GPAT Rules and Guidelines

How To Submit A Program for Cablecast Basic Statement of Operation Rules About Content
GPAT Home Technical Requirements How To Submit A Public Service Announcement

 

Basic statement of operation:

Greenville-Pitt Public Access, Inc. (GPAT-23) is available to cable TV subscribers of Suddenlink Communications in Pitt County, N.C.  GPAT-23 cablecasts programs submitted by local residents at no charge, on a non-discriminatory basis in accordance with rules and regulations specified by our Board of Directors.
          All programs cablecast on GPAT23 must be submitted by a Local Producer.
          Programs are scheduled on a first-come first-served, non-discriminatory basis. Local programs are scheduled for playback more frequently than programs with no local connection. A local program is defined as a "program produced about something or someone in Greenville/Pitt County, or produced by a resident of Greenville/Pitt County, or was created in Greenville/Pitt County." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Submit A Program for Cablecast Basic Statement of Operation Rules About Content
GPAT Home Technical Requirements How To Submit A Public Service Announcement

How to submit a program for cablecast

1.Become a local producer                   

A GPAT-23 Local Producer is the person who officially requests that a program be cablecast on GPAT 23. The Local Producer is responsible for everything related to the program.

To become a GPAT 23 Local Producer you must fill out a "Local Producer Information" form and return it to GPAT.  You can pick up a form at our office or you can download it from our website

2. Fill out a Program Information form for each program

Each program submitted to GPAT for cablecast should be accompanied with a Program Information Form. You can pick up a form at our office or you can download it from our website.

Do not use scotch-tape or other adhesives to attach the program information form to the DVD.

3. Meet technical and content requirements

Programs should be finished and ready for cablecast and meeting our technical requirements and programs must not violate our rules about content of programs cablecast on GPAT 23. There are only 2 ways to submit a program to GPAT: A DVD video or as a MPEG2 digital file. SEE Program Information Form for more information about types of files.

4. Label your media

The following information must be written on the actual DVD disc.  Information may be written or printed on a label that adheres to the actual DVD disc.
                    1. Producer ID
                    2. Program Name        
                    3. Pre-Roll length (length of time from play to start of program)
                    4. Duration of program
                    5. Other information that the producer wants to include, such as title, or subject.

5. Deliver your program to GPAT     

There are only 2 ways to submit a program to GPAT: A DVD video or as a MPEG2 digital file. SEE Program Information Form for more information about types of files. Mail or Bring your program to 300 B Arlington Boulevard. If the door is locked, slide your program through the mail slot in the door. 
If you wish to mail the program, our address is:
                             GPAT
                             300B W Arlington Blvd
                             Greenville, NC 27834 `

 

 

 

How To Submit A Program for Cablecast Basic Statement of Operation Rules About Content
GPAT Home Technical Requirements How To Submit A Public Service Announcement

Program Content

All programs are accepted, regardless of content. Programs with content that may conflict with local standards will be scheduled to playback between 10 pm and 4 am.  Content decisions will be determined by the station manager.      

It is the Local Producer’s responsibility that:
          A. Programs are free of advertising or other material that promotes a commercial product, service or lottery
          B. Programs are free of unlawful use of copyrighted material
          C. Programs are free of material that violates local standards relating to obscenity
          D. Programs are free of material that is libelous, slanderous or defamatory in character
          E. Programs are free of material that is an unlawful invasion of privacy

 

PROGRAM LENGTH
                   Programs can be any length up to 2-hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GPAT Rules and Guidelines

How To Submit A Program for Cablecast Basic Statement of Operation Rules About Content
GPAT Home Technical Requirements How To Submit A Public Service Announcement

 

Public Service Messages (Text and Graphics)      

Non-profit community groups, government departments and educational institutions in Pitt County may submit event announcements. All messages must be non-commercial in nature. We do not accept classified or personal ads. 

Message content should be submitted by mail to GPAT 300B Arlington Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858 or via email at least 10 days before it must appear on the channel.

Include your

1. name

2. organization

3. contact information

4. short description of your event or message

5. when you would like to have the message start, and what date it should end

Please keep your message brief.
We can also accept digitally prepared messages.  Prepared messages should be JPG files with a size of 720x456 pixels.
Public services messages are cablecast in 4-7 minutes segments and scheduled throughout the day.
7.12.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Submit A Program for Cablecast Basic Statement of Operation Rules About Content
GPAT Home Technical Requirements How To Submit A Public Service Announcement

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS 

 

All programs must be able to play back in GPAT's DVD players and be free of abnormalities that make the picture jump, skew, digitize, disappear, or in some other way not play properly. 

Audio levels must be consistent and be free of abnormalities that make the audio beep, screech or consist of other sounds that interfere with the intended soundtrack.

Audio can be in stereo or mono, although it will be cablecast only in mono.

