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NYCTV wants to bring the spirit of public access to the web

NYC.TV founders Kareem Ahmed, Alex Serio, and Max Nelson

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Every minute, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. Approximately 299 of those hours consist of a kitten playing Minecraft while unboxing his mall haul (or some variation thereof).

The recently launched NYC.TV plans to add a little five-boroughs funk to the mix. Created by alums of VICE, The New York Times, and Vox Media, the platform will offer New York-centric filmmakers a platform for getting their content seen in a seemingly endless sea of cat videos.

Inspired by public-access broadcasting, the NYC.TV team – currently working out of the NEW INC space – will produce, distribute, and promote video that not only captures the public airwaves’ famously bizarre broadcasts, but also better connects people with their city.

“We want to be reflective of what people are making and what people are interested in,” cofounder Alex Serio told us. “It’s programming by the people, for the people, which is where that connection with public-access comes in, but I think we want to tell stories that aren’t limited to that…”

They’re halfway through a Kickstarter campaign, which features some appropriately unusual rewards – a car ride with New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica, among them.

They’re also on the hunt for submissions. Got a great idea or a finished video project you want to get seen? Reach out to the NYC.TV team here.

Now go forth (and get weird).

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