WASHINGTON (November 29, 2005)– The Catholic Communication Campaign of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently announced the production and distribution of a special Advent reflection series on their streaming video page. Each installment of the eleven-part series features a different bishop reflecting on the various aspects of the season, focusing on each week of Advent, as well as most of the major liturgical feasts and holy days of this time of year. The series started on Thanksgiving and will continue through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 8th.
The announcement coincides with the unveiling of a new name and logo for the CCC's streaming video project. According to the CCC's production coordinator, the new name – CCC-TV – was chosen to acknowledge the advancing trend toward convergence in communications technology.
"Although CCC-TV isn't a television network in the classical sense, as the divide between computers and televisions shrinks, more and more programming will be available via the Internet," said Ken Stockard, who coordinates and manages programming and content on the site.
"As opportunities for distributing programming on traditional television outlets decrease – especially for Catholic producers and other religious programmers – the Internet will become an increasingly more important way to spread the Good Word," he added.
Following the success of the CCC's streaming video efforts during the 2001 USCCB Fall General Meeting, the Bishops Committee for Communications approved the creation of a permanent streaming video portal on the USCCB website. Working with Atlantic Video of Washington, DC, the CCC's streaming video page was officially launched in February 2002 with a report on the Diocese of Salt Lake City's efforts to provide hospitality to athletes and visitors during the Winter Olympics.
Since then, the site has averaged nearly thirty new postings each year, ranging from originally-produced news stories about Catholic life in the United States to trailers for the CCC's television programming. In addition, the site has provided an outlet for special USCCB news programming as well – featuring live webcasts of important press conferences and extensive coverage of the Bishops' annual meetings.
CCC-TV is located on the web at http://www.ccc-tv.com. Visitors can view the segments using either Real Player or Windows Media technologies.
The Catholic Communication Campaign is an activity of the USCCB that develops media programming, public service announcements, and other media resources to promote Gospel values. Donations from Catholic parishioners make possible the work of the CCC. For more information, visit their website at www.usccb.org/ccc.