DVD - VHS - TiVO - DIGITAL TV - CD ROM - VIDEO CD - SATELLITE - CABLE - TERRESTRIAL - INTERNET - A TECHNICAL ODYSSEY?
To you and me it's all a load of technical gobbledegook. What does it all mean? Well, these are the various methods of delivering programme material to you the viewer. Never before has there been such a profusion of "diffusion systems" as they are called. Confusing? You bet!.
This is not the place to describe each of these systems - suffice to say we in the CTA have to keep abreast of the latest developments as they impact upon how our programmes are seen.
From the very start of the CTA our vision has been to provide Christians with cringe free programmes they can show to their friends either in a home situation, in groups or Church. Whatever happens in the technical world - this is still our vision! Who knows, in a year or so you may be viewing CTA programmes on a widescreen TV played from a DVD, or even via the Internet. However for the present the humble VHS cassette is still the most prevalent form of distribution with DVD rapidly catching up.
But there is still nothing to beat personal contact and friendship with those who don't yet know how much God loves them. More people become Christians through personal friendship than any other way - and in the CTA we see video as being able to play a big part in that.
With long winter nights and not a lot that's great on TV, why not have a party for your "not yet Christian" friends with one of our videos as a focus on the evening. Show one that's appropriate to your friends' interest - we have loads to choose from in the CTA library.
Whatever happens on the technical front, the CTA will God willing, continue to produce relevant programmes you can show to your friends and help them discover for themselves the "unsearchable riches of Christ".
OUR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES RECENTLY TOOK A STEP BACK IN TIME - AND HE HASN'T STOPPED TALKING ABOUT IT SINCE. HERE'S HIS REPORT.
"One of the things I love about this work is the sheer variety of places, people and stories you get to visit, meet and hear. This past year has seen most of our productions being filmed in the UK which makes a change from globe trotting. It has also seen a change in the type of programmes we are producing - the Open Home: Open Bible series being a good example.
Another is the recent filming we did at St. George's Hall in Bradford. This took me back to my early BBC days when I used to work as a junior cameraman on some of the big light entertainment shows featuring the country's best known comics.
I did say I loved the variety in this work, and immediately after the show in Bradford, the OB unit and 10 crew made a dash down the M1 to set up and film Rev Dr. John Stott at All Souls Church in central London. This is another CTA production in association with Creative Publishing ( with whom we produced Open Home..) and is a series of 4 lectures given by the learned gentleman as part of the "London Lectures" annual series. This year the subject is "Incomparable Christ". Needless to say the church was packed for the occasion, which we filmed with 4 cameras. This follows on from another lecture series we recently completed for the Proclamation Trust with David Jackman and Dick Lucas. These are 8 preaching workshops on video and they are a superb resource for those involved in this prince of ministries. Both productions are now available and we believe every Church should have them!"!