The FCC is proposing to rule that all “In-Kind” cable franchise obligations other than PEG capital costs and build-out requirements are a “franchise fee” under the Cable Act and thus count against the 5% franchise fee cap. The FCC would define “In-Kind” contributions so broadly as to undermine the Cable Act’s intent to provide franchise fees to communities for use of public rights of way. Any non-monetary benefit could conceivably be charged back against franchise fees – from backhaul services, to electronic program guides, to the value of PEG channel capacity itself. The charge backs would be at fair market value as determined by the cable industry, so we believe in some areas franchise fees might be eliminated in their entirety.
What does this mean for Milton Access TV?
Comcast and RCN could charge back in kind services against the franchise fee, which is how we are funded. What can they charge for? The cost of running our 3 channels from Milton to the Comcast head end? The cost of maintenance? Service calls? 24 hour monitoring and technical support? The use of the I-NET? and the list could go on. This could cut our budget significantly, or even completely eliminate it.
We are asking that you contact your US Senator – either Senator Warren or Senator Markey, and ask them to oppose the FCC’s rulings. You can also write your comments to the Board of Selectmen or email your comments to us as we compile comments to send to the FCC.
Sen. Warren
Boston – 617-565-3170
Springfield – 413-788-2690
Washington, D.C. – 202-224-4543
Or click here to E-MAIL her
Sen. Markey
Boston – 617-565-8519
Springfield – 413-785-4610
Washington, D.C. – 202-224-2742
Or click here to E-MAIL him

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Studio Closings
In observance of Columbus Day
the MATV studio and office will be closed for the Monday October 8th holiday
October Special Town Meeting LIVE Coverage
Special Town Meeting has been scheduled to begin on Monday evening, October 22nd. MATV will have
gavel-to-gavel live coverage, starting that first night at 7:30pm, as well as all following nights as long as Town Meeting continues.  Coverage will be broadcast across town on the Government Channel, which is Comcast Channel 8 and RCN Channel 3. Or you can view the live broadcast online, from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection, via our Video OnDemand page, which you can find by clicking here.
Monthly Orientation will be on Thursday, October 11th; and our Studio Production Class will be on Wednesday, October 17th. Scroll down for details and to sign up.

Special Town Meeting
LIVE Broadcast

The first night of the October Special Town Meeting will take place on
Monday, October 22nd

MATV will broadcast Special Town Meeting LIVE from the Milton High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the Government channel
(Comcast 8/RCN 3).

It can also be viewed live online via Video OnDemand at the following URL: http://milton.vod.castus.tv/vod/?live=ch1&nav=live

Additional nights of Town Meeting will also be broadcast live on the same channel at the same time, until the completion of Town Meeting.

TV Production Classes

Fall production classes are ongoing!

~Studio Production~
~Post Production~
(Field Production will return in 2019)

Take our orientation first, and then try out one of our skill-specific classes.

Best of all, it’s all FREE!!

(Want to get a head start? Check out our video tutorial on how to use our video cameras and audio setup.)

Fall Class Schedule


Want to know how to get started at MATV?
Come learn about all the different opportunities MATV has to offer.
This class is a prerequisite for all MATV classes.

Upcoming Orientation Dates:
Thursday October 11th 6pm – 7pm
Thursday November 8th 6pm – 7pm

Studio Production

Learn about our Newtek Tricaster HD switcher and its functions and features. You will also learn about our studio cameras, teleprompter, lighting, and the basics of our Yamaha sound board.

Wednesday October 17th 6pm – 7pm

This class is limited to 6 people. Participants must have taken an orientation class.
This class is open to ages 15+.

Post Production

Learn the basics of Adobe Premiere, including how to open and save projects, use transitions and effects, mix audio, and create basic graphics. Participants will also learn to cut clips together and learn some editing terminology.

Wednesday November 14th 6pm – 7pm

This class is limited to 6 people. Participants must have taken an orientation class.
This class is open to ages 15+.

To sign up for any of these classes, please contact Mike at mike@miltonaccesstv.org or by calling 617 – 698 – 0814


Get involved in media! Crew a show, cover a game, start your own program —  get in touch!

Fall Sports Camera Operator
-Camera operator needed to cover MHS fall sports.
-Opportunities for non-sports events coverage also available.
-Start immediately.
-Great way to get your community service hours or a small stipend. Training is quick and easy.
-Also seeking play-by-play announcers for Milton High fall sports.

I want to Learn more !

New Programs in Past 30 Days

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to watch the newest shows we have

Or click on the screenshots below to go straight to Video OnDemand and watch them instantly!

