CATV Exists to Empower the People

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

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on expensive filmmaking equipment—there’s video equipment here, waiting for anyone and everyone in the community to use, 100% free.

You don’t have to blow tons of money on a four-year film school—CATV has staff whose job it is to teach you how to produce a show, 100% free.

You don’t have to schmooze with TV network executives to get your show to play on television—everything you make goes on either CATV’s public channel or arts and education channel, and on If you want to have a broader distribution, CATV is part of NH & VT media exchanges.

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Who is eligible?

Anyone and everyone with a mailing address within our service area that includes:

Hanover, Hartford, Hartland and Norwich

If you live outside of the CATV service area, no worries. You can become a member to benefit from our facilities and equipment lending library.

  • Individual membership – $40/year
  • Non-profit Organization – $150/year

Note that these are calendar year memberships. Sorry, no cost pro-ration if you join later in the year…we’re a desperately underfunded non-profit.

Are there any restrictions on what I can make?

All content must be noncommercial. So you can make a music video for your friend’s band, and at the end you can say, “Go to this website for more information,” but you can’t say, “Buy their album for $9.95″—you cannot actively solicit funds. (With the exception of nonprofit causes, but first you’ll want to have a conversation with the executive director.)

Keep It Tight: The G-rated shows, and show durations that come in just under 30 minutes or just under 1 hour get aired more frequently.  It has got to fit, and it has to be fitting to get best air slots.

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

Produce a Studio Show

CATV’s mission is to make sure everyone has access to lift their voices. So it is a fairly easy process to create an in-studio show because the CATV crew will assist you as your production crew.  BUT if you want to learn all aspects of studio production, we are happy to train you and your team of volunteers. Either option, please call CATV to consult on your studio show needs and to schedule studio time. Note that there are very few evening times available, so plan ahead.

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 will air on CATV.  Note that the end result should be an airable show that you provide to the media center.

  1. Know what you want to record. Do pre-production coordination, so it is clear to CATV staff what you are trying to accomplish and the dates you need equipment.
  2. Consult with the CATV equipment coordinator to discuss your project, any training and equipment you will need. Call during office hours at (802) 359-4705.
  3. Indicate the exact dates you want to reserve equipment. Limit your reservation to a few days. There is high demand for equipment, especially on weekends and around film competitions.
  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.

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.