In August of 2012 I became a full-time post-production technician with a company that was then known as Met|Hodder, and is known today as HODDER. The company’s specialty is branded entertainment, and is best known for it’s recap, retrospective, and fan appreciation specials on many iconic television shows, including Once Upon a Time, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, Under The Dome, and Black-ish. HODDER is also known for their non-broadcast work, including web videos for Defiance, Yale University’s Expect With Me campaign, Disney’s Heroes Work Here, and in-store advertising for Walmart.
While working at HODDER I was given a number of responsibilities, including fulfilling the roles of media manager, assistant editor, online editor, colorist, and video engineer. For various projects I handled mastering, ingestion, standards conversions, upresing, standards complains, and quality control. Below is a selected list of projects I worked on, and the work I did on it:
Black-ish: Bloop-ish – Managed the media, applied and customized LUTs, mastering and compliance with broadcast media specifications.
A Very Special Supernatural Special – Handled format conversion for fan-submitted media, resolved issues with ingestion uncooperative digital media due to proprietary format extensions, mastering and compliance with broadcast media specifications.
I found this in my mail. I’m not entirely sure why ActavaTV in New York has sent me this, but it certainly piqued my interest. As far as I can tell, ActavaTV is a Russian-language MSO, that provides, and this is where my rusty Russian skills come in, over two hundred channels from Russia, the Ukraine, Israel, and the rest of the CIS (basically, Russia’s southern-bordering neighbors). It purports to offer content in HD, and a variety of films. From the website, I’ve also managed to determine they offer karaoke and radio in addition to these services.
So the box they’re advertising is only $69.95, and I knew that there were some Russian satellite television providers around, but this made no mention of satellite or anything else of that nature. Some quick Googling of the set-top box pictured in the flier revealed it to be an IPTV box. I was intrigued when I thought they were a satellite MSO (I’ve always wanted to get into Free-To-Air satellite DXing, a good, cheap package just might be the right incentive), but now that they’re an IPTV MSO, I’m really quite interested. The website was rather scant on service costs, but eventually I dug up some information in their feedback page. Turns out their premium package is $29.99 and their basic package is a mere $9.99.
If I should come across some extra cash somewhere, I might actually invest in this, if only to examine it more closely. Of course, I probably ought to brush up on my Russian before then (good thing I kept my dictionary and work books from high school).