Producers should describe, in writing, on program information form, if  program contains unusual peculiarities that are intentional, such as no sound, black and white footage, etc.

Programs can be submitted on DVD as a video or as an MPEG2 data file. 

DVD-Video

Each video program should be submitted on a separate DVD. 

A DVD video should NOT automatically start playing after being inserted into a DVD machine!   It should have a menu, with a single play command that will start the playback with 10-seconds of black (pre-roll time) before the program starts and 10 seconds of black after the program ends. 

The following information must be written on the actual DVD disc.  Information may be written or printed on a label that adheres to the actual DVD disc. 

          1. Producer ID        
          2. Program Name        
          3. Pre-Roll length (length of time from play to start of program)
          4. Duration of program
          5. Other information that the producer wants to include, such as title, or subject.

Media not properly labeled will not be scheduled.

MPEG2

Producers can submit their programs as MPEG-2 files via portable USB storage device, data file on a DVD or the file could be transferred to GPAT via the internet, using a cloud-based storage system. 

 When sending email with attached form or links mail subject line should say: "Name of Show  debut:12/12/12"

Multiple programs can be placed on a single thumb drive (USB drive), but make sure to name them properly and note the names on the forms to avoid incorrect airings.

GPAT recommends the following guidelines for MPEG-2 video files created with any third-party hardware or software to ensure optimal playback.
          Stream Type: MPEG-2 Program Stream
          Video Resolution: 720 x 480
          Picture Rate: 29.97 pictures per second
          Bit Rate: Maximum of 10 Mb/s is allowed
          NTSC with 4:3 aspect ratio
          Sampling Format: 4:2:0 (Main profile at Main or Low level, 10 Mb/s or less)
          Audio Format: Must be encoded into the MPEG-2 file using Audio Layer II
          Audio Frequency: 44.1 KHz sampling frequency is recommended.

Programs submitted as a MPEG2 file should not have any pre-or post-roll time (i.e. no black before the program starts.)

File name must be noted on Program Information Form.

File name should contain NO SPACES and no more than 27 characters.

Suggestion for file name: First 3 characters are producer number
                    followed by a hyphen
          Next 6 characters are the  date that the program be first cablecast. (Month,Day,Year: 070413)
                    followed by a hyphen
          Next 3 characters are a 3-letter abbreviation of the series or program name
          It is not necessary to use all 16 characters.

How To Submit A Program for Cablecast Basic Statement of Operation Rules About Content
GPAT Home Technical Requirements How To Submit A Public Service Announcement

 

Help filling out Program Information Form

NUMBER ON FORM

EXPLANATION

1. Producer ID:

 

2. Date submitted:

The date you delivered the program to GPAT

3. Is this program a one-time submission or is it part of a series that is regularly sheduled?

You must check either #4 or #5.

4. One time submission.

Check this box unless your program is part of a series. If you have not made previous arangements with GPAT, your program is not part of a series. Do not fill out #6, #7, #8, #9. -- Go directly to #10.

5. Part of a series.

Check this box ONLY if your program is part of a series. Then fill out #6, #7, #8, #9

6. Series Title:

This is the name of the progam as it appears every week in GPAT regular schedule.

7. Program Title:

This is the name or content of this one individual program, that distinguishes it from other programs in the series.

8. Date this program should run for the first time.

This is the premiere date of this program.

9. This program should run

Check the appropriate box to indicate how many weeks this program should run on GPAT.

10. How are you submitting this program?

There are only 2 ways to submit a program to GPAT: A DVD video or as a MPEG2 digital file. Select #11 or #12.

11. DVD video   

 

 

 

SKIP TO #16

Check here if your program will play on regular DVD players.

Your program should be free of abnormalities that make the picture jump, skew, digitize, disappear, or in some other way not play properly.  Audio levels must be consistent and be free of abnormalities that make the audio beep, screech or consist of other sounds that interfere with the intended soundtrack. Audio can be in stereo or mono, although it will be cablecast only in mono.

Each video program should be submitted on a separate DVD. 

A DVD video should NOT automatically start playing after being inserted into a DVD machine!   It should have a menu, with a single play command that will start the playback with 10-seconds of black (pre-roll time) before the program starts and 10 seconds of black after the program ends. 

The following information must be written on the actual DVD disc.  Information may be written or printed on a label that adheres to the actual DVD disc. 

          1. Producer ID        
          2. Program Name        
          3. Pre-Roll length (length of time from play to start of program)
          4. Duration of program
          5. Other information that the producer wants to include, such as title, or subject.

Media not properly labeled will not be scheduled.

Producers can submit their programs as MPEG-2 files on a DVD, via portable USB storage device,or the file could be transferred to GPAT via the internet, using a cloud-based storage system. 

