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BTV: Bloomington TV

Bloomington TV programming can be viewed on the following channels.

  • Comcast SD: Channel 14
  • Comcast HD: Channel 859
  • Centurylink HD: Channel 8214

Sources of BTV programming

BTV broadcasts premiere programming from the City of Bloomington (BCIT), Bloomington Community Access Television (BCAT) and the Bloomington School District (BEC). See below for more information about each of these programming sources.

Bloomington City Information Television (BCIT)

Government access cable television provides information about government and community programs, services, events and issues. Programs may be entertaining, but our main purpose is communicating information.

Live meetings on BTV

City Council

Watch your elected City officials in action on BTV. The agenda will be broadcast on BTV 14 / 859 (HD) at 6:30 p.m. before each meeting.

  • LIVE biweekly Mondays at 7 p.m.
  • Replayed on:
    • Following Wednesday at 7 p.m.
    • Following Thursday 1 and 7 a.m., 1 p.m.

Planning Commission

Watch hearings on developmental issues on BTV 14 / 859 (HD). Our events calendar shows Planning Commission meeting dates.   

  • LIVE biweekly Thursdays at 6 p.m.
  • Replayed on:
    • Same evening 12 midnight
    • Following Friday 6 a.m., 12 noon

Programs produced by Bloomington City Information Television

Bloomington Today

This magazine-format news show covers the City Council, City services, City staff, development in Bloomington and other governmental issues. Airs Wednesday through Monday on BTV 14 / 859 (HD). Bloomington Today is also available on YouTube.

Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Thursday 12:30 and 6:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Friday 10 p.m.
Saturday 4 and 10 a.m., 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 and 6:30 a.m., 12:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Monday 4:30 and 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m.

Roll Call

This monthly report is produced by the Bloomington Police Department. Tune to BTV 14 / 859 (HD) for information on burglary, theft, vandalism and arrests each week in Bloomington. Roll Call is also available on YouTube.

Friday 6 p.m.
Saturday 12 and 6 a.m., 12 and 6 p.m.
Sunday 12 and 6 a.m., 12 and 10 p.m.
Monday 4 and 10 a.m., 4 and 6 p.m.
Tuesday 12 and 6 a.m., 12 and 11:30 p.m.
Wednesday 5:30 and 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.

Other government programming

BCIT also covers other governmental, Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters meetings that deal with governmental issues.

Program guidelines

Any program produced by the City of Bloomington's governmental organizations may be cablecast by BCIT on The BTV 14 / 859 (HD). Programs produced by other governmental agencies or other community organizations may be cablecast on behalf of BCIT, provided they have interest and value for the citizens of Bloomington. Such programs shall also be subject to the approval of the City Manager or the City Manager's representative.

Programs that contain, in whole or in part, any of the following subject matter will not be cablecast by the government access organization:

A. Commercial message or material

Anything promoting a product or a service, with the primary objective of producing a monetary profit for a specific commercial organization or individual, may not be aired in a BCIT program. This is not to preclude the incidental mention of a business or product, as part of a program, where the primary purpose is to disseminate information of public benefit. Businesses, individuals and organizations may be acknowledged for assistance in the production of a program or the provision of other means of support.

B. Political campaigning

Government access programming will not be used for political campaigning by individuals or organizations seeking public office or legislation. BCIT cannot be used for solicitation of funds nor for political purposes. This is not to preclude the cablecasting of political debates or candidates' meetings, provided that fairness and equal time rules are followed. Also not precluded shall be the possibility of cablecasting reports by current elected officials regarding the status of issues and other governmental business, providing again, that fairness and equal time rules are followed where applicable.

C. Religious material

Programming generally considered religious in nature will not be allowed. Program material that would advocate a particular religious belief will also not be produced by BCIT. Religious organizations or ideals may be mentioned as incidental information as part of a program. This rule will not preclude the appearance of a clergy or individual representing a particular religion as part of a program providing general information.

D. Obscenity and defamation

Every effort will be made to assure that all programs cablecast by BCIT adhere to the rules of the Minnesota Cable Communications Statute 238 and community standards relative to obscenity and defamation.

Schedule and program priorities

The City of Bloomington shall determine priorities for the production and cablecasting of programs in accordance with these guidelines and available resources. Responsibility for planning, budgeting and operation shall be as designated by the City Manager.

Funding

Funding for the operation of the government access organization will be as appropriated by the City Council from the annual franchise fees received as a result of the operation of the cable television system in the City of Bloomington. Other support may be provided through services such as grants from other agencies and assistance from the cable television franchise holder, as required by the franchise ordinance.                    

Bloomington Community Access Television (BCAT)

Bloomington Community Access Television is a public forum dedicated to free speech. Individuals and organizations learn the basics of television production to create television shows that are cablecast to Bloomington cable subscribers on Channel 16. Classes and production equipment are available for all members of the Bloomington Community.

Bloomington Educational Cable Television (BEC)

Serves cable subscribers with educational and school based programming from all of Bloomington's public and private educational institution.

Watch Bloomington TV video content online

  • YouTube – Most videos produced by the City (except live-streamed meetings) are uploaded to YouTube.
  • City meetings – Most City Council and Planning Commission meetings are streamed live and then archived on the City's agenda management service. If a video is available, you can click on the "Play video" icon to view it.