CTV Program Request Form

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Community TV (Comcast 23, RCN 83, Verizon 1960) time slot request form
(you must scroll down and agree to the following guidelines) 

You must be a current BNN member in order to request air time for your show. Requests made by non members will NOT be processed.
Please contact the BNN Membership department if you are unsure of your membership status: membership@bnnmedia.org or 617-708-3224.

If you have questions about policies, guidelines, or the request process, contact BNN's Playback department.

Community TV Channel Programming Guidelines

  1. Only current BNN members may utilize channel time. Requests of non-members will not be scheduled.
  2. All submitted programs must include a title sequence and end credits. Credits must contain the year that the show was produced. 
  3. Time slot blocks are available in lengths of 27 minutes and 57 minutes in order to accommodate our Community Bulletin Board. Any shows that run over an allotted time slot may be automatically cut off early. 
  4. Single programs must be received before scheduling. Requests for new weekly or bi-weekly series time-slots must be accompanied by at least three episodes.
  5. Single programs may be any length, but more desirable time slots will be available for programs one hour or less. Any show over 90 minutes will only air in the overnight hours.
  6. Series time slots are assigned for a six-month season. There will be an oppertunity to renew your same time slot.  
  7. Weekly Boston-based series will be given a regular weekly repeat slot. Bi-weekly and monthly Boston-based series may also receive a repeat slot, depending on availability.
  8. All pre-recorded series programs must be received at least 3 business days in advance of intended air date. Staff may use its discretion in playing programs received less than three business days in advance, but this is not assured.
  9. The CTV Channel is for current content. Do not submit previously played programming as original programming, or programs older than six months. Series that do not submit new episodes on a frequent basis may be subject to removal from the schedule mid-season. 
  10. In the event that a CTV requester is not able to submit content for their regular series, a request can be made to repeat previously aired content in it’s place. Monthly series are limited to one (1) repeat request per calendar year. Bi-weekly series are limited to four (4) repeat requests per year. Weekly series are limited to six (6) repeat requests per year. Requests can be arranged by emailing the playback department at least 3 business days before the episode is scheduled to air.
  11. All submitted content is deleted and/or discarded 30 days after it first airs. Arrangements can be made in advance with the playback department to pick up DVDs. Do not submit your only copy of a program.
  12. All requesters must be familiar with and adhere to these policies and guidelines, including content provisions for late-night scheduling of mature content, prohibition of commercial content or illegal content (such as obscenity or libel), and restrictions on political advocacy in the three days before an election.
  13. By requesting channel time you agree that your programming may be further distributed by BNN, such as through webstreaming.

Technical and formatting requirements for show delivery:

  • Submit your program on DVD or data disc (or other digital media as arranged with and approved by staff).
  • DVDs may contain multiple episodes, but this must be indicated on the DVD label. Disc must be clean, unscratched and provided in a protective case. 
  • Each disc must be labeled with full program title (no abbreviations), episode #, requester name & phone #, and scheduled playback date (no other dates)

  • We are able to download files from external sources such as Pegmedia, MassAccess, Dropbox, Google Drive and others. Contact joconnor@bnnmedia.org to discuss options.
  • We accept most modern video file formats, but highly suggest h.264 or mpeg2. We may need to convert your files to be compatible with our playback server, which may reduce the quality of your file.
  • Preferred HD file specifications are - codec: H.264, file extension: .mp4, resolution: 1920x1080, frame rate: 29.97 (constant), audio codec: AAC, sample rate: 48000khz
  • Preferred SD file specifications are - codec: mpeg2, file extension: .mpg or .mpeg, resolution: 720 x 480 or 720 x 486, frame rate: 29.97 (constant), audio codec: mpeg, sample rate: 48000khz

Be aware that programs may not play if any of these requirements are not met.
We will contact you in advance if there is a problem with your disc.