MPEG2

Output Format: MPEG-2

Standard Definition (SD)

NTSC 4:3 aspect ratio          

Video Resolution: 720 x 480

Picture Rate: 29.97 pictures per second  

Bit Rate: Maximum of 10 Mb          

Sampling Format: 4:2:0

Audio Format: MPEG-2 using Audio Layer II

Audio Frequency: 44.1 KHz

Programs submitted as a MPEG2 file should not have any pre-or post-roll time (i.e. no black before the program starts.)

12. Digital File on DVD media

Check this box if you are submitting your file on DVD media. Make sure to label the media with your Producer ID number, the Premiere Date of your program and the file name. File name should contain NO SPACES and no more than 27 characters. Suggestion for file name:
First 3 characters are producer number
    followed by a hyphen
Next 6 characters are the  date that the program be first cablecast. (Month,Day,Year: 070413)
    followed by a hyphen
Next 3 characters are a 3-letter abbreviation of the series or program name
          It is not necessary to use all 16 characters.

13. Digital File on portable media, such as flashdrive

Check this box if you are submitting your file on a USB drive. Make sure to attach a label the media with your Producer ID number, the Premiere Date of your program and the file name. File name should contain NO SPACES and no more than 27 characters. Suggestion for file name:
First 3 characters are producer number
    followed by a hyphen
Next 6 characters are the  date that the program be first cablecast. (Month,Day,Year: 070413)
    followed by a hyphen
Next 3 characters are a 3-letter abbreviation of the series or program name
          It is not necessary to use all 16 characters.

Multiple programs can be placed on a single thumb drive (USB drive), but make sure to name them properly and note the names on the forms to avoid incorrect airings.

14. Digital file via cloud and internet.  Name of cloud storage:

Check this box if your are submitting your file via the internet. Be sure to provide all information that will be necessary for GPAT to download your file. You must inform GPAT that you have posted your program by sending an email to jake@gpattv.org with attached form or links. Email subject line should say: "Name of Show  debut:12/12/12"

15. If digital file what is file name?

Write the file name of your program. File name should contain NO SPACES and no more than 27 characters. Suggestion for file name:
First 3 characters are producer number
    followed by a hyphen
Next 6 characters are the  date that the program be first cablecast. (Month,Day,Year: 070413)
    followed by a hyphen
Next 3 characters are a 3-letter abbreviation of the series or program name
          It is not necessary to use all 16 characters.

16. Do you want to pick up your media?  

Check yes if you want GPAT to save your media. You must arrange a time with GPAT to pick up your DVDs and/or other media. We will save your media up to 100 days.

17. Program Length

This should be an accurate duration of the program, not an estimate. This should not include pre or post roll black.

18. Does this program contain religious content?

Check yes if your program contains religious content. (opinions, discussions, teachings or performances that relate to or manifest faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity.)  Religious programs are cablecast on GPAT23 on Sundays and Wednesdays. 

19. Was program produced in Pitt County?

Check yes if your program was created within Pitt County but outside the city limits of Greenville.

20. Was program produced in Greenville?

Check yes if your program was inside the city limits of Greenville.

21. Does program contain images of Pitt County or its Citizens?

Check yes if your program contains images of Pitt County or its citizens outside the city limits of Greenville.

22. Does program contain images of Greenville or its Citizens?

Check yes if your program contains images of citizens who live within the city limits of Greenville.

23. Does this program contain language or words or a word that are usually not accepted as appropriate for general audiences of any age?

Please contact the GPAT office if you questions regarding rules about language, words or images.

24.Does this program contain images that may violate community standards regarding obscenity

Please contact the GPAT office if you questions regarding rules about language, words or images.

25. Please describe contents of program, such as location, date recorded, names of people who appear in program. 

This for our records and may be used in promoting the program on the GPAT website, on Facebook or printed publications.

26. Statement of Compliance   By signing below you agree that 1) you have read and 2) understand and 3) are complying with the GPAT Rules about submitting programs.

All forms should be signed by the local producer or his/her agent.

By signing this form the producer indicates that he/she has read and understands GPAT Rules and that this program complies with the GPAT Rules about submitting programs. The GPAT Rules include that           A. Programs are free of advertising or other material that promotes a commercial product, service or lottery
          B. Programs are free of unlawful use of copyrighted material
          C. Programs are free of material that violates local standards relating to obscenity
          D. Programs are free of material that is libelous, slanderous or defamatory in character
          E. Programs are free of material that is an unlawful invasion of privacy

Local Producer Signature:

If Program Information Form is submitted digitally, via email or cloud, producer should enter text: "Digital signature by (Producer's Name)." When sending email to jake@gpattv.org with attached form or links, mail subject line should say: "Name of Show  debut:12/12/12"

Date Signed:

This should be the date that program was submitted and/or the form was signed by the local producer.