- What is CT-N?
- What can I see on CT-N?
- How does CT-N’s broadcast schedule work?
- How soon after taping does a program air on CT-N (or appear in Video on Demand on CT-N.com)?
- How is CT-N distributed?
- Why is CT-N on a digital channel in my town/When will I see CT-N on basic cable in my town?
- I am a satellite TV subscriber – where can I watch CT-N?
- Where can I find CT-N in my town?
- Do other states have something like CT-N?
- How is CT-N programming selected?
- How is CT-N funded?
- Glossary of Terms
The Connecticut Network provides complete and balanced television and webcast coverage of all branches of Connecticut state government. Since the network’s launch in 1999, that definition has expanded to include coverage of politics and the electoral process, news briefings by a variety of government leaders, and non-government events that touch upon public policy issues or are otherwise in the public interest. Our goal is to be the one information source that all of Connecticut turns to in matters of public policy. CT-N is managed and operated by Connecticut Public Affairs Network, Inc., a not-for-profit company founded to educate citizens about state government.
Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the State Senate and House of Representatives
Meetings and public hearings of legislative committees
Meetings and public hearings of executive branch departments and agencies
Oral arguments before the State Supreme Court
Live Office of Emergency Management briefings from the State Armory, in the event of a statewide emergency
Conventions, debates, and various other campaign events for statewide electoral races
Capitol News Briefings, featuring the Governor and other constitutional officers, legislative leadership, and other key state government leaders
Miscellaneous events that are public policy related or otherwise in the public interest
Much of what you see on CT-N is broadcast live; the rest has recently been recorded for rebroadcast. Our format is modeled after that of C-SPAN, which means that everything you see is shown uncut and unedited, with no on-air commentary, analysis, or editorial “spin.” You can watch government proceedings exactly as they happened, and draw your own conclusions about issues and events.
does CT-N’s broadcast schedule work?
Covering state government proceedings makes for an unconventional broadcast day. Some events only last a few minutes; others can run all day long. Because we don’t edit our coverage, what you see on CT-N doesn’t usually fit into 30 or 60-minute program blocks like a conventional TV network. And since we don’t have the benefit of knowing how long a government proceeding will be until after it’s over, we cannot assemble our program schedule too far in advance. In order to provide our viewers with the widest variety of up-to-date programming, we set our programming schedule 24 hours in advance. You can view our daily schedule here on the website at any time, and can also subscribe to receive it in your email daily.
How soon after taping does a program air on CT-N (or appear in
Video on Demand on CT-N.com)?
A lot of that depends on where the event occurred and how we covered it. Events that take place in the Legislative Office Building or within the House or Senate Chambers of the State Capitol may air live or within 24 hours of taping; that’s because those locations are hard-wired to our control room. That allows us to add graphics, record an event to our video server, and even broadcast it as it’s happening. Events in other locations must be recorded on video tape and returned to our control room for post-production before they can air. While we do our best to get this material on the air quickly, a busy legislative calendar can sometimes prevent us from doing post production right away. Most programs still air very soon after they’ve been recorded.
Many aired events will also be made available as on demand files on our website. Most on demand events become available at CT-N.com within 24 hours after their first airing. Due to limited server space, not all of our broadcast events get offered on-demand.
Check the network’s daily schedule online or call us at (860) 246-1553 for more information on when a specific program will air (or be added to the Video on Demand section on the website.)
is CT-N distributed?
CT-N is now available full time on cable television in nearly statewide, through a combination of basic and digital cable channels. In some areas where it is only available on digital, the network can also be seen on a part-time basis on government and community access channels.
Why is CT-N on a digital channel in my town/When will I see
CT-N on basic cable in my town?
In the spring of 2005, the Connecticut General Assembly reached a landmark agreement with the state’s cable industry to offer the Connecticut Network on expanded basic cable statewide by January 1, 2007. Many areas have already started to see CT-N brought down to expanded basic from the digital tier; check our town-by-town channel listings to determine if the network has been added to your expanded basic lineup recently.
I am a satellite TV
subscriber – where can I watch CT-N?
Currently, CT-N is not yet available on satellite TV. You can help by calling your satellite provider and letting them know you want them to carry the Connecticut Network.
OR fill out our online petition to add your name to the growing list of satellite subscribers who want to watch CT-N on your TV.
Where can I find CT-N in my town?
Go to the CT-N on TV link and click on the "Carriage by Town" area to find out the channel location and time availability.
other states have something like CT-N?
Yes, at least eighteen other states have some form of unedited coverage of government deliberations. (Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.) Several other states are in the development stages. Click here for a complete list.
is CT-N programming selected?
Our first priority is to offer gavel-to-gavel coverage of all sessions of the House of Representatives and State Senate: live whenever possible. Our next programming priority includes coverage of all official meetings and hearings of the executive and legislative branches, as well as oral arguments before the state Supreme Court, Capitol News Briefings, and electoral process coverage. Miscellaneous public policy or public interest events will then be covered, crew and equipment availability permitting. All events are researched and evaluated by our programming staff to determine their appropriateness for coverage by CT-N.