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At RTV, we’re constantly monitoring news and developments in the virtual tour industry. Check in often for updates and developments in virtual tour technology. As a leading virtual tour company with eight software engineers on staff, we always have some exciting news, tips, and insights to share.

For more information on our virtual tour company, please visit our virtual tour company blog

 

 

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RTV is Awarded Best Virtual Tour Software & National Photo Service!

RealTour Fusion is Here!

Real Tour Fusion is Here

July 12, 2012 – Traverse City, Michigan – RTV, Inc., the oldest and most trusted provider of national photography services and virtual tour software, announced today their new, cutting-edge virtual tour platform. RealTour Fusion (Fusion), which replaces RTV’s extremely popular Tour Builder 4.0, is packed with exciting features that make it easier than ever for anyone to create a stunning, interactive virtual tour.

In addition to making virtual tour building faster and more convenient, Fusion incorporates powerful, intuitive tools that combine hi-resolution still photos, HD panoramic images, and full motion video into captivating interactive virtual media presentations for websites and kiosks, and more. Fusion represents a quantum leap in the virtual tour software industry.

RTV has also delivered these advanced yet easy-to-use virtual tour features:

* An interactive virtual media player that supports all popular image and video formats
* HTML5 Virtual Tour player, viewable on ALL internet ready mobile devices
* Built-in Cloud Recorder for scene-by-scene voice narration
* AutoExposure Engine to send virtual tours to dozens of popular social media, video and real estate websites with a single click
* Four Powerful lead generation tools for greater exposure
* An advanced traffic reporting system allowing users to analyze visitor history

Click here for a full list of Fusion Features

Fusion delivers a truly immersive virtual tour for website visitors. Since 1999, thousands of businesses across all industries-including real estate and rental properties, hotels and motels, vacation properties, museums, health and fitness clubs, convention centers, amusement attractions, and many more-have relied on RTV for the best in virtual tour software. With Fusion, the best just keeps getting better.  Demo Fusion Tours Here

RTV Announces HD Image Delivery Engine

RTV Announces HD Image Delivery Engine

RTV launches new Image Delivery Engine allowing RTV virtual tour providers a quick and simple way to deliver high resolution images directly to their customer base.

The Image Delivery Engine is as simple as pushing a button in the virtual tour manager system and emailing a link to the customer. The new Image Delivery Engine has been programmed to work with both the HD V-Slides and HD V-Tours so all RTV customers may take advantage of the latest developments.

Most RTV virtual tour providers delivering several tours daily to their customers will instantly see several hours of time gained back on a monthly basis.

For a live demonstration on the RTV Image Delivery Engine please watch the following video: http://youtu.be/pIXMXBTQpJ8

All RTV providers are encouraged to login and test drive the new technology today. As always please call us for any questions that you may have.

RTV Releases HTML 5 Virtual Tours for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android & BlackBerry Devices.

RTV Releases HTML 5 Virtual Tours for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android & BlackBerry Devices.

Well you asked for it and we delivered! RTV’s HTML 5 Mobile Tours have officially been released and JUST in time for summer marketing fun. As you know, QR Code popularity is increasing exponentially and as a property marketing specialist you could not ask for a better time than RIGHT NOW for your virtual tours to function on all mobile platforms.

RTV’s Mobile virtual tour means that anyone can point a QR code directly to a virtual tour link and not have to worry about people looking for a special iPad & Smartphone video button anymore! Catch the full story here in our Blog.

