01-14-2009 06:50 PM
01-16-2009 09:52 AM
Many PBS stations offer "multicasting" of their OTA broadcast, which means they may offer subchannels such as PBS Create, mHz Worldview, or Documentaries. Comcast sometimes retransmits these OTA "subchannels" on cable, sometimes they don't. In my area, Comcast carries two PBS affiliates (KCTS and KBTC). Comcast offers three feeds of KCTS, but only one of KBTC's four OTA feeds.
If you receive good antenna reception of the desired PBS stations, you could pick up a digital converter box and connect it to your TV so you could switch back-and-forth between the Comcast feed and the OTA feed. The key here, though, is "if you receive good antenna reception". I've experimented extensively with OTA converter boxes because I like some of the subchannels not currently transmitted by Comcast, but digital TV antenna reception is more difficult than analog antenna reception.
01-17-2009 12:05 PM
Doesn't Comcast own or in a joint venture with PBS in PBS Kids Sprout? In addition, we have so many listings on our Channel Guide here (SE Michigan) that I can't figure them out any longer:
6 - WTVS
97 - WTVS but only appears on a non HD box (appears to be an analog channel
240 - PBS1 HD
241 - PBS2 HD (shows a 1081i signal through the box, but a 480i signal w/o the box and can be seen on a non HD TV). The programming does NOT match what is shown on the guide. It matches channel 6. ??????
242 WTVS 3 - Create
In addtion to the PBS Kids Sprout channel.
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