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Column: Local programs coming to cable

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Commentary by Pete Smith

In case you missed it, the Carmel Greyhounds high school football team will be playing for the state championship Nov. 30 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

I know not everyone has braved the elements to cheer on the local team this year, and I’m sure many people prefer to watch the games when they’re aired on the local cable channel – that is if you subscribe with Brighthouse.

But soon AT&T cable subscribers might have the option to watch at home, too.

“The City of Carmel and representatives from AT&T are working diligently to finalize the agreement that will bring Carmel’s award-winning Government Access Channel to AT&T customers,” said city spokeswoman Nancy Heck. “Once the agreement is complete, AT&T customers will be able to view Carmel’s Government Access Channel through a drop down menu along with other options currently accessible from Channel 99. While the City remains hopeful that all approvals could be reached by the end of 2013, it may be the first quarter of 2014 before the agreement is finalized.”

And the award-winning part refers to the Carmel cable program’s second consecutive national award for overall excellence in governmental access from the Alliance for Community Media.

“The City and our local video production company, The OMNI Centre for Public Media, are dedicated to providing the community with the highest quality productions, which serve to inform the community about government meetings, projects, activities and events to keep our residents and businesses better connected and involved,” Heck said.

But until the deal is sealed, it’s best to attend the game in person and cheer on the Greyhounds. I’ll see you out there.


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