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Public Access Television

Who We Are

Evanston Access TV is a publicly funded cable channel. Our primary goal is to empower individuals and groups in the community to produce programs by, for, and about the community of Evanston. Evanston Access TV provides basic production equipment, airtime on Comcast Channel 6 (AT&T Channel 99), and access to our TV studio for the sole purpose of producing programming for Channel 6.

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How to Become a Member

Membership is free and exclusively for Evanston residents (Zip codes 60201 and 60202). To become a member, residents must request an appointment time via an email to channel6@cityofevanston.org. Appointments will be held at our office, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Our office is located on the 4th floor, room 4803. All applicants must bring proof of residency (e.g., current utility bill) and a valid state-issued ID. Applicants must also fill out and sign a membership form that will be provided by City staff.

New Membership Registration: (appointment only)
Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 5pm, Fridays: from 10am to 3pm

Age restrictions:

Although there is no minimum age restriction for membership, residents under the age of 18 years must have a Parental/Guardian Consent and Financial Liability Form on file. And will only be permitted to check out equipment or use production facilities when accompanied by the adult who co-signed the aforementioned liability form.

Non-residents:

If you do not live in the City of Evanston and wish to broadcast your show on Channel 6, you must send an email to channel6@cityofevanston.org requesting airtime. City staff will review your request, and may or may not grant you airtime depending on your content’s relevancy to the Evanston community. Non-residents who are granted airtime on Channel 6 will not be allowed to use the TV studio or check out production equipment.

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Public Access TV Hours for Members

Program submissions:
Daily, 24 hours (online)

Public Access staff communications (email only):
Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm
Please send all questions and requests to channel6@cityofevanston.org

Equipment checkouts (appointment only):
Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 5pm
Fridays from 10am to 3pm

Equipment returns:
Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm
Fridays from 10am to 2pm

TV studio hours:
Mondays: closed
Tuesdays: 1:00pm-3:30pm, 5:00pm-7:30pm
Wednesdays: 11:00am-1:30pm, 3:00pm-5:30pm
Thursdays: 11:00am-1:30pm, 3:00pm-5:30pm
Fridays: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Saturdays: 1 slot between 9:00am and 2:30pm (2.5 hrs. duration)
Sundays: closed

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Evanston Access TV Membership Manual (Rules, Technical Data, Penalties)

Click here to view the latest version of our Membership Manual.

FAQs:

How  do I render a video file for playback on Channel 6?
See page 03 of the Evanston Access Membership Manual.

How do I submit a show to be aired on Evanston Access TV ?
See page 02 of the Evanston Access Membership Manual.

How do I reserve production equipment?
See page 03 of the Evanston Access Membership Manual.

How do I reserve studio time? 
See page 04 of the Evanston Access Membership Manual.

What type of media storage device do I need to record my show? 
In order to record your data in the TV studio, you will need a USB drive with at least 4GB of free space. If you plan on using a portable camera, you will need an SD card (class 10 or higher) with at least 8GB of free space.

Does Evanston Access TV  offer production classes? 
No, Evanston Access TV does not offer classes.

Does Evanston Access TV  provide video editing equipment? 
No, Evanston Access TV does not have video editing equipment.

What happens if I do not turn in a show that I recorded using Evanston Access equipment? 
Members who do not submit a show within 30 days after taking production equipment or using the studio for the 3rd  consecutive time will not be allowed to use the studio or any production equipment until this specific show is submitted for airing on Channel 6. See page 05 of the Evanston Access Membership Manual for additional penalties.

Can I call or stop by Evanston Access TV office to make a studio or equipment reservation? 
No. All communications must be made via email to channel6@cityofevanston.org.

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