P.E.G. Television = Public, Educational and Governmental
Tribal Television (channel 2) has been in operation since the early 1990's. This small studio based operation has been made possible through the cable franchise agreement the tribe has with the cable service provider (now Time Warner). Homes on the reservation that have cable TV are able to receive the Tribal TV signal. The Tribal TV signal is now using a fiber optic connection. Tribal TV is a small volunteer based operation and is dependent on support and donations from the Tribal Housing Authority, Tribal Government programs and community volunteers for space, heat, electricity, equipment and programming. The Tribal TV signal originates from the Pleasant Point Housing Elderly Complex at 1 Elders Way from a small one room studio.
From time to time live shows are produced from inside the studio. Live shows are usually done to inform and involve the community members in a direct way with Tribal TV. Sometimes telephone calls are taken during live shows.
Pre-Recorded DVD videos of community events and other recorded video and audio material are often played on Tribal TV.
Microsoft Powerpoint is used as a bulletin board service and is played on Tribal TV to keep the community informed. Events and activities such as Tribal Council meetings are regularly advertized on the channel.
A second tribal TV (channel 7) is a new local access channel is now in operation. This channel originates from the Beatrice Rafferty Tribal School on Bayview Drive. Homes on the reservation that have cable TV are able to receive the school signal. This channel is also a small volunteer based operation and is dependent on support and donations from the school or Maine Indian Education. Currently teachers, school staff and volunteers are providing the programming. Hopefully the school will begin some educational activity to enable students to become exposed to this video/multimedia technology and they will begin to create student based content for programming. The TV Studio is capable of playing pre-recorded video on dvd's, live productions and a computer based bulletin board.
Questions about Tribal Television can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org