What is O2E-TV? While there are hundreds
of public access television
O2E-TV is a non-profit organization formed to studios all over the
build and operate a Public Access Television country, O2E-TV will be
Studio Facility. unique, standing upon the
We will provide low-cost training in television heritage of experimental
production, production assistance, and free use of video originating in
equipment for non-commercial, non-profit Binghamton, including
purposes, on a first-come, first-served, non- Larry Gottheim, and Ken
discriminatory basis, as a community service in Jacobs, who created Greater Binghamton
the public interest. Binghamton University’s Public Access TV
Cinema department, Ralph Hocking who created
O2E-TV will be a hybrid facility, with true first- the Experimental Television Center, and of O2E is Open to Everyone!
come, first served public access, and a funded course, Rod Serling, perhaps one of the greatest
block of quality local non-commercial pioneers in the (then) new medium of television.
programming, including news, arts, and public Community
O2E-TV’s unique programming will be …with a Focus on the Arts
distributed to 72,000 homes regionally on cable,
and far beyond the Greater Binghamton area via
streaming and on-demand video on the internet. www.O2ETV.org
Digital broadcast partners are being sought...
O2E–TV needs YOU!
While there is probably little anyone can do to
bring the factories back, O2E-TV will help …your creativity…ideas… energy…vision…
highlight the exciting and emergent arts
community we have here right now! Contact:
O2E-TV will build on our existing intellectual
and creative capital and help foster cultural
tourism to this area!
How will we pay for it? Who will O2E-TV serve?
A diversified funding stream will ensure This facility will truly serve underserved
independence. Independence ensures unfettered constituencies. Local productions / Local focus
creativity, freedom, and autonomy. will benefit all citizens. Because the facility will
be open to anyone in the community, and because
Capital grants will be secured from various the producers come from the community, the
foundations and other grant-makers to purchase a program diversity will more naturally match the
building and equipment. broad and diverse classes of people who live in
our community \
Fig 1: A typical facility
Obtaining ~$250,000/yr for our operational costs
(salaries, electricity/heat, consumables, and "First-Come, First-Served, Non-Discriminatory O2E-TV will celebrate the best intellectual,
equipment repairs) will be our biggest challenge. Access" ensures that all people, without regard to artistic and creative talent which is already here in
Possible sources of sustaining / operational funds race, class, age, gender, political persuasion, our own community. We remain largely ignorant
physical disability, religion, ethnicity will be able of these resources because the commercial media
Cable TV Franchise fees typically are used to use these resources. No one is excluded. has failed to serve our community. WSKG has
to fund these operations. their own constraints (regional focus, state
Membership/Subscriptions/Co-Op Shares Who will be on the governing board? funding cuts, network agreements, a restrictive
--creates community investment union contract) preventing them from doing more.
Fundraisers The board membership will reflect the diversity of
Special grants the community served in every way: race, class, Imagine university symposia and intellectual
Corporate underwriters age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, round tables televised for all. Imagine live public
Hotel-Motel tax political persuasion, physical disability. affairs and talk shows featuring call-ins. Imagine
the creative partnership with Binghamton
We need the help of expert fundraisers to help us University’s BTV and Cinema Department,
solve this major challenge! BCC’s Communication Department, and theater,
bands, animators, and visual artists from BHS and
other local high schools!
While Public Access TV is “just a hobby” to
many people, it also can be a low-cost way for
people to enter the exciting video/film industry.
Many successful movie and video producers
actually started out in Public Access, including
Robert Gonzalez, Tom Green, and Alex Jones.