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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Woodworking Channel debuts on Internet

The Woodworking Channel is now available on your personal computer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Launched March 24, the Atlanta-based venture streams nonstop video of popular woodworking shows and a smattering of local productions. The channel is currently running on a 12-hour schedule, which is repeated once. It can be viewed at www.thewoodworkingchannel.com.

“I realized you have to have existing content to start,” said Reed Smith, president of The Woodworking Channel. “Otherwise you will burn through a ton of money and you’ll have about 20 episodes and nothing else after that. I looked for the biggest pieces, which were all on PBS, and got a hold of those people and talked to them about the concept of Internet TV. They were more than interested in giving it a shot. Once we got some contracts in for the Internet broadcast rights for these shows, then I started looking internationally.”

Current programming includes the Router Workshop with Bob and Rich Rosendahl, Scott Phillip’s American Workshop and American Homeshop, Woodworking at Home, and a cable program shown in the United Kingdom, the Great British Woodshop, featuring David Free. The Woodworking Channel also has programming from the American Association of Woodturners, and a two-part show featuring Sam Maloof. From The Woodshop News email newsletter, 5/3/2006. www.woodshopnews.com


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