Town Square Television Studio & Equipment Checkout: 651-451-7834
NDC4 Office: 651-450-9891
Online: Contact Form
Town Square Television Public Access Hours:
- Monday through Thursday 1 PM to 9 PM.
- Friday and Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM.
- Sunday: CLOSED
NDC4 Office Hours:
- Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5845 Blaine Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Directions: From I-494 Eastbound or Westbound, take Highway 52 South to the Upper 55th Street exit. Turn right onto Upper 55th Street at the top of the exit ramp (you will cross back over Highway 52). Continue straight through the first set of stoplights (Bishop Avenue), and turn right at the second set of stoplights onto Blaine Avenue. Our entrance is the second driveway on the right side of the street, just past the Applebee's/AmericInn driveway. You will see two large satellite dishes in front of a one-story concrete building with a brown shingled roof.
Public Access production facilities, like Town Square Television, empower the public (individuals and organizations) with access to television: the world's most powerful communications medium. Active members use video resources to express opinions and creativity, in a form that may be otherwise unavailable to them. Public Access services are available on a first come, first served basis - membership and proper training are all that is required.
A variety of production classes, for members of all abilities, are offered throughout the year, including HD Camera Production, Studio Production, Non-Linear Editing, Lighting, and Truck Production. For detailed descriptions of the classes and specific session dates and times, click here.
You can find out channels, on Comcast Xfinity Basic 1 Cable service, at 14,15,16, 18, 19, 20, and 21 in our seven-city area. CenturyLink Prism channels are located at Mosaic 31, or Channels 8414, 8415, 8416, 8418, 8419, 8420, and 8421. Click here for descriptions of our channels.
Our programming is seen in cable-viewing homes by subscribers to Comcast Xfinity TV in the cities of Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul. Our programming can be seen Twin Cities Metro-wide on CenturyLink Prism TV.
Town Square Television members, who complete an official certification course or pass a proficiency test, are considered qualified (members under 18 need written parental permission). Residents and non-residents can sign up for membership at any time for an annual fee. Low-cost certification courses are offered regularly, throughout the year, for members, and our taught by our staff. Local residency is required to submit non-commercial programs for replay on our Public Access, and Multifaith Access Channels.
Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers can view our channels on all cable TV packages, including Basic 1 service, in the cities of Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul. CenturyLink Prism TV subscribers can view our channels, Twin Cities metro-wide.
Information on subscribing to Comcast Xfinity TV Service is available by calling (651) 222-3333, or visiting www.xfinity.com. Information on subscribing to CenturyLink Prism TV service is available by calling 855-435-4173 or visiting www.centurylink/prismtv.
No, we are a separate entity from both Comcast and CenturyLink. Town Square Television provides local community television services for individuals and organizations. NDC4 provides consumer protection services for cable subscribers. Both Town Square Television and NDC4 staff are located in our Inver Grove Heights facility.
If you have an issue with the cable company and are a Comcast Xfinity subscriber in the Twin Cities area, start by calling Comcast at (651) 222-3333. If you have an issue with your cable service, and you are a CenturyLink Prism subscriber, start by calling CenturyLink at (877) 837-5738. If you are unable to resolve your question or problem directly with Comcast or CenturyLink, and you live in Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, or West St. Paul, you may call the Cable Commission at (651) 450-9891. If you do not live in the above-mentioned cities, call your city hall to find a local franchise authority.
No, we do not collect Comcast or CenturyLink cable equipment at our facility.
Comcast equipment may be dropped off at either an Xfinity Store, UPS Store, or UPS Drop Box. Click here to find more about Comcast's partnership with UPS.
Eagan Xfinity Store: 3325 Central Park Village Drive,Suite 100, Eagan, MN 55121
UPS Store: 1670 Robert Street South, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55118
UPS Drop Box: 5802 Blackshire Path, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
UPS Drop Box: 5842 Carmen Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
UPS Drop Box: 2918 Upper 55th Street, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
UPS Drop Box: 633 Concord Street, South St. Paul, MN 55075
UPS Drop Box: 501 Farwell Avenue, South St. Paul, MN 55075
CenturyLink equipment may be dropped of at CenturyLink's Woodbury location: 1605 Queens Drive, Suite 104, Woodbury, MN 55125.
The City Councils of our seven member cities formed the Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (NDC4) in 1982. They wished to pool resources to develop the best possible cable television system to serve their communities. NDC4 operates as a joint powers cooperative - enforcing the cable television franchise ordinances, providing LOCAL government and education channels, and overseeing the non-profit corporation,Town Square Television.
Citizens formed this "off-spring" non-profit, originally known as NDCTV, in 1987 to provide a LOCAL soapbox. They wanted to allow residents, and neighborhood organizations to speak their voices, and let cable television viewers hear locally relevant messages, unique to their community.
Funding for community television is provided through cable company payments (to Town Square Television), cable company franchise fees (to NDC4), and memberships, donations, class fees, program dub sales, custom video services, and sponsorship support (to Town Square Television).