How to cablecast a program on the PATV channel.
PATV accepts TV programs from residents of the Incorporated Villages of Great Neck/North Shore that include: Great Neck, Great Neck Plaza, Great Neck Estates, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Thomaston, Saddle Rock, Russell Gardens, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Munsey Park, Flower Hill, and North Hills.
Additionally, PATV does accept tapes from producers outside the area if the producer has a sponsor who is a resident of one of the Incorporated Villages of Great Neck/North Shore (see above).
Series and Single Specials
There are two ways to air programming on PATV, as a regularly scheduled series or a single special. All application forms and policies can be picked up from our offices or mailed to you..
You (or your sponsor) are also required to provide one form of photo ID and proof of residency.
If your program (series) is new to PATV, the Forms must be accompanied by a DVD or tape of your program for reviewing.
If you have a program ready to submit, complete the Program Proposal Form, Cablecast Request Form* and Statement of Compliance. Hand it in by the 5th of the month along with your tape and proof of ID and residency, to Sandi Ferguson, or mail it to PATV 1111 Marcus Avenue, Suite LL27, Lake Success, NY 11042. One tape for each program request application form.
* We will try to get the program on the following months schedule if there are any open time slots. However, we can not guarantee that you will get the time slot you request.
Regularly Scheduled Series:
To apply for a series, submit a Cablecast Request Form, Statement of Compliance, a Program Proposal and a pilot tape to Sandi Ferguson. Specific dates for submitting forms for Series Request will be mailed 1 month prior to start of new series. (Next Date for Series Renewals is March 2012 for April 2012 airing). Time slots for series are guaranteed in 6 month increments.
You must also submit a photocopy of your photo ID and proof of residency. Only one tape (program) per series application.
PATV strives to improve the technical quality of the programming we air. We rely upon producers to make sure that the tapes you submit meet our technical requirements, or we will not be able to play it. To ensure better quality playback, we encourage producers to submit their programs on DVD or File.
For File Bases Submissions:
Formatting a video file for Playback on PATV:
We currently accept to video formats for submission to PATV. We can accept any mpeg2 file (.mpg .mpeg) as long as the video size is 720X480.
In addition to mpeg2, we can accept quicktime movie files (.mov). There are certain parameters that need to be followed when submitting a .mov file.
1. File must use the H.264 Codec.
2. Frame Rate must be set to 29.97
3. Image size must be set to 720X480
4. The audio codec used must be AAC (AAC or AAC-LC)
5. The audio sample rate must be set to 48Khz
When exporting using Quicktime Conversion (Final Cut Pro) or from Quicktime Pro, it should look as follows:
Setting the appropriate codec/Frame Rate
Choosing the correct image size under “Size Settings”
Always preserve aspect ratio using “Letterbox” when given the option
Audio codec can be found under “Format” as well as sample rate are all found under the sound setting window.
Files can be dropped off to the office using an external hard drive or a flash drive. Alternatively files can be submitted digitally through a direct download link on sites like Vimeo or through web services like Dropbox.