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The main similarity between public access and public broadcasting is that both are non-commercial. However, unlike public broadcasting; public access television is television programming for the community, made by members of the community. Public access is a way for everyday people to create television programs that allow them to express their ideas and beliefs without fear of censorship.

The first step is to attend an Orientation Session. These free sessions are held the first Monday of the month at 2:00 pm. Please check out our Getting Started page or call 336-373-1100 for more information.

We do not charge for channel time. Our Membership fee of $125.00/year The fee is for administrative costs associated with cablecasting programs.

Actually, we don’t. Greensboro Community Television plays what we receive. Any citizen of Guilford County, NC can submit a program for cablecast once they have paid their yearly membership fee. The majority of what you see on Channel 8 has been produced by a community member just like yourself! So if you see a program on Cable 8, someone who lives in Greensboro or Guilford County has requested that it be shown.

No, we don’t. The great thing about public access is that you don’t have to worry about censorship. You can express any political, religious or entertainment point of view and it will be cablecast on Channel 8. Now, this does come with some limitations. Cable 8 is a non-commercial station, so we cannot show anything that is commercial in nature–this includes asking for donations of any goods or services. We cannot show anything that is illegal…no pornography, pyramid schemes, underage drinking or drug use. You cannot commit libel or slander, or invade personal privacy. If you have any questions about content, please contact us, and we will do our best to answer your specific questions.

There are many reasons. The main one, however, is that the programming that you see on Channel 8 is made on lots of different equipment. The variances in the quality of the camera makes a huge impact in the way a program looks. The lighting (or lack thereof) may make a program look over exposed or dark and grainy. The audio will vary greatly depending on the conditions it was recorded under, and if the producer used an external microphone or the camera microphone.

The experience levels of our producers vary from novice to professional, and this of course affects the final product. Most of our producers are not professionals, and produce these programs in their spare time. They concentrate on the message, not the medium. This does sometimes make for a less than perfect look or sound, but all programs do meet our technical standards.

Deliver your recorded show to GCTV’s Dropbox in this format:

Video codec: H.264 HIGH profile, up to level 4.0

  • 1920 x 1080 (29.97 or 30 fps, interlaced or
  • progressive)
  • 1280 x 720 (59.94 or 60 fps, progressive)
  • 720 x 480 (29.97 or 60 fps, interlaced or
  • progressive)
  • Constant and variable video bitrate
  • encoding up to 10 Mb/s
  • Chroma sampling: 4:2:0

Each producer/Member is eligible for a twenty-eight minute time slot, and this program may be repeated during a one-week period. Cable 8 defines our “week” as Sunday through Saturday. Programs are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. No producer may play a program more than twice (one premier, and one replay.) Any other plays (further replays) are strictly at the discretion of Cable 8 based on (1) the availability of time slots; and (2) the need to avoid monopolization or relative over-utilization of the channel.

Some producers are interested in producing a regular program to be shown at the same time each week on Cable 8. We offer series contracts for those producers. Cable 8 does require that series producers become Members of our organization. You must also prove proficiency. (This means having produced and cablecast two programs in the format of your series…two talk shows if your series is a talk show.) Each contract is for a one year period. Drawings are held for the time-slots in December. Please contact our office for more information.

We cannot run commercial advertisements. Because of the way our franchise contract was written, we cannot have any kind of advertising for goods or services, or requests for donations of any kind on our channel. If you were to do so, it would put our non-profit status in danger.

Our rules state that you must live within the confines of Guilford County in order to play a program on Cable 8. All programs must be sponsored by a resident.

We receive a portion of the taxes that are collected from your cable bill. This money is collected by the state of NC, and a very small percentage is then distributed to the public access facilities in the state. This pays for about half of our operations budget. The rest of our funding comes from user fees, video production, grants and other forms of fundraising. Actually, we usually have quite a shortfall in our budget. Any contributions are always greatly appreciated, and are most always tax deductible.

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