From the earliest days of cable broadcasting, municipalities have required cable companies to provide one or more dedicated TV channels to be used for public service functions. Starting at the County level and working down through the City level to the Town level, most municipalities have written this cable access into their franchise agreements with the cable companies. Your City or Town may already have a channel set aside for any one or all of the uses below.
Public access channels are available for use by the general public. They are usually administered either by the cable operator or by an independent citizen public access group.
Educational access channels are used by educational institutions for educational programming. Often, multiple channels have been set aside for universities, public schools, and the Board of Education.
Governmental access channels are used for programming by local governments. In most jurisdictions, the local governments directly controls these channels. A well-managed government channel can significantly benefit the citizens by providing access to public meetings on both a live and re-broadcast basis.
We are the Middle Atlantic Area leader in design and integration of Public-Educational-Government (PEG) video facilities. By combining products from our industry partners such as Tightrope Media ™, Ross Video ™, Blackmagic Design ™ and others, we deliver individual broadcast solutions to a host of municipalities.
Here is a sample of PEG customers:
These clients have video links that highlight our services.
On June 25, 2014, the City of Baltimore launched CharmTV. With a mission to creatively deliver content that spotlights the essence of Baltimore, our network expands cable programming beyond government access and transparency programming to include a new prime-time block of programming that can be viewed online and on-air. With this 24-hour focus on Baltimore City using cable television and new media, CharmTV affectionately lives up to its name.
Our network is quickly emerging as the go-to destination for video-centric content about Baltimore City.
PGCC TV is an award-winning educational access channel operated by Prince George’s Community College and available to more than 750,000 cable subscribers in Maryland. PGCC TV has one of the newest and largest high-definition production facilities in the Washington metropolitan area. The television studio houses a state-of-the-art master control room with theater-style seating; high-definition studio with a 24 x 14 feet Chroma Key green screen; digital audio booth; a custom designed news set donated by NBC4; and multiple non-linear digital editing workstations. A staff of highly experienced television professionals in the college’s Video Systems & Multimedia Productions department, oversees all aspects of the cable station from program concept development and video production to editing and in-house graphics. The staff produces original television programs and provides video production and multimedia services for all departments within the college.