FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Not a day goes by that a TV station gets a call from a viewer asking "how do I get a copy of a news story" Due to the uniqueness of the TV news clipping business many questions arise... if there are any questions we did not answer please don't hesitate calling us during regular business hours 858-274-6397 or for faster response, email us at:
Can I get a copy of what the station didn't air?
Can I make copies of these discs?
How far back do you keep newscasts?
Can I return a video or DVD if it's not the right clip?
Can I watch a news clip on your website?
How many newscasts do you record?
Can I rebroadcast or edit material I purchase from Parker News?
Why are your prices less than HALF of the other guys, and do you record UTTV?
Do you record in HD? Answer: NO
Q: Can I get a copy of what the station didn't air?
A: No. It is against the stations' policy to release their 'raw footage' or material that does not make it on the air. Any inquiries for raw footage would be between you and the individual TV station.
Q: Do you record in HD and if so, can I get an HD DVD?
No. Commercial DVD is not an HD format, and DVD recording and recorders adhere to that the same constraints. The maximum resolution of a commercially made DVD, or a DVD made on a DVD recorder, is 480i (which can be played back in 480p on a progressive scan DVD player or upscaled 720p/1080i/1080p on an upscaling DVD player).
HDTV broadcast resolution is usually either 720p or 1080i, which is beyond the capabilities of a DVD recorder and is also beyond the capabilities for a DVD player to play back (although there are growing number of DVD players and DVD recorders that can now upscale standard DVD playback output to match the pixel count of 720p and 1080i -- but the DVD itself does not contain any HD information). In addition, DVD recorders are not designed to record HDTV standards. What this means to consumers is that newer standard DVD recorders, although equipped with ATSC tuners, will only record DVDs in standard definition, as is done currently.
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Q: Can I make copies of these tapes & discs?
A: What people do with tapes and DVDs purchased by Parker News Service is up to them. However, it is illegal to make copies (dubs) of copyrighted material, and the video that you purchase is copyrighted. At the beginning of each tape or DVD is a slate that states that the video material is copyrighted. If you are looking to edit this material remember, the station holds the copyright and it's highly illegal. Please contact the station direct for website usage.
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Q: How far back do you keep newscasts?
A: Most on-air material is kept on file forever! We have began an extensive archiving system with some newscasts & stories dating back to April of 2006. Begginning January 2008 we keep all San Diego newscasts (and KTLA Morning News) on file forever. Archived: Princess Diana's funeral, Heaven's Gate, Wildfires, Ronald Reagan's funeral, The OJ Chase, local Superbowl Specials, The Cedar Fires (2003), the Santana High School shootings, 9/11 coverage, most Military Homecomings, President Bush inauguration, Governor Schwarzenegger State of The State addresses etc.... We record in house: All Local San Diego newscasts and archived: Inside San Diego, Good Morning San Diego, Politically Speaking, About San Diego, Streetside San Diego, Sportswrap (NBC)
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Q: Can I return a video or DVD if it's not the right clip?
A: No. We only provide you the segment that you inquire about. If you ask for a Sports Segment you will not get the Weather Report. If it's an obvious error on our part the video can be replaced, but not be refunded. However, you will be notified in advance if there appears to be a discrepancy to what is on our Master newscasts and what you actually ordered then you will be notified. If you purchase a DVD and it doesn't play in your computer it is your COMPUTERS fault, not ours. We recommend CD format for computer play, regardless of having a DVD DRIVE in your computer. We suggest you consult with your webmaster for your web file preference. Other helpful information here
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Q: Can I watch a news clip on your website?
A: With over 30 hours of local news daily we cannot place news clips on our website. There are many TV stations that have a Feedroom and a Videos section, but most people are unable to download or rip the clip from there, and can only view it. Click on RATES for information on viewing and purchasing electronic news stories that we record, via an email link.
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Q: How many newscasts do you record?
A: We record all local newscasts in San Diego with access to national newscasts. Also linked to such Monitoring Services to provide you copies of news from most major markets. It totals around 36 hours a day in San Diego alone. Electronic newsclips are available via the internet. Call for more details. Clips from the 30 largest cities are available via Videomail including Aljazeera, SKY NEWS, BBC, -compressed streaming video (see RATES)
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Q: Can I rebroadcast or edit material I purchase from Parker News?
A: No. We sell copies of news stories to the public for previewing and research. Each individual television station holds the copyright to these news stories, and editing or rebroadcasting such clips violates copyright laws. We suggest checking with the station first prior to posting video clips on YouTube or even your own personal site. Links to each station are available by clicking on their logo
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Q: Why are your prices so much lower than the other guys?
A: Some of the 'other guys' cater to large businesses and nationwide corporations. We tend to focus on the everyday consumer AND the large businesses. Most of our clients are Public Relation firms who require us to document their client's TV appearances. Compared to other monitoring services in San Diego and California, we offer a competitive price as well as having the LOWEST price available, guaranteed! UTSanDiego, UTTV / U-T TV is coming soon.
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See it while it’s still news! Parker News lets you view television broadcasts on your desktop immediately after they are aired. You see exactly what millions of national and local TV viewers see while opinions are still being formed!
Parker News “watches television for you” 24/7 We continuously capture and store national and local television broadcasts and keep them on file indefinitely. Also record and archive all local newscasts for 60 days. For historical purposes we’ve saved KUSI News @ 10, FOX6 News @ 10 (now the CW), and NBC 7/39 (now NBC7 ) News @ 4, 5, 6 & 11pm since April 2006 (included: NBC Nightly News)
Complete television broadcasts are automatically placed in a searchable database so that every news program, TV talk show, local opinion program, late night talk shows and public affairs programming is searchable within our system, to give you fast results. Complimentary Hit Reports are offered upon request. Breaking news / broadcast news clips are kept on file forever at Parker News Service
No more waiting for the DVD or video CD...
No more clunky audiovisual equipment...
No more cryptic transcripts taken out of context....
No more waiting until it’s “yesterday’s news”
With Parker News Service…
- You can receive a newsclip within moments of when you are mentioned on local or national TV
- You quickly view the attached video in Windows Media Player.
- You see the context it was broadcast in
- You can instantly & easily distribute clips to others via email
- You save video clips for future reference
- You control the process right from your desktop
Even make a CD from your own computer!
Most nationwide newscasts can instantly 'appear' on your desktop immediately after being aired on television.
Parker News has a nationwide video-collection and DVRs national networks and local TV stations in the top broadcast markets.
Parker News always knows what they’re saying about you!