Redmond City Television
Welcome to RCTV
Redmond City Television (RCTV) was created in 1996 as a convenient way for residents to receive information about issues, services, and events within Redmond as well as highlight the unique character of our community.
RCTV is available on both Comcast and Frontier cable systems. On Comcast, you can watch us on channel 21 and with Frontier, we're located on channel 34. You can also catch RCTV live online 24/7 or replay OnDemand programming from our archives.
City Council Committee of the Whole, Regular meetings, and Study Sessions are covered live every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with replays on RCTV:
- 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesdays
- 7:30 p.m. Thursdays
- 3 p.m. Saturdays
- 9 p.m. Sundays
- 12 p.m. Mondays
- 8 a.m. Tuesdays
Planning Commission meetings are covered live most Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and replayed on RCTV:
- 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursdays
- 12 p.m. Fridays
- 7 p.m. Saturdays
- 3 p.m. Sundays
- 8 a.m. Mondays
History of Cable in Redmond
Cable television first came to Redmond in the 1960s when Vista Television Cable, Inc. began installing coaxial cable lines via utility poles in many of the city's newer neighborhoods. By the late '80s, most citizens living or working close to a public right-of-way could contract with the cable operator for cable service, and many did. Currently, about 83% of Redmond households are cable subscribers.
As of 2008, most of the city is served via fiber optic lines installed by competing cable television providers, Comcast and Frontier.
In December 2002, the City of Redmond negotiated a new cable franchise with Comcast that will be in effect for the next ten years. View the Comcast Cable Franchise agreement.
In September 2008, the City negotiated an additional 10-year franchise with Frontier. View the Frontier agreement.
What is PEG?
- PEG programming stands for Public, Educational and Governmental programming. Per federal law, cable operators are required to set aside channel space to carry PEG (which focuses on local) non-commercial programming.
- Public access channels are available for use by the general public. They are often administered by the cable operator.
- Educational access channels are used by educational institutions for educational programming. Usage of these channels can be in the franchise among local schools, colleges, and universities.
- Governmental access channels are used for programming by the local government. In most jurisdictions, these channels are managed by the franchising authority.
- While channel space must be set aside by the cable operator, it is up to the franchise authority to negotiate the inclusion of these channels into its franchise.
- Franchise authorities may require cable operators as part of the negotiation process to provide facilities and equipment for use with PEG channels.
- Typically, the content of the material carried on PEG access is determined by the individuals, groups or organizations that produce it.
- PEG channels must be free of commercial content but may include "PBS-style" credit for underwriters.
- PEG channels allow for local community information and expression not available on other commercial outlets.
- PEG access channels are often the video equivalent of the speaker's soap box or the electronic parallel to the printed leaflet. They provide groups and individuals who generally have not had access to the electronic media with the opportunity to become sources of information in the electronic marketplace of ideas.
- While PEG channels often do not generate the ratings of other "network" providers, they do provide long term benefit for a large number of viewers over the life of the franchise.