Membership FAQs

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How do I join?

For Individuals: If you are an individual interested in becoming a member, simply submit a completed application with supporting proof of residency documents and a payment of $30. If you are interested in using DCTV facilities, services, and/or channel time you will also need to attend DCTV 101, an introductory course that is free with membership.

For organizations: If you are an organization interested in becoming a member, simply submit a completed application with supporting business location documents and a payment of $150. The organization’s primary contact and all participating designees will need to attend DCTV 101, an introductory course which is free with membership.

I am not a resident of DC. Can I still be a member?

Yes. However, DC residents have priority for all equipment, facilities and channel time. If you reside in nearby Maryland or Northern Virginia, you will be expected to attend DCTV 101. Members that reside outside of the area will be required to take a test based on the Policy & Procedures Manual, in lieu of attending DCTV 101 in person.

How do I submit a program?

In order to submit a program, you must first become a DCTV member and attend DCTV 101. After attending DCTV 101, you will be invited to schedule your Encoding Training ($20 fee) with the Programming Department. After completing this brief training, you will be able to manually encode your shows and submit as many programs as you wish!

If you plan to submit programs and you are outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan region, you can pay DCTV to encode your program. The cost is $45 per show episode.*

When does my show air after it’s submitted?

We must receive your program before the 1st day of any month to air the following month. For example, programs submitted by May 1st will air the following month in June. Acceptations will be made for programs that are timely.

*Please note: Programming for out-of-state producers is accepted on a first come/first served basis within established policies, rules and procedures. DCTV is responsible for deciding the time, place and manner by which programming will reach its audience. All scheduling decisions are final.

How do I register for classes?

In order to register for classes, you must first become a DCTV member and attend DCTV 101. To register for classes, you can log in or create an account that will allow you to enroll online. Full payment is required in order to reserve your seat. For more information, contact us.

What is certification?

In order to use DCTV facilities and equipment, certification is required. Members are certified once they successfully complete training courses and demonstrate the appropriate level of knowledge to operate DCTV’s equipment safely and properly. For more information, contact us.

The DCTV capacity building grant program offers eligible nonprofits an array of benefits that build organizational communications and storytelling capability and provides an ongoing presence on cable television. We designed these grants to offer training and expert guidance to the nonprofit community, which enables you to robustly expand your impact within the DC community.

“Grant Level” is the amount of money your organization contributes to receive the grant. The grant term is initially one year and requires a very small organizational match. DCTV will provide documentation so that you can appropriately record “in-kind” services in your financial records. Grants may be extended or renewed with DCTV approval.