Local Media > Access Programming > Access Q&A's
- What is Public Access Television all about?
- What kinds of programs can I produce?
- How do I get a program onto the Public Access Channel?
- If the Cablevision system in my area provides Production Facilities, how does one go about using them to produce my program?
- How do I enroll in a Cablevision training workshop?
- What if I have a program that I would like aired on the Access Channel but I don't live in Cablevision's Service Area?
- What else should I know as a Public Access Producer?
- Why are you changing the process?
- Will the lottery be fair?
- Can I still apply for more than one time slot?
- What if my application was lost in the mail?
- May I fax an application?
- How will I be notified of my time slot?
- What happens when the channel is full?
- What if none of my requested air times are available when my application is picked?
Q. What is Public Access Television all about?
A. It is your opportunity, as a resident of Cablevision's cable franchise area, to produce or cablecast non-commercial programming.
Q. What kinds of programs can I produce?
A. Documentaries, interviews, drama, art... anything that concerns or is of interest to the people in your community.
Q. How do I get a program onto the Public Access Channel?
A. The procedure for this is quite simple: Read the Access Rules and the Policies & Procedures. You must first agree to accept the responsibilities contained in these documents. Then, when you have decided when you would like your program to run, contact your local Access Department to obtain an Access User Application, Access User Contract and a specially marked envelope. Fill out the Access User Application, sign the Access User Contract and return them both to your local Access Department in the specially marked envelope. Do not send an application without first obtaining the application kit and specially marked envelope. Submit these pieces together with a clean copy of your program for review. If you have further questions please call to make an appointment, and we will be glad to meet with you.
Q. If the Cablevision system in my area provides Production Facilities, how does one go about using them to produce my program?
A. If the Cablevision system in your area provides Production Facilities, in order for a resident of Cablevision Service Area to use any of these facilities, such resident must first become a "Qualified Access User" by successfully passing a competency exam which measures your understanding of the use of Cablevision's Production Facilities. You may take the exam based upon your prior experience or after the completion of training in a workshop sponsored by Cablevision or another cable operator. For your convenience, Cablevision provides training workshops throughout the year to qualify potential users.
Q. How do I enroll in a Cablevision training workshop?
A. Call or write for an Access Training Course Application. Once we receive your completed Application, your name will go on a waiting list. Please be prepared to allow up to four to six weeks prior to the commencement of our next training session. The training workshops meet on various days at various times. The more flexible your schedule is, the sooner you will be contacted. If you already know someone who is an Access User, it would benefit you to visit our facility with them, so they may help acquaint you with our Procedures and Policies.
Q. What if I have a program that I would like aired on the Access Channel but I don't live in Cablevision's Service Area?
A. If you would like your Access Program aired on an Access Channel serving Cablevision's Service Area you must find a franchise area resident, or "sponsor," who lives within Cablevision's Service Area. This "sponsor" will be responsible for executing and abiding by all of the terms of the Access User Application and Contract. Cablevision shall only deal with the "sponsor" who, for all purposes, shall be considered the Applicant.
Q. What else should I know as a Public Access Producer?
A. Your success in producing a show for Public Access is dependent upon your commitment of time and energy towards reaching that goal. Patience and time spent with veteran access users and producers will pay off in helping you to become proficient with Cablevision's facilities and equipment. Publications and books on TV production are readily available and are recommended reading for anyone wishing to become a successful Public Access User.
Please feel free to make an appointment to meet with us if you have any questions. Additionally, you may call or write to the Cablevision Access Supervisor in your area for more information or an Access Training Course Application.
Q. Why are you changing the process?
A. Cablevision, in its effort to make the Public Access experience a more positive one, is constantly looking for ways to improve our administration of Public Access and streamline the process.
Q. Will the lottery be fair?
A. Yes. All valid applications received in accordance with our procedures will be drawn on a completely random basis, and scheduled as per the applicants first, second or third request accordingly.
Q. Can I still apply for more than one time slot?
A. Yes. Any additional air slot requests for the same program will be considered only after all first requests have been scheduled.
Q. What if my application was lost in the mail?
A. Unfortunately, Cablevision cannot be responsible for applications lost, delayed or damaged in the U.S Mail.
Q. May I fax an application?
A. Sorry, you may only send an application via U.S. Mail. In-person, faxed or emailed applications will NOT be accepted.
Q. How will I be notified of my time slot?
A. We will contact you by phone or mail regarding the outcome of your application.
Q. What happens when the channel is full?
A. When the channel is full, your application will be held in the order it was pulled in the lottery, and you will be contacted and offered a time slot should one open up. If none open up, you will need to resubmit your program for the subsequent 26-week cycle.
Q. What if none of my requested air times are available when my application is picked?
A. We will attempt to contact you via phone so that you can choose one of the remaining available time slots.