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BCAT Submission Guidelines

Producers must fill out a Program Submission Form certifying that no advertising material or other commercial programming, lottery or lottery information, obscene material, sexually explicit conduct, material soliciting or promoting unlawful conduct, or indecent, slanderous or libelous material is contained in their program. 

Airing requirements

BCAT16 accepts half-hour and one-hour programs. Half-hour programs must not exceed 28 1/2 minutes in length. One-hour programs must not exceed 58 1/2 minutes in length. If you are interested in producing a longer program, please contact BCAT at 952-563-4980.

All DVDs should have either no menu or one menu for the program, and contain 1 second of black before and after the program.

Labels

DVDs must be labeled with the program name, exact running time and the producer's name and phone number.

Digital file format specifications

MPEG-2  

H.264

File extension 

.mpg or .mpeg

.mp4

TV standard

NTSC

NTSC

Aspect ratio

4:3 (SD)

16:9 (HD)

4:3 (SD)

16:9 (HD)

Frame width

720 X 480 (SD)

1920x1080 (HD)

720 X 480 (SD)

1920x1080 (HD)

Interlaced Scaling

Lower Field First

Lower Field First

Frame rate

29.97

29.97

Bit rate

4-10 Mbps

10-15 Mbps

Audio codec

MP2

AAC-LC

Audio sample rate

48.000kHz

48.000kHz

Audio channels

2 stereo

2 stereo

A completed program submission form is a requirement for the broadcast of your program. Click on the "Submission Form" link above, fill out the form, and then save it to your computer. You can then send the form, along with your digital video files, using the city's Send Files website here: 

If you need assistance contact Communications Specialist, Ben Vinar - BVinar@BloomingtonMN.gov

Programs produced outside Bloomington

Sponsorship is required for programming created by non-Bloomington residents. To air your program on BCAT Channel 16, please list a sponsor who is a:

  1. Resident of Bloomington;
  2. Employee working in Bloomington;
  3. Member of a Bloomington based organization; or
  4. Student attending a Bloomington school. 
  • Visit the BCAT Forms page to download the Sponsorship form.