Georgia Tech Cable Network

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The Georgia Tech Cable Network (GTCN) is the on-campus television provider of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Established in 1995,[1] GTCN serves the on-campus buildings, especially Georgia Tech Housing.[2]


They have a 123-channel lineup,[3] 24 of which are HD, and two of which (channels 20 and 21) they generate content for themselves.[3] In particular, they have a show called "Ramblin' Research" that shows professors' research and personal interests.[4] In addition, they show many recent movies.[5][6] The network is also part of the Georgia Tech emergency notification system.[7]

Dish Network provides most of GTCN's non-original programming.[8] The service also rebroadcasts several Atlanta-area high-definition channels.[9] The source of this high-definition content is not Dish Network; it is instead taken directly from local over-the-air broadcasts. GTCN also has one of the widest selections of international channels of cable networks in the United States.[10][11]


The Georgia Tech Cable Network was initially established in 1995, and had 54 channels.[12] There was an interactive show called TutorVision, where Georgia Tech students called in questions to be worked live on TV.[13] Other past shows include Tech Shorts and Dr. Staff, humor shows about life at Georgia Tech.[14][15]

GTCN used to broadcast WREK-FM, Georgia Tech's student-run radio station, on channel 17 from 2003 to early 2009. According to then general manager, Trey Rhodes, the station was “never really notified about [GTCN taking us off the channel], no warning beforehand at all." The station management had an agreement with GTCN that they would be receiving another channel for their new HD content, but instead were demoted to background music for the channel guide. Carol Pulliam, the general manager of GTCN, defended this decision by stating that demoting WREK-FM would allow for the creation of three more HD channels on the network.[16]


  1. ^ Bardwell, Rebekah (2000-08-25). "GTCN-it’s always on". The Technique. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Housing Offices and People: GTCN". Archived from the original on 2007-04-17. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Channel Lineup". Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Ramblin' Research". GTCN. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  5. ^ "GTCN CinemaSelect". Archived from the original on 2007-04-17. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  6. ^ "CinemaSelect This Month". Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  7. ^ Pon, Corbin (2007-08-24). "Tech answers call to improve security". The Technique. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  8. ^ "GTCN needs to “Dish” up Jacket cagers". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  9. ^ "ResNet FAQ". Archived from the original on 2007-04-16. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  10. ^ Subramanian, Arjun (2003-06-27). "GTCN approves new cable channel line up". The Technique. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  11. ^ "Student Diversity Continues to Rise at Tech: Most International Freshmen Ever; Growth in Georgia Students" (Press release). Georgia Institute of Technology. 2003-06-30.  "An informal survey conducted by GTCN suggests their international line-up is larger than those of the cable systems serving the top 25 universities for international students."
  12. ^ "GTCN History". GTCN. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  13. ^ "TutorVision". Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  14. ^ Bardwell, Rebekah (2000-08-25). "GTCN-it's always on". The Technique (Georgia Tech Student Publications). Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  15. ^ "GTCN Video Vault". GTCN. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  16. ^ Cai, Sijia (2009-03-06). "GTCN decides to drop station dedicated to WREK". The Technique. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 

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