Clear your calendar, we’re having a party! Cambridge Community Television's Member Advisory Committee is throwing a party to celebrate the fabulous members our our public access center. Have you always wanted to boogie with that guy who does the funny BeLive? Or that girl who always seems to be on channel 9? They will all be at CCTV on Saturday, March 4th 2006 from 6-9pm. Don’t be scared, come and meet fellow members face to face!
Good news and bad came from Capitol Hill in December. The Good: the House Energy and Commerce Committee postponed its plan to push for a vote on telecom reform before the end of the year. The Bad: Senator Jim DeMint introduced an anti-franchising bill, the Digital Age Communications Act, or DACA.
What started as a bi-partisan effort to re-write the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has quickly broken down along party lines, with Democrats in the House of Representatives accusing the Republican committee leadership of ignoring Democrats’ concerns and suggestions. A hearing in November on the second version of the House bill featured criticism from the Alliance for Community Media, the Consumers Union, and NATOA (the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors), as well as from many committee members. Various versions of bills are being discussed, all intended to ease the rapid deployment of broadband services.
We've been looking at a number of alternative media distribution techniques for our programming here at CCTV and one of the most promising has turned up in the shape of RSS. Selected video programming has been available on our web site for a while now, and our live webstream carries programming from our local Channel 9 24/7, but the RSS method brings along more opportunties to distribute our programming to a wider audience.
RSS, Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, depending on what you believe, is a method of publishing recent content entries on many contemporary web sites which can be posted automatically to countless sources by an simple aggregation script. In short, stories from CCTV have the potential to automatically appear on other sites without contacting the web administrator.
Although many democracies around the world use some form of proportional representation to elect their political leaders, Cambridge is one of a very few communities in the US that does so. CCTV recently produced a program that sheds light on this unique facet of living in Cambridge.
Whether you are a voter, a candidate for office, or part of a constituency seeking an increased voice through the election process, “The People’s Guide to Voting in Cambridge” will help you understand how to make the most of your right to vote. Election auditor George Goverman and election analyst Robert Winters, author of the Cambridge Civic Journal, help us understand the finer points of electing and getting elected in Cambridge. Check CCTV’s Program Schedule for the dates and times this hour-long program plays on Cable Channels 9 and 10.
Cambridge Community Television has been selected as a Massachusetts 2005 Catalogue for Philanthropy charity. This year’s edition of the Catalogue profiles 72 of Massachusetts' outstanding environmental, cultural, and human service agencies as "examples of excellence" in Massachusetts philanthropy. Cambridge Community Television was chosen from a total applicant pool of over 250 organizations.
Pass the Robitussin! The Slow Motion Video Festival will be dragging its tortoise-like feet across the east coast for three spellbinding dates and will visit Cambridge Community Television on Dec 4 from 8-10PM (+/- a ten minute intermission). If you don't already know, you can find us on Prospect St in Central Square, doors will open at 8PM and admission is free with a recommended 3 dollar donation.
SLOMO VIDEO is a unique creative collaboration of video artists and filmmakers from around the world. We put out an open call on the internet for submissions in April 2005 and accepted video works of slow motion, exactly one minute in length. The submissions have been honed down to the best 120 and the theatrical experience of so many slow motion pieces has been compared to full-on zen state... imagine an audience mesmerized by essential moments of reality that we rarely "see" because our eyes and mind don't flicker that fast. This project dives into the global epidemic of hastiness with the desire to pause and examine reality in its primitive bare units.
Read more for the full festival details, and check out their website: http://www.slomovideo.com
Cambridge Community Television takes the top prize, the Overall Achievement in Public Access award, at the ACM-NE Fall Video Festival in October. The festival honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access or Local Origination (LO), cable television channels.
Winners were announced and the producers here at CCTV won 8 awards! Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, initiate community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats and move viewers to experience television in different ways. Members of CCTV have placed at the top year after year and this time was no exception! Read more to see who won...
[image:171 width=150 align="left" hspace=3 border=1]On October 17th, Cambridge Community Television had a 'Brown Out' on its channels and web site to draw attention to three bills pending in Congress that threaten the current telecommunications regulatory structure. A program taped that day, "Brown Out: The Threats to Public Access," was moderated by CCTV Board President Joe Douillette, and features Congressman Michael Capuano, cable consultant Rika Welsh, and a studio audience. The program is a timely look at how changes in technology dictate public policy. In the first section viewers are provided with a brief history of public access television, and an explanation of the bills. In the final segment, the tables are turned as the studio audience discusses the need for everyone to take action to ensure that local Public, Educational and Governmental access channels are protected.
Read more to learn the schedule on our channels or see some photos from the day's event.
Three dangerous bills have recently been filed in Congress. Each bill seeks to amend the Telecommunications/Cable Acts of 1984, 1992, and 1996 by removing or greatly weakening the requirement for video service providers to obtain franchises from cities and towns. The franchise fees paid by Comcast to the City of Cambridge provide the primary source of funding for CCTV's operations, as well as those of Municipal TV8 and new Cambridge Educational Access channels 95 and 98.
This means that services and support for local media producers, as well as opportunities to represent your views and interests on cable television, are directly threatened.
CCTV will be covering the election count from the Senior Center TONIGHT with a taped delay starting at 10 PM on Channel 9. Up-to-the minute results will scroll across the screen as panelists Glenn Koocher (former School Committee member), Matt DeBergalis (founder of ActBlue.com), Trellis Stepter (Chair of the Cambridge Democratic City Committee), Libby DeVecchi (former state president of Mass. Democratic Future/The Young Democrats of Massachusetts), Kathleen Born (former City Councilor) and Barbara Ackerman (former Mayor), are joined by others as the ballots are counted.