Category Archives: UCTV News

Got Roku? Then you’ve got UCTV!

How do you watch TV? Until just a few years ago, there were only a few ways to answer that question: cable, satellite or good, old-fashioned “rabbit ears” antennae. But, as the availability of high-speed Internet has skyrocketed and consumers are finding ways to watch TV without a cable or satellite subscription, the list of potential answers keeps growing, and growing…

Since UCTV first went on the air in 2000, we’ve followed the technology trends, first making our programming available as a live webstream, then on-demand at our website. Then came our partnership with Google Video, which soon morphed into YouTube. Our YouTube channel is now one of YouTube’s most popular education channels with more than 50,000 subscribers and over 34.5 million video views!

Then came podcasting and our launch in Apple’s iTunesU, where we now host dozens of subject-specific feeds that garner millions of downloads each month.

This week, UCTV took its next technology leap with a new channel on Roku, an inexpensive box that connects with your TV and enables you to enjoy streaming content (such as movies, TV shows, music) on your television through your Internet connection. On Roku you’ll find a collection of content from the likes of Netflix, huluPLUS, Amazon, Pandora…and now UCTV, available for free, right on your TV. The UCTV Roku channel features a live stream of the channel as well as on-demand video organized by subject matter and special monthly features. Find out more about UCTV on Roku here.

But we’re not stopping there. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for news about our iPhone app and even more exciting developments. In the meantime, keep watching UCTV — and let us know HOW you watch!


Change is Good

Hopefully you’ve noticed our recently redesigned website and love it as much as we do! Not only is it easy on the eyes, but it’s easier to navigate and discover even more of the content you love.

We’re especially excited to introduce a comment feature that allows visitors to chime in, using their Facebook profile, on UCTV videos and engage with fellow viewers. We hope you’ll log on and check it out.

The updated website is just the first of several new surprises we’ll be rolling out in the next few weeks and months, including an exciting new web series. Stay tuned for details – you won’t want to miss it!!


UCTV Coming Soon to Santa Barbara Cable

Thanks to UC Santa Barbara’s determined efforts, the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria have designated UCTV/UCSB-TV as a higher education channel to be carried on Cox cable channel 72 throughout the county. The channel launches January 10 and we couldn’t be more excited.

Reposted from UCSB’s Office of Public Affairs

Beginning next week, television viewers in the Santa Barbara area will have a new means of experiencing the scholarly research, scientific breakthroughs, and media and fine arts that distinguish the University of California and, more specifically, UC Santa Barbara. On Tuesday, January 10, University of California Television (UCTV) will make its Santa Barbara debut on Cox Cable channel 72.

The new channel will be announced at Tuesday’s Santa Barbara City Council meeting.

With the launch of UCSB TV, the campus’s UCTV channel, audiences in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria will enjoy round-the-clock programming across a range of areas, including arts and music, business, health and medicine, agriculture, the humanities and social sciences, and science and technology.

“UCSB TV provides another exciting opportunity for our campus to serve our local community,” said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. “From the humanities and fine arts to science and technology, our campus –– and the UC system as a whole –– offers a wealth of educational, informational, and cultural events. This new higher education channel will allow the entire Santa Barbara area to be part of our dynamic learning environment.”

UCSB already provides roughly 30 percent of UCTV’s programming, with series and documentaries such as “Debating Darwin”; “Voices,” in which UCSB faculty members and guests discuss issues and topics ranging from poetry to scientific research, to historical figures and their impact on society; and the Technology Management Program. Recent programming from the campus’s Carsey-Wolf Center includes the conference Law & Order: Changing Television,” a daylong event that explored the significance of the Law & Order brand and its extraordinary success during its more than 20-year run.

“UCTV creates a place where viewers can participate in the life of the University of California and the communities that surround its 10 campuses,” said Constance Penley, professor of film and media studies at UCSB and co-director of the Carsey-Wolf Center. Penley also serves as faculty member at-large on the UCTV systemwide advisory board. “As part of the nation’s largest and preeminent public university system, the channel and Web site are at the center of new thinking, scientific breakthroughs, and fresh ideas.”

Showcasing the excellence and diversity of the nation’s premiere research university, UCTV embraces the core missions of the University of California –– teaching, research, and public service –– through quality, in-depth television that informs, educates, and enriches the lives of people around the globe. Other current programming includes UC San Francisco’s “Winning the War on Cancer in the 21st Century”; UC Berkeley’s “Exploring and Protecting the Deep Frontier with Sylvia Earle,” and its “Great Minds Gather Here” series, which features lectures by the Dalai Lama, Bill Moyers, Ingrid Betancourt, Michael Pollan, and Elizabeth Warren; and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s “Science on Saturdays.”

“Each campus is a treasure trove of knowledge, culture and informed discussion, and UCTV provides a platform to share that treasure with the public,” said Lynn Burnstan, managing director of UCTV. “Clearly, the desire to serve the public discourse is great, because I regularly hear from new campus departments, organizations and faculty interested in expanding the reach of their work through UCTV’s television and Web outlets.”

Since its inception in 2000 as an academic initiative of the UC Office of the President, UCTV has grown into a robust satellite, cable, and online network that transports knowledge far beyond the individual campuses. UCTV has broadcast over 5,000 programs on a variety of topics that have expanded the public’s knowledge and appreciation of research, including its impact on everyday life. Currently, UCTV is available on over 60 cable systems around the country, reaching 23 million households, and millions more with its Web site and popular YouTube and iTunesU channels.

“Eventually, UCSB will be able to create even more of our own programming that will include a variety of series and specials to air on UCSB TV in primetime,” said Penley. An advisory board comprised of UCSB faculty and staff members, students, and others will help the campus create television and related Web programs, she noted.

“The excellent programming that UCSB increasingly contributes will advance UCTV as the global digital brand of the University of California,” Penley said.