Latest Virtual Tour Software Updates for RTV EasyMLS Updates – We have made EasyMLS even easier and faster for our users. Less buttons to click now for both USA and Canadian users. Photographers Creating Orders – By popular demand, you can now permit your virtual tour photographers to place their own orders and create tours from within Fusion. When your virtual tour photographers create a tour, you are given a notification and can keep track of their activity. Photographer Login – We’re very happy to let you know that you can now log directly into your virtual tour photographers account from your master virtual tour system account. This is a HUGE time saver for those of you with a large photography team. Additional Agent / Owner Permissions – When you grant them permission, both agents and owners are now allowed to log into your private labeled login (http://login.BlueLaVaMedia.com) and delete tours. Remember that you will need to grant this permission and it is off by default! Video Ripper Improvements – The video ripper that can be found under the “Video Promotion” section of your virtual tour manager now rips the videos with the audio tracks in the correct order. Consider using the video ripper to create short “Social” videos in addition to your longer YouTube versions. It’s easy and a great money maker! Video Delivery Update – For those of you wishing that you could find a way to easily send your customers your drone video, or home walkthrough video directly through Fusion we are happy to tell you that you can! Check your deliverables section for both your created .mp4 video from our Video Ripper as well as the ability for you to send your customer any videos that you have added into your virtual tour production. Image Delivery Engine Update – We are very happy to let you know that you can now send your virtual tour customers their images in a zip file named one of three ways! Our Image Delivery Engine will now allow you to deliver your images to your customer using your scene sort order, the name you gave your images or you can choose to use your own scene title. Choose your favorite and most convenient naming convention and keep things easy on your customers with these new improvements to the RTV Image Delivery Engine! Virtual Tour Player Updates Improved Tour SEO – We know that the better a tour ranks in the SERPS the more views it will get, so we stand committed to making sure that your tours will get noticed by the search engines. Our new improved Tour Tags and META should give you a noticeable boost in both MacroSEO site and virtual tour ranking. Remember that your tours MUST be linked onto a site with “Follow” tags for the search engine spiders to pick them up and index them. We encourage you all to use the MacroSEO site to help accomplish this and be sure to blog all of your tours. See www.TourGrandTraverse.com for pointers. Thanks for your continued support! Team RTV Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687 The post Virtual Tour Software Updates – Lots of Time Savers & What’s to Come appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Nov 30, 2018
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Hello RTV fans! We’re very excited to roll out several new updates to the Fusion Virtual Tour Software Manager that are outlined below. Most of these updates have already been announced in the Fusion “Latest Changes” log inside your virtual tour manager, but we like to blog about them too just in case you missed any during the busy work week! New Tour Deliverables Section – We are now live with our all new Deliverables section of your virtual tour manager. The new deliverables section offer a better workflow and now allows you to send everything that you might need to send your customer in one (1) email VS two or three. We also reformatted the email that is sent out to your customer making the title of each item more customer friendly and easier to understand. We encourage you to send yourself your virtual tour deliverable links and review the changes that have taken place, so you are prepared to explain the slight changes to your customers. Finally, you will notice that the image compile is faster than before. The image delivery engine will also remind you if you forget to compile your HD image package before you send to your customer. If you update your virtual tour with new images the image delivery engine will also encourage you to re-compile your ZIP file. Lots of goodies here team that help make your life a little easier. New Improved Video Ripper – We have made several updates to our Video Ripper which takes your entire virtual tour production and creates an mp4 video. The new video has added the Agent / Owner contact information in the upper right for the entire video playback VS just having it there in the beginning and in the end. Lots more happening to our video promotion section real soon! See a live demo here – https://youtu.be/G_6aGGW5hMQ Manager Video Player Now HTML 5 – We have fully converted our manager video player to an HTML 5 format for you. You use the manager video player to preview your uploaded videos as well as to choose a video thumbnail. The HTML 5 video player works MUCH better than its flash predecessor! EasyMLS Now HTML 5 – Flash is no longer needed to utilize our EasyMLS feature. We recently made some updates to our EasyMLS system for the