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Case Study: URTV

URTV is a hyper-local, hyper-personal, video-driven content management system designed to give community groups, schools, arts organisations, and health organisations a channel to publish their own videos, events, and community news. The Scotland-based startup is passionate about it's mission to deliver affordable reliable solutions to local communities and schools. In 2013, NESTA identified URTV as one of the top 5 "local solutions" in the UK.

Our role

Katana Code has worked with URTV since 2011 and together we launched URTV's daily news bulletins, Scotland's first independent and hyper-local video news publishing platform.

As their business model has evolved, Katana Code has been standing by to update the technology along side it.

We continue to work with URTV to enhance the platform's features.

Brian Keating, CEO URTV

The guys at Katana rock! As an entrepreneur I look for partners that are special. Unlike most coders they really take the time to really understand the bigger business issues and objectives, and also understand and help design in flexibility so the solution can evolve. This roadmapping of the solution which mirrors the evolution of the business model is critical in a fast-moving, competitive environment and is unusual to find in a boutique software house.
Brian Keating

URTV Web Platform

The URTV web platform drives each of the URTV stations.

Each station can be fully customised by URTV's partners, allowing them to change their fonts, colour schemes, page content, and branding from within the website itself—no developers required.

Behind the scenes, admins may upload and manage their ever-growing catalogue of news broadcasts and share them across the community.

  • Post individual and recurring events to their calendar
  • Video uploads are formatted for web and stored in the cloud
  • Users may sign in using their Facebook account
  • Each station can be fully customised and branded
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