There are two primary options for starting a television show with relatively little capital: public access television shows remain affordable to produce, but Internet-based television may allow for a wider audience. The choice comes down to the type of show and the intended audience.
To produce a television show, creators need both technical equipment and knowledge. Public access stations usually offer seminars to help beginners learn the basics of television production, and they can provide equipment such as digital cameras, editing systems and facilities, audio cables, and a studio. They can also provide access to professionals who are available to work on a television crew, sometimes for an exchange of labor. This can help a beginning show creator save money in a myriad of ways.
Starting a television show through the Internet has become a popular option for beginners, too. Shows that are designed for broadcast on YouTube or other video-sharing sites can be made with anything from a webcam to a single high-definition video camera. Creators build an audience for their Internet TV shows through social media and other forms of advertising, and if they can attract interest and sponsors, they can theoretically turn a profit. Internet TV also serves as a platform to launch talented performers and producers into broadcast television.