USA and Canada. We hope that you are enjoying the time savings this feature presents! New Autumn and Fall based Themes and Home Screen Backgrounds – Several of our providers have been requesting that we add in some themes and home screen backgrounds. We think you’ll love the new home screen backgrounds and themes that we’ve created for you. Enjoy! Panorama Editor Now HTML 5 – In our expedited focus to rid Fusion of all traces of Flash we are proud to announce to you that our Panorama Editor is now 100% HTML 5! The new Panorama editor works much better than the previous flash based version. New HTML 5 Tour Embed Code – The programming team has completely overhauled the way our deliverables section creates your virtual tour embed code. Now you are given three useful options for embedding a virtual tour depending on the situation. You can choose a fully responsive solution, a “Fill the Container” option, or you can manually set a specific height and width in percentage or pixels. It’s quite handy and all in HTML 5! GoDaddy Domain Registration Fixes – Last month the team implemented the new Godaddy API which gives us a bit more control over how we register your single property website domains. The new API, however, fails to set the forwarding and masking all the time at the point of sale which leaves some domains registered but not pointing to your production. The team has now created a queue system which holds the Godaddy connection until we can enable the masking and forwarding successfully. New NTREIS MLS Link – NTREIS (Dallas / Ft. Worth Board of Realtors) recently asked us to change our approved non-branded base URL from https://fusion.realtourvision.com/idx/TOURID to https://idx.realtourvision.com/TOURID Those living in the state of TX will have the NTREIS switch on by default under “Settings” – “Syndication”. Having this switch turned on will give you the new approved NTREIS non-branded link under your SECURE RTV LINKS tab in deliverables. Those in Texas that are not creating tours for the NTREIS MLS can feel free to turn this switch off if they like. Having this switch turned on ONLY changes the non-branded Secure RTV Link in deliverables. The link works exactly the same as the other non-branded link. The only difference is the URL. Our push to convert the remaining Flash components within the Fusion Virtual Tour Manager is nearly complete. We are hoping to take the new HTML 5 Hot Spot Editor and the new HTML 5 Floor Plan Editor live this coming week. Fingers crossed!! Once that is complete the only remaining Flash component of the RTV Fusion Virtual Tour Software Manager will be the Cloud Recorder. It’s been a long two months since we set out to rid Fusion of Flash and we’re nearly finished. We’re very proud to have the support and business of so many successful virtual tour photographers around the world that help us keep the development moving at full speed! Our new “Fusion Themes”, Video Streaming and several other updates are still on track to roll out before 2019 so be sure you stay tuned. Enjoy the new virtual tour software updates! Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687 The post Lot of New Virtual Tour System Updates! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Sat, Nov 10, 2018
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Thanks for checking in here on this beautiful afternoon.  We’ve been announcing updates back in the Fusion virtual tour system nearly every month this year and it’s time that we shoot out an email to you all so those of you that don’t log in much know what’s going on with the dream team over here.  Please review the following video for a full overview: If you would prefer to read through it all, the latest round of updates are below for you. Get ready for a final HUGE push of updates between now and the end of the end of the year. Full motion video streaming (Higher Resolution!!), extreme tour theming with some hidden surprises for you, enhanced customer tour order creation directly off your business website, HTTPS MyBrand Tours, better photographer controls for those of you managing a team, and additional abilities for agents who like to log in and edit their tours.  It’s been a great year and 2019 is only going to be better!  Thanks for your support and dedication to our system! Here’s the skinny –  Fusion Manager Updates: Audio Components Now HTML 5 — All of the audio components in the tour manager (not including cloud recorder) have been converted to HTML 5. The RTV Cloud Recorder is soon to follow!! Still Photos Editor Now HTML 5 — The still photos editor (Ken Burns) has been fully converted to HTML 5 and all flash components have been removed. External Media Duration Enhancement — For those of you that use external media such as Matterport Embed, 4K Video Embed, or 360 video embed you will be happy to know that we have made several updates under the “Settings” tab in Fusion.  You can now control the end users experience better than ever before with how they access your third party media that you have embedded into the Fusion virtual tour. Average Tour Time Fix — We have put a cap on the average tour time to prevent browsers that do not properly close a tour throwing the average viewing time. It is now more accurate than ever before! QR Code Fix on Printable Flyers — The RTV printable flyer templates have been adjusted to accommodate the QR code. It no longer gets covered up by the “Scan” text. Realtor.com — Service to Realtor.com is discontinued and Realtor.com, like Zillow, is only taking virtual tour links directly from MLS boards.  