSTN presents two great opportunities... One, it's a chance for Ohio State students to see what other college students around the country are producing at their student television stations, and two, it allows BUCKEYE-TV students to share their video production talents with others on the Open Student Television Network. It's a great idea, and we look forward to working with OSTN."

"We are thrilled to have The Ohio State University join OSTN and to add BUCKEYE-TV to our programming slate," says Prashant Chopra, Chief Executive Officer of OSTN. "There are a lot of very talented students in Columbus, and OSTN will help them get the exposure they deserve."

"One of Internet2's primary missions is to provide a platform for collaboration and innovation among the research and education community," said Laurie Burns, executive director of member and partner relations for Internet2. "The Open Student Television Network is an example of a leading initiative that enables this kind of idea sharing and content distribution across higher education -- providing students and faculty greater access to multimedia learning materials and information."

"We are pleased to see The Ohio State University joining the Open Student Television Network," said Anjli Jain, Executive Director of the CampusEAI Consortium. "We look forward to further supporting this important and exciting initiative."

About Ohio State University

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is one of the largest and most respected institutions of higher education in the world. As one of the premier teaching and research institutions in the country, we offer our students nationally ranked academic programs, an eminent faculty, cutting-edge research, a wide range of social and cultural activities, and comprehensive facilities.

About Open Student Television Network (OSTN)

Launched the CampusEAI Consortium, the Open Student Television Network (OSTN) is the first global channel of 100% student-produced programming that can be viewed by OSTN university members on laptops, desktops, and TVs leveraging their Internet2 Abilene connection. For more information on, or to apply for membership in the Open Student Television Network, go to http://www.ostn.tv

About CampusEAI Consortium

Led by over 140 primary, secondary, and postsecondary education institutions and corporations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, China and India, the CampusEAI Consortium is a Cleveland-based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping its members reduce the cost and increase the speed of providing information technology services by facilitating the development, exchange, delivery and support of community-source software and digital content. For more information, visit http://www.campuseai.org

About Internet2

Internet2 is a consortium being led by 208 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 is recreating the partnership among academia, industry and government that fostered today's Internet in its infancy.

Contact Information

  • Contact Information:

    The Ohio State University
    Dave Fisher
    BUCKEYE-TV Advisor
    Email Contact
    (614) 247-4440


    Open Student Television Network
    Rich Griffin
    VP of Technology, OSTN
    Email Contact
    (216) 589-9626