As mentioned briefly in Our History statement, Boxford Cable Access Television Corporation's (BCATv) primary activity is to provide an infrastructure and technical expertise necessary to enable the residents of Boxford to create, produce and broadcast their own video presentations on Boxford Public Access Channel 10.
Currently 100% of our time is devoted to achieving this goal. Our funding is through our cable television provider, COMCAST, and soon to be Verizon, which ultimately charges each of their customers a surcharge based on a fixed percentage of the cable portion of their bill every month.
BCATv has designed and installed a state of the art automated broadcast studio with two DVD playback carousels holding 400 DVDs each controlled by a computerized scheduling system.
In addition to the playback equipment located at Boxford Town Hall, BCATv has created five "Studios in a Bag", which are fully functioning, single camera setups with a multi channel audio mixer and several microphones. All equipment is battery operated and totally portable for remote location use, such as a sporting event, nature walk, indoor/outdoor concert, public meeting, school room project, on location news cast, etc.
Post production work, such as editing content from a mini-dv tape and creating a finished DVD, is supported by two computer editing systems located in the studio at Boxford Town Hall. Installed on these computers is consumer friendly video editing software that is easy to use while producing high quality finished DVD's.
BCATv has friendly staff trained that is readily available to assist local producers free of charge. We also maintain a calendar of upcoming events, which any member can sign up to tape on a first come, first served basis. This calendar is updated several times a week and it's easy to request an event by email or by completing the Community Feedback form on our website.
Through a network of unpaid volunteers and contract labor, BCATv has provided the cable television subscribers of Boxford with 125 hours of public access event broadcasts and 43 hours of Community Bulletin Board notices each week between January 1, 2006 and August 31, 2006.
With the addition of a second channel on September 2006, BCATv has increased the hours to 182 hours of public access event broadcasts and 154 hours of Community Bulletin Board notices each week.
BCATv also maintains a public web site, http://www.BoxfordCableTv.com, for easy access by the general public to view notices, as well as more detailed access by registered members of BCATv.