Make sure your customers are putting the non-branded virtual tours onto the MLS! Download Tour Removal — We will be removing the Download tour until further notice as it no longer works without adobe flash.  We do plan on re-writing this feature in the future. Tour Player Updates: Lead Capture Text Change — We have updated the virtual tour lead capture text box with new text stating “Request Additional Information” VS “Please Sign Our Guestbook”  We feel this small textual change will lead to more captured leads. See the latest showcase productions in the RTV virtual tour gallery – https://www.realtourvision.com/tour-gallery.html Log into your Fusion Tour manager now to check things out – https://manage.realtourvision.com Stay tuned RTV fans and family. Enjoy the new tech and we appreciate your continued support! Sincerely, Team RTV! The post Fusion Manager & Tour Updates – Removal of Flash and More appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Sep 25, 2018
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traverse city drone service
New From BlueLaVaMedia (A Traverse City Drone & Photography Service) Interior Drone Fly-Throughs & Professional Headshots (not at the same time) We are very excited to announce our two new service offerings to our loyal customers at BlueLaVaMedia, LLC. Over the past year we have had dozens of requests to capture interior video with our drones and create an elegant HD video walkthrough that can then be played back in our interactive virtual tour player just like we do with our aerial drone footage. We are happy to inform our customers that we are officially offering this new service and it looks amazing! Take a look at our most recent production that includes our advanced HTML 5 virtual tour player, aerial drone still photos and, of course, our all new Interior Drone Fly-Through – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/862074 Our Interior Drone Fly-Through is now available as an add-on for $150 and must be ordered with a BlueLaVaMedia photography or Aerial Drone package. It is currently only available as an “Add-On” but that might change for next year depending on interest level and popularity. Next up on our list of announcements is our new “Professional Headshot” service. It’s no secret that some of the very best portrait, architectural, and wedding photographers in Traverse City work for team BlueLaVaMedia, so it only makes sense for us also to offer real estate headshots at a competitive rate. Our new Professional Headshot services start at $225 for one person and are as low as $100 per person with volume orders. If you’re looking for the most advanced company to work with that is sure to give you the best photos in town with a marketing punch, look no further. BlueLaVaMedia is on track to photograph nearly a thousand homes this year as well as hundreds of vacation rentals and many local businesses. Our product line continues to advance along with our virtual tour software technology and local customer base. Where else can you get all this fantastic stuff under one roof? Visit our real estate pricing page to see our latest service offerings and keep an eye out for more updates from us coming soon! https://www.bluelavamedia.com/pricing/ Thank you for your business and continued support.  Team BlueLaVaMedia Order Traverse City Real Estate Photography and Virtual Tours www.BlueLaVaMedia.com 231-946-1360 The post Traverse City Drone Service is “Flying” Inside! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Sat, Sep 08, 2018
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northern Illinois drone
Our Northern Illinois Drone Service has been in business for about 6 months now. We recently joined the RTV Team after about 3 months of discussion. The delay was due to the fact that we are very focused on the commercial market in the Northern Illinois market. Although we do a lot of real estate photography and video, our target market is helping business market their establishments via ‘new perspectives’. Our services include general Photography, 3D Virtual Tours, Floor Plans, Drone Aerial Imagery, and Website Development. Most recently we add ‘Interactive Mapping’ to our service listing, whereby we provide an interactive map (either Google or image) and provide links to photos, videos, virtual tours, web pages, etc. We are currently developing these maps for cities, resorts, amusement parks, and stadiums. We had developed our own platform to compile different elements for our clients, however there are certain applications where the RTV virtual tour software platform performs perfectly.  Thanks, Mike Mike Ward Cell: 847.343.9286 www.clearskyimagery.com The post More Aerial Drone Services Choose RTV for Virtual Tour Hosting! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Aug 07, 2018
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Aerial Drone Virtual Tour Services
