Submit Your Content

The most rewarding part of creating a video is sharing it with the community. MetroEast will help you get your program in front of viewers on Cable Television and the Internet.

Cable Television

The MetroEast Playback Department schedules and plays programs on six Channels on Comcast Cable and Frontier FiOs Cable. These channels reach more than 350,000 homes throughout the Portland metropolitan area.

Internet

Most programs produced at MetroEast will also be uploaded to our "Cloudcast" servers, for viewing anywhere, anytime. Don't have Cable TV? You can view a live stream of our Cable Television channels by visiting the Watch page.

Broadcast Your Content!

Videos produced using MetroEast equipment must be given to Playback for broadcast on cable television channels. 

What is Playback?

MetroEast's Playback Department schedules and plays programs on six channels that reaches more than 350,000 homes throughout the Portland metropolitan area!

To submit your programs you should:

  1. Attend a free MetroEast Orientation Class. (Register here: Class Schedule)
  2. Complete the On-Line Cablecast Request form. This document gives MetroEast permission to air your program, provides us with information about the video, and gives you the opportunity to select preferred dates and times for broadcast.
  3. Submit your media. Provide a copy of your finished program to the Playback Department. Shows may be delivered by hand with a USB flash drive or hard disk drive and appointment, or can be shared via a cloud server service such as Dropbox or Google Drive. 

Content Creators

One of the most effective ways to improve the viewership of your programs is to create a series. These shows will be aired at a consistent date and time, so that your audience can easily find your videos.

Series are scheduled on a quarterly basis (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall), and you can choose to premiere a new show once per month, every two weeks, or weekly. We can also reserve equipment for you on a regular schedule to facilitate your production.

The two-week window for applying to start a new series, or continue an existing one, is offered four times per year. If you would like to be notified when the next application process is active, please contact loren@metroeast.org.

About the Channels

MetroEast plays programs on six channels, on two cable television systems. When a program is played, it can be seen on three different channels simultaneously. Programs created by community members would be scheduled on the Community Access Network and the MetroEast Community Channels.

Comcast Cable Channel 327(HD), 27, Frontier Channel 35

This channel offers gavel-to-gavel coverage of meetings of the Gresham Barlow School District Board and Reynolds School District Board, programs produced by students and teachers, or related to education, and arts programming from Classic Arts Showcase and local events. These programs reach East Multnomah County, including Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, and Wood Village. The channel reaches about 60,000 homes.

Comcast Cable Channel 330(HD), 30, Frontier Channel 38

This channel offers gavel-to-gavel live and replayed coverage of meetings of local government jurisdictions, including Multnomah County, and the cities of Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, and Portland.

Comcast Cable Channel 322(HD), 22, Frontier Channel 33

This channel features programs produced by MetroEast staff, or community producers outside the Portland metro area, including space and science programs from NASA. These programs reach East Multnomah County, including Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, and Wood Village. The channel reaches about 60,000 homes.

Comcast Cable Channel 321(HD), 21, Frontier Channel 32

This channel features programs produced by community members and MetroEast staff. It reaches about 180,000 homes in East Multnomah County, including Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, and Wood Village, as well as most of Portland. 

Comcast Cable Channel 329(HD), 29, Frontier Channel 37

This channel features programs created by the staff of MetroEast or Open Signal (Portland Community Media), and programs acquired by them that are not available on commercial television.

Comcast Cable Channel 331(HD), 11, Frontier Channel 22

This channel is shared by four Community Media Centers in the Portland Area (MetroEast, Open Signal, Willamette Falls Media Center, Tualatin Valley Community TV). Each participating center broadcasts programs on the channel for a few hours per day, and also carries the programming in their service area, which allows this channel to reach more than 350,000 cable subscriber homes in the metro area.