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University Television Productions

What is UTP?

Production Control in the SpEC
Running an episode of Take One, a multi-studio weekly production.

University Television Productions (UTP)… produces live multi-camera streams, studio video content, promotional video, instructional video, and other informational video content. Content is produced by staff led student crews. Students enrolled in MEDIA-117,  MEDIA-317, and MEDIA-417  have opportunities to produce media content in the areas of news, sports, cultural, satire/parody, instructional, educational and children’s programming. Students working in this program benefit from a real world environment from they can apply critical thinking skills in the area of media and media production.

Production Services

UTP  provides services for hire for video and audio production, including:

control room, photo
Master Control room, where various live and prerecorded video signals are switch or programmed television

Live Streaming
Event Broadcasting
Video Conferencing
Instructional Videos
Help Videos
Video Editing
Motion Graphics
Promotional Videos

However UTP’s primary emphasis is on live edit, multi-camera productions for the purposes of increasing live audience attendance through streaming and broadcast and on demand archival viewing.  Please be advised that at least a four week advance notice is required for scheduling productions.  To schedule television/streaming services or other video production services contact:

Blue House Agency

BTV Programing Information

BTV studio set
Smash studio with alternative red cyclorama

UTP programs are aired as part of BTV’s 24/7 programmed channel 60 on Cable One’s cable network and simulcast on BTV’s website:  Content on Btv in entirely created or produced by Boise State University.

Work Study Opportunities

people in production room, photo
Smash production control room, where a student director gives instructions

UTP employs work-study students each semester to work on studio and remote broadcast production teams and to staff the Department of Media’s Equipment Room. Other positions included editor’s, videographers, and reporting positions are at times also available. Work-study students interested in an application, please contact Nathan Snyder at

Course Credit Opportunities

students using controls and equipment
Student crew at the ready to produce another show for BTV

UTP is also an elective Media course: MEDIA-117, MEDIA-317, MEDIA-417 Media Activities. Students get hands-on experience in camera and audio operation in the studio and on remote shoots. These classes provides instruction in multi-camera and single-camera field recording of Boise State Club Sports, seasonal musical concerts for the Music Department as well as lectures, discussions and theater performances. Students may enroll for 1-3 credits and may re-enroll for credit in subsequent semesters. For more information, please contact Nathan Snyder at


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Student camera operator and Floor Director wait for instructions from Director

Over the years, UTP has recorded and broadcast thousands of university events. Since 1986, UTP has taped many distinguished lecturers and other campus events including many non-revenue producing athletic events for broadcast and archival purposes. In this way, students and community members can watch taped programs they could not actually attend. UTP has produced programs for many community organizations, such as training videos, dual language presentations, public service announcements and commercials, some of which have aired on commercial television stations. Many UTP production students build their resume with the experience gained in the program.

empty studio, photo
TV studio between shows.

In 2013, UTP moved into the high definition digital format and began providing live streaming on the internet as an option of broadcast. Soon after, UTP became fully responsible for providing content and programing Boise State’s cable channel and rebranded the channel BTV.   In 2015, UTP fully outfitted its larger television studio with a full 4K workflow.

In the summer of 2018 University Television received the donation of production facilities and master control facilities from KTRV in Nampa, Idaho.  UTP greatly benefitted from the new production facilities as it aided in the development on the 360° Studio.

The 360 Studio
A view of the 360 studio before the broadcast.

During the onset of the COVID epidemic, in the late spring of 2020, UTP pivoted and negotiated with stake holders of the Special Event

Center on Boise State’s campus to host virtual events. A large multi-source control room was installed in the former projection booth and cameras and video monitors where added to the auditorium. The SpEC can host Live televised events, Hybrid events and fully Virtual events depending on the client’s needs.

View of the SpEC stage/studio
Talent preparing before the live streaming of Broncoday, 2021.