Where did BAT go??
Time Warner Cable has converted our access channels to be delivered in a digital format only. What that means for folks without a cable box is that our programs can now be seen on newer digital televisions on the following channels:
- Government Access: 96.20
- Public Access: 96.21
- Rec Channel: 96.24
- the BEAT: 96.22.
You may need to run the channel setup function on your TV to lock in our new channel locations.
Folks with cable converters will still see our channels on 20, 21, 22 and 24.
Time Warner is offering a converter, free for one year, should you have an older, tube style television with an old tuner. If you need any more information, feel free to give us a call.
WOW (Wide Open West) is in the process of installing cable lines throughout the City, beginning in the northern half of town. For those curious about WOW's progress, they've published a map which estimates when WOW will be able to offer service in different parts of Brunswick.
As the map notes, this is only an approximation, and actual and target dates may change.
What is Brunswick Area Television?
While the City of Brunswick has been producing local, government programming for cable subscribers since 1986, in 2002 we expanded our operations to give the Brunswick Community a new, easy way to produce their own programs. We offer comprehensive training, as well as free equipment loans to make your program a reality. Public Access was designed to allow community groups, not for profit organizations and individuals a way to promote their causes, issues and interests to their local community. With media conglomeration, local coverage of events in our area on local broadcast TV stations is virtually nonexistent, unless of course there is a tragedy. Public Access lets community volunteers highlight the best points of our community.
Where are we?
In 2010, the BAT Studios relocated to our home at 4274 Manhattan Avenue. At the same time, we upgraded our playback opportunities for programs, offering an on demand, internet based feed called at bat.pegcentral.com, which offers 24/7 access to all of our most recent programs, increasing the audience for our local programs, worldwide!
What is PEG access?
Public, Education and Government, or PEG Access was created in the infancy of cable television, to allow local communities an outlet for creative programs, produced by their residents. Channel space is allotted to the local community by the operators. In Brunswick, we have four community channels seen on Time Warner Cable (and later this year, WOW). Channel 20 is our Government Access Channel; channel 21 is our Public Access Channel, channel 22 is our Educational Access Channel, operated by the Brunswick City Schools; and channel 24 is our Recreation Channel.
Our government program includes a variety of programs, including live coverage of the regular meetings of Brunswick City Council and the Brunswick Hills Township Trustees. Local businesses are highlighted on The Buzz on Business. Interesting members of our community can be seen on Golden Years and Salute to Service.
A typical programming day on our public access channel includes telecasts from area churches, including the Brunswick United Methodist Church, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Southwest Baptist Church and St. Ambrose Parish. These programs are produced weekly by dedicated community volunteers. You may also run across some old movies on programs such as The Mortician or The Weirdness Really Bad Movie, pure entertainment for movie-philes. Other programs highlight everything from religion, local politics and introduce you to some of your neighbors. More than 400 folks have been trained and have produced programs for our channel, and without the countless hours of our volunteers, there would be no public access programming. The Brunswick Area is very fortunate to have such a dedicated group!
The Rec Channel highlights the programs and opportunities available at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center.
What are you waiting for?
If you have a programming idea and the desire to learn the techniques of television production, drop by our studios, or give us a call. We would be happy to teach you more about the exciting world of community television! Don’t have a show idea but want to get involved? We can match you up with other producers, so you can be part of their team.
Promote your community event on cable or signboard
It's easy to promote your not for profit event or activity by requesting an announcement on Pub21 or the City's signboard at State Routes 303 & 42. Just use the quick links above under "Community services" then "Announcement Forms" and you're on your way!