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New York Times best-selling author J. Courtney Sullivan, who grew up in town, visited the Milton Art Center recently for an interview about her newest novel, “Saints for All Occasions.” Another acclaimed author, Stuart Nadler, who wrote “The Inseparables,” conducted the conversation, which delved into Sullivan’s character backstories, her motivations, and some other interesting tidbits. Tune in for this literary treat when it airs during the Monday Forum at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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“The Garden Path” takes a trip to a secret garden of another type in this month’s new episode. Host Christine Paxhia visits the Quincy home of Paul Cook for a tour of his hidden gem of a yard that is one part Victorian garden, one part Edward Scissorhands masterpiece. Come along to this hideaway tucked into the side of a hill and filled with exotic and rare specimens, as this program airs on the Public channel Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.

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The featured performer at this month’s MAC Open Mic is Art Center regular Chance Langton, a musician and actor who has headlined major comedy clubs across the country, had roles in movies including “House Party 2” and Adam Sandler’s “8 Crazy NIghts,” and whose song “I’m Better Than Them” is played nationally on the popular Dr. Demento radio program. All your other favorite MAC acts round out the program, which is currently airing during Music Thursday at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

Milton High fall sports are back in action, and MATV volunteers are recording and replaying many varsity-level home games. All games run on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15), which you can watch on your TV or online via Video OnDemand. Check out our Program Guide to find out what is playing when.

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Cheryl Suchors’ new book, “48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains,” took nearly a decade to write, but “It’s All Write with Suzette” host Suzette Martinez Standring says it’s one of “the best books” she’s ever read. Tune in for this new episode, where the author sits down to talk about her long journey through career shifts, grief and sickness, to the peaks of the White Mountains and bookshelves around the country. This program is currently airing on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

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A frequent guest speaker at Fuller Village, Curry College History and Politics Professor Emeritus John Hill recently began a new lecture series titled “Contemporary Issues in Historical Perspective.” Part I focuses on the years bracketing the Revolution, looking at what the words of John Adams, George Washington, and other framers of the republic can tell us about current events. Tune in for this talk, as it airs during the Monday Forum at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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It’s Pearl’s 100th birthday, on a new episode of “Fuller Talks.” As the lively host of this topical monthly talk show enters her 11th decade, the panelists look at a number of other milestones as well, including the deaths of notable Americans U.S. Sen. John McCain, singer Aretha Franklin and playwright Neil Simon, and the 100th birthdays of the late Red Sox great Ted Williams and musician Leonard Bernstein. Among other discussion topics are development in East Milton, the population crunch in the town’s schools and the renegotiations of NAFTA. Tune in for perspectives on all of this when the program airs at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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Gigi Giraffe, her pal Mel, Poppins, and the Kid Crew are back from their summer break with a new episode of “Actin’ Up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe.” It’s all about back-to-school and tips for making a smooth transition out of summer vacation, including learning some new sign language, while Gigi takes a trip to way up north to Finland to learn about that country’s language and culture. This fresh kid-focused half-hour installment is currently airing seven days a week at 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday at 7:30 a.m., all on the Public channel.

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Suzanne Lombardi, owner of the two The Plate restaurants in town, is the guest on a new episode of “Broad Appeal.” Host Melissa Fassel Dunn talks with this in-town entrepreneur about her background in sculpture, how she moved on to co-found the Dancing Deer Baking Company, as well as other steps along the way to creating and running a local favorite food destination. Also pick up useful life tips and a recipe from deep in the woods up near the Canadian border when this program airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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The Portrait in Jazz quintet closed out the Fuller Village Gazebo Concert Series recently, covering the entire spectrum of 20th Century American jazz, from New Orleans to show tunes to gospel, with some blues and Latin music mixed in as well. Savor the last few weeks of summer with this performance that is currently airing on the Public channel during Music Thursday at 7 p.m.
MATV Studio Hours
Monday, 9am-6pm 
Tuesday, 10am-6pm Wednesday, 10am-7pm 
Thursday, 9am-7pm
Friday, 9am-1pm 
 451 Central Ave. (Behind Pierce Middle School)Click for directions from your location  Sign up for our newsletter and to volunteer, email  info@miltonaccesstv.org Call us at 617-698-0814 MATV broadcasts throughout Milton, 24 hours a day on three stations:
Government (Comcast 8/RCN 3)Public (Comcast 9/RCN 13)Education (Comcast 22/RCN 15) Most MATV programming is also available online through our streaming Video On Demand service.