Summer is here and from our end it looks like everyone’s virtual tour numbers are UP UP AND AWAY! This is great and so many of you out there are shifting gears and bringing on new 1099 photographers, aerial drone pilots, and back-end helpers to keep your production lines rolling and virtual tour company humming along. This month we bring you two new pieces that we feel will help you tremendously on that side of your business. The first piece is a Non-Solicit / Non-Compete document that you can feel free to use. What we like about this document is that is never ends so you don’t have to broach the subject more than once with your 1099 employee. The contract renews every time you pay them for one year from that date. It’s also more binding than a typical non-compete document since you must pay them a lump sum to agree to the agreement. This is available now as a stand-alone item in RPM! Next up we have a step by step aerial drone delivery manual. We know that many of you have helpers and this document takes the BlueLaVaMedia drone delivery process and breaks it down step by step to help move the drone videos and still photos from Google Drive into Fusion and finally get delivered to the appropriate listing agent. We even include template emails that are pre-written for you based on different scenarios! This step-by-step manual was originally developed in 2017 and helped BlueLaVa deliver more than 200 aerial drone tours. It was recently updated and modified to accommodate the new Fusion media manager updates and bulk edit features. This will be a great manual to customize and make your own if you have staff that is helping you out during the busy season! Enjoy the new pieces and feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have! Login to RPM today https://www.RockPointeMarketing.com to download. Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services 866-947-8687 The post New From RPM Marketing – Drone Delivery Manual & 1099 Contract appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Jul 03, 2018
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Hello everyone and happy Memorial Day to you all! I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about some very slick virtual tour software updates that have taken place over the last month that will help you save a lot of time on the tour creation process as well as greatly enhance your productions. Log into your RTV tour manager today and take advantage of the following enhancements: New “Latest Changes” log that will keep you up to speed on our development process and updates! 100 brand new music tracks all royalty free and purchased by RTV for you to use in your tour productions. These tracks are FRESH! Single Property Website registration through RTV is now private, and your information is no longer sent to GoDaddy to register the domain name. Say goodbye to unwanted phone calls and emails! All image, video and panorama uploads now take place in our new Media Manager section of the TMS. We have added an AutoName feature too that automatically names all of your images for you. You will also fall in love with our new Bulk Edit feature that allows you to set all of your Ken Burns transitions for you at once. The new media manager also allows you to upload, name and organize all of your media while your it is uploading too to our servers. Some very big time savers here team and we hope you appreciate everything that we are doing to make sure that you stand out in your marketplace, look your best and have more free time in your life. Enjoy the updates everyone and get ready for a battery of virtual tour player updates coming your way over the next five to ten days. You’re going to love what we have coming your way. Have a safe holiday everyone and thank you all so much for your dedication to RTV and brand. Sincerely, Jason & Team RTV The post Lots of RTV System Updates & Happy Memorial Day! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Mon, May 28, 2018
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virtual tour provider facebook ad
Great news from RPM at www.RockPointeMarketing.com team! We are proud to announce our first ever Facebook Ad! This very sleek five images Facebook carousel banner ad comes just in time for a Spring marketing push for your virtual tour company. Show all of the listing agents in your area what a great photographer you are and all of the powerful property marketing tools that your company offers with your photography packages. Stand out from the photographers out there just shooting and delivering with this sleek and elegant looking facebook ad! As with all of our modern RPM marketing pieces, you will need Photoshop to edit this marketing piece. Please feel free to update the graphics with your own photos or feel free to use the ones provided courtesy of team BlueLaVaMedia! We left nothing out on this marketing piece either as ALL of the tiles are pre-written and we even include ready to go text for you to place under each tile as you set up your ad campaign. To download this new marketing piece log into your RockPointMarketing account. If you need any help setting up the ad please feel free to reach out to Jason Stringham at RTV. We are here to help! If you have suggestions for more marketing pieces please drop us a line at marketing(at)realtourvision.com We love suggestions! Enjoy the new marketing piece team! Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software  & Powerful Property Marketing Tools Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687 The post New From RPM Marketing – Professional Photographer & Tour Provider Facebook Ad appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Apr 27, 2018
