The Off-Hollywood Page
by John Thielking
Below is a partial list of Community Access Cable TV stations that
offer free streaming of content either live or on demand or both
over the web. The list below was made by sifting through the
complete list of all community access tv stations in the US, located
SOPA-PROTECT IP-ICE-DOJ harassers note: All of the links on this
page are to the best of my knowledge links to legitimate, licensed
TV stations, radio stations or original authors' web sites that are
authorized to stream this content for free. If you have any
issues about copyright infringement, please contact the station(s)
or web site(s) in question. I do not link to stations or web
sites that use Youtube or Vimeo pages for their entire site as these
types of pages are not secure against having infringing content
posted to them if the owner(s) merely "likes" or comments on an
infringing video somewhere else on Youtube or Vimeo. I will have my
own Youtube channel soon, but that channel will feature ONLY content
that I have recorded myself of myself talking about material that
was obtained under fair use guidelines and with no background music
or copyrighted images. So, don't pester me or threaten to take down
my little web site. Thanks.
Here is a partial list of
community access tv stations that offer free streaming and on
Live stream of Alaska Legislature in session. Live stream of various
documentaries when Alaska legislature is not in session.
Archives of past meetings available.
Birmingham Alabama City Council meetings archived and available for
on demand streaming over the web.
On demand streaming of Govt programming from Brewton, AL. For
example: Brewton city employees reciting "Twas The Night Before
No separation of Church and State here, but it was hilarious to
Huntsville, AL city council meetings streamed live, plus local
musicians' music streams along with a community bulliten board when
meetings are not in session.
Montgomery Community Media On Demand educational programs streamed
for free over the web.
University Of Central Arkansas Educational programming distributed
via free live stream. Off air on holidays.
Arkansas State University-TV. Free live tv stream and on demand
Free live streaming and videos On Demand from Prescott Community TV
Tempe, AZ govt programming live streamed and archived.
Free live streaming of various educational videos from Arizona State
Tucson, AZ Public Access TV Station with free streaming of tv
programs on 3 channels (requires downloading
Three channels available streaming live for free. Ch 17
appears to have captioning, at least for Democracy Now! broadcast.
Free streaming of On Demand videos from The Monterey, CA Media
Center For Art, Education and Technology
Free streaming of live programs. On Demand viewing of past
programs also available, from Nevada County, CA.
Try streaming the Dec 21, 2011 Mewzeek program under Music, at the
bottom of this page: http://www.nevadacountytv.org/pages/node/82
for a unique experience.
Santa Cruz, CA: Santa Cruz County Community Television has three
free live streams over the web, plus some archived shows.
Trinity County, CA Community Access Media. Free live stream
available for users with Quicktime 6 and above.
Albany, CA Public Access TV station. The KALB Live! stream
featured a video of a woodburning fireplace (crackling wood, no
music) on Dec 31, 2011.
Free live streaming of Berkeley, CA tv programming, with annoying,
sometimes violent commercials on top of the feed. Fundraising movie
night out is all about Horror movies, ugh!
Cupertino, CA Community Access TV station with three free streaming
tv channels on the web. Look for the KMVT Web Channel tab on the
Mendocino Coast Television features free Video On Demand streaming
of programs over the web.
Check out their on demand concert videos including: http://mendocoasttv.org/MCDHTransformationalConcert.html#featured.
Midpeninsula Community Media Center in Palo Alto, CA offers five
free live streams of tv over the web. Ch 27 featured classical music
concerts at the end
of December 2011.
There are many more Community Access TV stations that feature free
live streaming and on demand videos over the web. For a complete
list of all the community TV stations in the US, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_public-access_TV_stations_in_the_United_States.
For my list above, I just looked at the P and PEG stations in the
Wikipedia list for Alaska through California. I'm sure that you will
be plenty busy just keeping up with the relatively short list that I
Note that many of these community access tv stations are
experiencing funding shortages as various sources of funds are
drying up. So if you find a series of programs on a particular
station that you like, whip out your paypal account or charge card
and give generously. Good luck and happy surfing!
PS: These shows on Community TV were obviously much lower
budget than the Hollywood productions listed on the rest of this
site and they were even clunky and uncoordinated at times. But
I have to say that it seems that we lose something when there is an
equalizer and a sound mixing board and a digital sound system and a
film cutting room between you and the performers in a typical
Hollywood movie. That screening and cutting process was clearly
absent in my samplings of the community access programming that I
saw and it was most refreshing, a nice change.
PPS: I will soon add to this page
many more sources of free, authorized streaming content, including
links to radio stations and original authors' content. For
now, feast your eyes and ears on this, the crown jewel of sitcom
start ups called The Misadventures Of Awkward
Black Girl. Lett'er rip
Updated 1-2-12: For a list of
alternative media and free streaming news sources click here.
Coming soon: Free MIT level College Education for all who want it:
1-8-12 update: There is a list of Hip-Hop radio stations that
stream their programming over the web for free here.
Other types of radio stations will be listed soon.
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