Portable Channel was founded in Rochester, New York, in 1972 as a community media and documentary center. The center's activities included providing portable video equipment access and training workshops, producing for broadcast and cable TV, and publishing a quarterly newsletter, Feedback/Feedforward.
Portable Channel was one of the first small-format video centers to have an ongoing relationship with a local PBS affiliate, WXXI, in Rochester. This collaboration resulted in the regular broadcast of Homemade TV, a series featuring videotapes by staff, interns, workshop members, and guest artists. After 15 years of serving the Rochester community, Portable Channel closed its doors due to declining economic conditions. The archives of Portable Channel are housed at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.