SATV FAQ

SATV Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is SATV?
  2. Who is SATV for?
  3. How can I get a show on SATV?
  4. What does it cost to produce a show on SATV?
  5. Can I make money off of my show?
  6. Can I use SATV’s equipment or facilities for my own personal interests?
  7. Can I use my own equipment to produce my show?
  8. How do I get an announcement on the bulletin board?
  9. Can I use music or video from other sources in my show?
  10. Can SATV cover my event?
  11. On what channel, and in what areas will my show play?
  12. How do I get a time slot on the schedule?
  13. How do I get a copy of an SATV program?
  14. If I don’t have time to do a regular series, what are my options?

Answers
What is SATV?

Salem Access Television is the City of Salem’s Public Access TV Station – it exists due to an agreement between the city’s cable provider and the communities it serves. Public access programming is community programming on cable TV. It gives members and organizations of the community the opportunity to write, produce, direct, and perform in their own programs. SATV offers local expression through public access TV. SATV’s channels feature programs which are produced locally by members, SATV staff and other professionally produced programs. SATV provides members of the community with the necessary training, equipment, and use of facilities to produce TV programs.

Who is SATV for?

Anyone who lives in Salem, non profit organizations and other organizations located in Salem, full time Salem State students, businesses located in Salem.

How can I get a show on SATV?

Producing a show for an SATV channel begins with joining SATV as a member and taking our free classes. Throughout these class sessions, members can become a certified Public access equipment user. The classes cover the basic elements of TV production: camera_operation, lighting, audio, directing, studio switching, field shooting, editing, and more. The classes, channel time, and use of SATV equipment are free for members working on projects through SATV.

What TV shows are seen on public access?

Any programming protected by the First Amendment which is NOT commercial, libelous, slanderous or obscene in nature may be shown on public access. These programs include interviews, panel discussions, sports, documentaries, performances, politics, religion, education, entertainment and many other types of programs.

What does it cost to produce a show on SATV?

There is no cost to use SATV’s facilities or field equipment for active SATV members. Members only have to purchase their own sd cards, dvds, dv tapes etc.

Can I make money off of my show?

No, members cannot make any profits from their public access TV shows and productions. Members are prohibited from using SATV’s public access equipment and facilities on projects which can generate revenue.

Can I use SATV’s equipment or facilities for my own personal interests?

No, members may not use public access equipment or facilities for their own interests, even if they generate no revenue. SATV’s equipment and facilities are provided for members to use in producing their public access programming exclusively. They are not intended for use in family videos, birthday parties, weddings, advertisements, or other personal videos.

Can I use my own equipment to produce my show?

Yes, members may use their own equipment to produce their show. The final compression, or_dvd must be in an acceptable format for playback on any access channel. Acceptable formats need to be discussed with SATV’s Program Director or any SATV staff member.

How do I get an announcement on the bulletin board?

The Community Bulletin Board airs on channels 3, 15 and 22 between programs. It features announcements by nonprofit organizations about upcoming events and programs. Postings are FREE to non-profit groups. To have your bulletin posted you can do one of two things:

Send us an email with BULLETIN BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT as the subject.
Print out this form [pdf] and bring the information to our offices at 285 Derby Street, or fax it to 978-740-4499.

Can I use music or video from other sources in my show?

As a certified access user, you assume the responsibility for the content of your show. Therefore, you are responsible for acquiring permission to use anything from other sources in your show – whether it is music, video, photographs, etc.

Can SATV cover my event?

Contrary to popular belief, SATV staff does not simply go out and videotape events at will in order to have programming to air on our channels. We provide the training and facilities for the public to use. So, if you have an event you’d like to see on SATV, you should get a group of volunteers together and learn to use the equipment in order to cover the event and produce your own video. The only cost associated with doing this would be your time involved and the workshop time. The use of the facilities and the equipment is free.

On what channel, and in what areas will my show play?

The program director determines on what channel your show will be played. Your address is used to make this determination, along with other factors. Therefore, the town you live in generally determines on what channel and where your show will be played.

How do I get a time slot on the schedule?

When your first show is completed, you will hand in the master tape for playback to the SATV program director. In addition, you will fill out a playback form. This form indicates to the public access coordinator and the traffic coordinator who you are and what your show is about. It also serves as your permission for us to play your tape over the air. Once your tape has been viewed by the access coordinator and approved for airing, the program director will select an available and appropriate time slot, based on the information related on the playback form. Once your show has been given a time slot, you will keep that time slot, unless the program director has a scheduling conflict, or if you fail to turn in your shows in a timely fashion. Time slots can also be revoked if you lose your access privileges for other reasons.

How do I get a copy of an SATV program?

If you want to get a copy of a program you have seen on SATV, you can request a dub by e-mailing our program director. Be sure to include the title of the program and date, your name, and a phone number you can be reached. We will call you when the tape is ready to be picked up. The dubbing fee is $15.

If you have produced a program for air on SATV and want to keep a copy, there are three basic ways to get a copy of your program:

Use your own tape for your edited master.
Copy the program off the air when it is shown.
Request a dub.

NOTE: MAKING YOUR OWN COPY IN THE EDITING SUITE OR ELSEWHERE IN THE FACILITY IS NOT PERMITTED. 

If I don’t have time to do a regular series, what are my options?

If the possibility of a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly series is too demanding on you or your available time, then we have several options. If your show idea could be produced in a single program, you can submit it as such. It will be scheduled as a special program, receiving no more than 4 total airings – and perhaps only one airing, depending on schedule availability. Another option within the realms of special programming is a mini-series. You can produce a series of at least 2 and no more than 12 installments, and submit it as such. In similar fashion, it will be scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the dates and times which it will be aired.

Disclaimer

This document is not an official representation of the rules and regulations of public access, nor is it inclusive of FCC regulations. It is meant to be an informative tool.