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professional-real-estate-photography
All too often I see properties listed with pictures that were either taken from a cheap camera or, heaven forbid, a cell phone. I can not stress how incredibly important it is when selling your home to have professional photography. Whether you are listing it For Sale By Owner or with an agent make sure you get professional real estate photography. If you choose to list your house with a real estate agent you should require them to hire a professional photographer that specializes in real estate photography. I would even go as for to say that if your agent is not willing to take on that marketing cost for you it’s time for you to interview a different agent to assist you in selling your home. It’s not 1999 anymore and over the last dozen or so years it has been statistically proven without a doubt that professional real estate photos not only make homes sell faster, but for more money too. Try googling it for yourself and do three minutes of homework here. Try searching for “Professional Real Estate Photography Statistics” It is such a popular search phrase that Google will likely finish it off for you. After only three to five minutes of reading you will see some hard-hitting statistics that have been put out by companies like Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com and more. The facts are the facts here. The two key components to successfully selling a home is Pricing and Marketing. Pricing is first for a reason, no matter how good the pictures are if it is overpriced you WILL sit on it and end up taking less for the property than if you had priced it right. Moreover, when marketing your home, you have to have top-notch real estate photography as this will be every potential buyer’s first impression of the house and quite often be the deciding factor on whether they will set up a showing. Now with all that being said I always hire a professional Traverse City real estate photography team for all my listings. The team over at BlueLaVaMedia does a superb job for not only myself but just about every agent in our office. Just for clarification, I pay for all of my listings photography, drone shoots, virtual tours and interactive media out of my pocket, and this is a cost I absorb even if for some reason your home does not sell. To wrap things up if you are in the market for a new home or need to sell yours, please feel free to reach out to me. All of my contact information can be found on my Traverse City Real Estate Website. If you liked my article and found my real estate photography statistics useful please be sure to come on over and sign up for more of my articles in my Traverse City Realtor Blog. Thanks! Dereck Dykes Century 21 Northland Traverse City Real Estate Agent 231-714-0627 The post Always Hire a Professional Real Estate Photographer! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Mar 13, 2018
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National Photography Service
Do you have what it takes to shoot a high end assisted care center, a five-star hotel or an entire apartment complex? Are your friends, family and customers wooing over your photos and drone videos? Do you have your 107 drone certification with the FAA and are ready to monetize that by aligning yourself with a national drone service company? Are you a good communicator that can follow instructions? If you said yes to several of these, you are likely a perfect match for Real Tour Vision’s Tour Track team. Tour Track is a national photography service. Those of you that are already on the team are likely to have already seen the increased chatter regarding RTV’s national accounts. You have also been receiving more jobs over the last couple of years than ever before from RTV. With a larger Tour Track sales staff here at our global headquarters, we have been securing an increasing number of national accounts. Nearly two thousand jobs were completed last year, and RTV’s job payouts remain some of the highest among Google Certified Photography Agencies. We are not only securing more accounts and teeing up more jobs for our Tour Track team, but we’re also once again taking strides to make the shoot and deliver process even easier for you. This year we are pleased to announce that we have brought on scheduling support for your Tour Track jobs which makes the job completion process SO MUCH EASIER! We will be discussing all this and more on our up and coming Tour Track 2018 webinar. Please join Jason Stringham, Beth Nixon and Bobbi Jo Lawrence on Tuesday February 27th at 7:00 PM Eastern for a full one-hour discussion on what’s new with Google photos shoots, RTV’s T4 program and up and coming Tour Track shoots and processes. See you there team! Those of you that are new to Real Tour Vision and our Tour Track program please visit our Tour Track Orientation page prior to the show – http://www.realtourvision.com/tour-track-info-orientation.html Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7447741410847624707 Sincerely, Team RTV Hotel Photography & Professional Virtual Tours 866-947-8687 The post The IMAGE 60 – Tour Track 2018 appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Feb 02, 2018
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