On June 22 and into June 23, 2016, C-SPAN took video footage of the House floor from individual House representatives via streaming services Periscope and Facebook Live during a sit-in by House Democrats asking for a vote on gun control measures after the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.
For example, one essay contest winner wrote about how C-SPAN's non-fiction book programming serves as a resource in his charitable mission to record non-fiction audio books for people who are blind.
C-SPAN is a private, nonprofit organization, funded by a 6¢ per subscriber affiliate fee paid by its cable and satellite affiliates, and does not have advertisements on any of its networks, radio stations, or websites, nor does it ever solicit donations or pledges.
The network operates independently, and neither the cable industry nor Congress has control of the content of its programming.
In addition to real-time streams of C-SPAN's television networks online, features further live programming such as committee hearings and speeches that are broadcast later in the day, after the House and Senate have left.
The C-SPAN network's core programming is live coverage of the U. House and Senate, with the C-SPAN channel emphasizing the United States House of Representatives.