Produce

CATV Exists to Empower the People

We are committed to promote free speech, civic engagement, artistic expression, and public dialog by enabling easy access to the expanding & ever-changing media world.

You don’t have to move away or spend thousands of dollars on filmmaking equipment —there’s video equipment and a community here to support your work.  Content you create can go on CATV’s cables and stream on www.catv8.org. If you want to have a broader distribution, CATV is part of NH & VT media exchanges.

Produce a Studio Show

CATV now offers two studio production options at our Media Lab in the Hartford Area Career & Technology or at the Briggs Opera House.  Contact CATV to discuss your studio show needs and to schedule studio time.

Audio-Video Equipment Lending Library

If you reside in one of CATV’s coverage towns, you are welcome to borrow A/V equipment at no cost to produce projects that can broadcast/stream on CATV.

  1. Pre-visualize what you want to create; the equipment, crew, and resources you might need; and when you aim to film.
  2. Consult with CATV staff to discuss your project, any training, and equipment you will need. Call during office hours at (802) 359-4705 or email: info@catv8.org
  3. Indicate the dates you want to reserve equipment.
  4. Bring your driver’s license or passport. When lending equipment, CATV needs to copy your official ID, and get your current address, phone number and your signature on a promise to abide by the lending library rules.

Who is eligible?

Residents of CATV’s service area have full access to facilities and equipment at no charge.  2021 service area includes:  Hartford, Hartland and Norwich VT and Hanover NH

Residents of neighboring towns are welcome to join CATV as individuals or organizations.  Call (802) 359-4705 or email info@catv8.org to learn more.  Members benefit from full access to our facilities and equipment.

Are there any restrictions on what I can make?

All content must be noncommercial according to FCC regulations for public media.  For example, you can make a music video for your friend’s band and say, “Go to this website for more information,” but you cannot actively solicit funds by saying, “Buy their album for $9.95.”  (Exceptions exist for nonprofit causes. Consult with CATV executive director before filming.)

Keep It Tight:  G-rated shows and shows either just under 30 minutes or just under 1 hour in length get aired more frequently.  It’s got to fit and be fitting to get the best broadcast slots.

Do It Right:  Shows must be submitted with completed Show Production Agreement and Image-Audio Releases from any on-air talent.

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.