March 20, 2006 11:15 ET

University of Michigan Takes OSTN Live

UMICH Broadcasts OSTN to Students, Faculty and Staff

ANN ARBOR, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- University of Michigan today announced that it has made Open Student Television Network (OSTN), the only 24-hour global channel devoted exclusively to student-produced programming, available to over 50,000 students, staff, and faculty on its Ann Arbor campus.

An initiative of the CampusEAI Consortium, OSTN features a wide variety of programming genres ranging from soap operas like "Ivory Tower" from HRTV at Harvard University to dating shows like "Blind Date" from YTV at Yale University to talk shows like "CU@USC" from Trojan Vision at University of Southern California to reality shows like "Frosh Life" from Duke University to news shows like "Northwestern News Report" from Medill's School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

OSTN uses Abilene -- Internet2's nationwide high-speed backbone network -- to deliver OSTN student-produced programming to Internet2's three million users at 208 university member campuses and 34 state education networks. As an Internet2 member, the University of Michigan receives OSTN programming from the Abilene network, which operates at speeds 100-1,000 times faster than average household broadband connection.

"The OSTN channel is currently using channel 53 on the UMTV network. We have the UMTV network in most residence halls," said Dan Kjos, Director of Engineering & Development for Information Technology Communications at University of Michigan. "There are about 5,500 rooms with over 10,000 students. UMTV is also available in most student common areas in residence hall as well. In addition, we have about 1,000 drops in various administrative buildings around campus."

Dan also added, "The OSTN channel should be exciting for students to not only view student programming from other institutions, but to also provide student programming to other institutions of higher education. Since our resident students have their own production facility, I believe this will be their opportunity to take a new look at the way they produce and distribute their work."

"We are thrilled to have University of Michigan join OSTN," says Prashant Chopra, Chief Executive Officer of OSTN. "University of Michigan is living up to its prestigious reputation of putting out some of the most talented and creative students in the country."

"The University of Michigan is a welcome addition to the OSTN community," said Anjli Jain, Executive Director of the CampusEAI Consortium. "We look forward to working with them and providing support to this exciting initiative."

About OSTN

Open Student Television Network (OSTN) is the only 24-hour global channel devoted exclusively to student-produced programming. For further information, visit

About CampusEAI Consortium

Led by over 140 primary, secondary, and postsecondary education institutions and corporations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, 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

Contact Information

    University of Michigan
    Kim Cobb
    Director, Communications
    Email Contact
    (734) 647-4408

    Open Student Television Network
    Shane Walker
    VP of Programming, OSTN
    Email Contact
    (216) 589-9626