NCTV is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community access television station. We are part of the PEG system which means we broadcast public, education, and government channels on both Comcast and Verizon. We are a volunteer-based organization and depend heavily on the help of the community to cover events.
All of our services are FREE of charge including membership, use of equipment (both in studio and portable equipment), workshops, as well as individualized training.
We welcome individual members, nonprofits, and businesses alike! Minors are also welcome with parental consent/supervision.
NCTV is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community TV station. We provide access to, and training on, high-quality video and audio equipment for any and all Norfolk residents. Residents can borrow equipment to film outside events or come in to the studio and use our in-house equipment to record a show in the studio. All programs created with our equipment air on our cable channels in town. See our schedule for channel numbers and lineup.
NONE! All of our membership, training services, and equipment usage are absolutely FREE!
All videos played on NCTV must be not-for-profit. This means that we are not able to advertise for commercial businesses or for-profit ventures. The content of each show is at the discretion of each individual producer. If the station deems the content unsuitable for children, it will be played during the safe harbor hours of 10 PM-6 AM.
We are more than happy to set up small group training sessions or one-on-one sessions by appointment. Just e-mail or call to set up a time!
We can train on a variety of video and audio equipment as well as software such as the Adobe Suite.
Call or e-mail NCTV to reserve equipment up to two months in advance to make sure it is ready for you. Equipment usage is first-come, first-served, so the longer you wait, the higher chance there is that someone has already reserved the equipment you want. Any Norfolk resident can check out our small consumer cameras by completing a quick 5-minute training when they come to pick up the camera, but some of our more advanced equipment requires previous or more extensive training. It's also important to make sure you have completed the proper training for the equipment you want to use prior to picking it up! When you come to pick up your equipment, you'll be asked to sign a simple form stating that you take responsibility for the equipment while it is in your possession.
Our purpose is to train community members to be able to film their own events. Staff members film a handful of events when possible based on requests but are not widely available for all events. However, please don't let this discourage you because we are happy to train volunteers, and our consumer cameras are extremely user friendly! We will provide the tools you need to capture a fantastic video of your event!
No! You are free to create your show wherever works for you and we are happy to show it on the appropriate channel(s).
NCTV is funded by cable subscribers. A small percentage of the cable portion of each subscriber's bill is donated to NCTV by each cable company (Verizon and Comcast). A common misconception is that we are part of the Town Government but in reality, we are a completely separate nonprofit organization.
Probably! We happily sell copies of programs for which we have permission. If we air a program from another town, we will not copy their work but will direct you to the source. For our own programs, the cost per DVD is $10. We may not be able to sell copies of some programs we produce at the request of the producer or parent. We accept cash, credit, or check made payable to Norfolk Cable Corp.
You won't be able to watch through your TV service but most of our videos (including government meetings) are on our YouTube page for on-demand viewing. Some programs may not be online at the request of the producer or parent but the majority of our shows end up on YouTube channel!
All ages are welcome at NCTV! Minors under 18 are required to have a signed parental consent form prior to using the facility or equipment, and parents should plan on coming with their child to NCTV workshops or shoots. We train volunteers of all ages young and old, so don't let your age stop you!
Anyone from Norfolk or a surrounding town can join NCTV by filling out a simple membership form. No experience is necessary!
All of NCTV's cameras are high definition (HD). We have small consumer cameras that are simple to use as well as larger more professional cameras for users who are interested in having more control over their production. We also have a GoPro camera which is small enough to fit into tight spaces and durable enough to accompany you on a few adventures! Our studio is also fully equipped. To learn more specifics about the equipment we have, please contact us!