Frequently Asked Questions
Is EBCTV the same as the Cable Company (Comcast)?
No! EBCTV is a not-for-profit (501 (c) (3)) corporation, charged with overseeing local access, governmental, and educational programming on cable channels 9 and 58. EBCTV is governed by a Board of Directorswhich is made up entirely of East Bridgewater residents. EBCTV has no say or influence over cable rates or reception issues.
Who develops the programs seen on EBCTV?
Local Access is "Do-it-yourself" TV. It’s the electronic version of Freedom of Speech. If you live in East Bridgewater or belong to a non-profit organization based in East Bridgewater or operate a business based in East Bridgewater, you can become a member, and begin producing your own programs. The EBCTV staff will help you get started, by teaching you how to use the equipment. As a producer, you'll have to put together your own crew, but we can provide you with a list of volunteers and other members.
Can I Do a show about anything?
With few exceptions, yes. Invasion of Privacy, insurrection against the United States Government, Libel and Slander, Commercial use or use of a lottery are not allowed. Programming ideas are only limited by your imagination. You can do a show based on your interests, hobbies, community concerns...... virtually anything. EBCTV does not censor material created by independent producers. People thinking about creating a show must read EBCTV's Policies & Regulations in its entirety, and should pay special attention to the section pertaining to prohibitions and clearances.
How can I get a copy of an EBCTV program?
All we ask is a $25 donation and we can make a copy to VHS tape or DVD for you. If you provide your own blank media (i.e a DVD or VHS Tape) then the cost is only $20 dollars. In this situation, be sure to attach your name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program you want recorded, to the tape or DVD and drop it off to us at our studio (inside EBHS, across the hall from the school library) or in our mailbox at Town Hall.) It is best to call first to be sure we still have the original tape of the program. Municipal Meetings are saved in our archive for a maximum of one calendar year due to limited storage.
How can I get an announcement on the Community Bulletin Board?
Just mail, fax, e-mail or send via the web your information and we'll have it on the channel as soon as possible! Or, you can drop it off in our mailbox inside Town Hall. (It's marked "Cable Access Corporation.)Our mailing address is 175 Central Street, E. Bridgewater, MA 02333.Our fax number is 508-378-4201. Our e-mail address is CBB@ebctv.org.
What are your hours of operation?
We are generally open Monday through Friday 1:00pm to 9:00pm, although because our staff is often covering meetings and supervising location shoots, it's best to call ahead at 508-378-4298 to make sure we'll be in the office.