General Overview: Denver Open Media is a unique, user-driven public-access TV station that operates 3 Comcast cable channels in Denver: 56, 57 & 219.
Each of our channels are divided into 10 categories or theme blocks which range from "Community Issues and Advocacy" to "GLBTQ" or "Art and Film". When producers submit content they select one of these blocks as part of the metadata collected for their show. Once the show is submitted and ready to air, they are able to schedule their show according to the available upcoming slots in their theme block through our website.
Like many public access stations, our community is entirely responsible for producing our content. Unlike other stations however, community producers and viewers also determine the programming schedule of the channels. Every show submitted is guaranteed to air once, and our system increasingly allows producers to determine the timing of that initial cablecast. Additionally, viewers vote or rate the shows via the website, SMS/text or email. These votes drive a smart scheduling algorithm that translates the votes, together with other community-determined factors, into a broadcast schedule. Over 250 community producers are leveraged into a self-managed marketing/PR street-team, telling their friends and family to log-in and vote.
The Specifics: Channel 56 is reserved for the most recent shows submitted to Denver Open Media. Everything submitted to DOM is guaranteed to play on channel 56 at least once. While the show is airing, viewers have the opportunity to vote via their cell phone or by email on shows they like/dislike. Their votes and comments are then displayed in real-time along the bottom of the screen. Viewers also have the opportunity to vote and comment on shows at anytime by searching for them via the DOM website.
For a more detailed breakdown of the automated scheduling system and how we program our channel, click here.
The shows that get the most (and highest) votes get the best time slot (in the appropriate theme block) on Channel 57. On channel 57, you will only see the shows that the community has chosen as their favorites. Channel 57 is the "Best of DOM" channel. Furthermore, we are collaborating with other Public Access TV stations across the nation in the hope that we can use the website and our "Best of" channel to feature the best of Public Access TV from across the nation.
Digital Channel 219 plays other alternative programs such as Free Speech TVand Link TV, and gives viewers another opportunity to watch and vote on other, local programming that hasn't quite made it onto channel 57.