Where is our PBS station???

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Where is our PBS station???

When we signed up for Verse, we were told that both of our local PBS stations would be carried.  When we got the service, we found out that only one of the stations is carried.  Why on earth would AT&T not carry all possible PBS stations??  With all the lousy programming that is available, surely AT&T can carry three or four good stations. 

 

We would drop AT&T right now if it were not for the fact that we're learning about OTA TV and plan to avail ourselves of it.  Maybe it'll turn out to be so good we can drop AT&T altogether. 

 

Alternatively, does anyone know how we can get our local PBS station via AT&T?  It is not on their list, and a phone call confirmed that they do not carry it.  Thanks!

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ACE - Professor

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mgirard wrote:

When we signed up for Verse, we were told that both of our local PBS stations would be carried.  When we got the service, we found out that only one of the stations is carried.  Why on earth would AT&T not carry all possible PBS stations??  With all the lousy programming that is available, surely AT&T can carry three or four good stations. 

 

We would drop AT&T right now if it were not for the fact that we're learning about OTA TV and plan to avail ourselves of it.  Maybe it'll turn out to be so good we can drop AT&T altogether. 

 

Alternatively, does anyone know how we can get our local PBS station via AT&T?  It is not on their list, and a phone call confirmed that they do not carry it.  Thanks!


 

Our PBS station here in St. Louis, KETC Channel 9, consists of the main channel that is carried on U-Verse in both SD and HD, as well as three sub channels which are not carried on U-Verse. Unfortunately, U-Verse does not carry sub channels which I assume the PBS station that you are not receiving is one.

 

The solution is to have an an antenna for OTA-TV and a converter box if your extra television is not a high definition television. I am sure some of the more versed regulars on this forum can let you know what type of setup to do so that you can recieve both U-Verse and OTA TV on the same television.

 


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Master

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As dwinth said an OTA will solve this just make sure you get an VHF/UHF design because they have been known to swap and move from one band to the other and most advertised HDTV antennas are of the UHF band so a good 

Channel Master or Wineguard will work.

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You don't mention what market you live in so it's difficult to opine.  AT&T is only "required" to carry 1 PBS station in a Designated Market Area (DMA). However, there are several where the carry more than one. I would venture to say it's more than likely a "distance" issue. (They can't pick up a good quality OTA signal to retransmit to their subs).  Post where you live and the call letters of the missing PBS someone will probably reply...

 

Unless you are referrig to the digital sub-channels which several folks have already responded.

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ACE - Expert

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Actually most, if not all, are on a direct feed to the VHO in every market and not OTA. Smiley Wink


Chris

 


Please NO SD stretch-o-vision or 480 SD HD Channels
1-800-288-2020, After he gets acct info, press # a bunch of times, get a menu from Mr. Voice recognition
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I Call It Like I See It, Simply a U-verse user, nothing more

 

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Tutor

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You can access PBS online. You can hook up your computer to your TV and use your Att Internet Connection to bypass the fact that Att TV does not have PBS and use Att Internet to watch PBS.... Rediculoise. <---Spelled wrong to show emphasis.

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ACE - Master

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mgirard wrote:

When we signed up for Verse, we were told that both of our local PBS stations would be carried.  When we got the service, we found out that only one of the stations is carried.  Why on earth would AT&T not carry all possible PBS stations??  With all the lousy programming that is available, surely AT&T can carry three or four good stations. 

 

We would drop AT&T right now if it were not for the fact that we're learning about OTA TV and plan to avail ourselves of it.  Maybe it'll turn out to be so good we can drop AT&T altogether. 

 

Alternatively, does anyone know how we can get our local PBS station via AT&T?  It is not on their list, and a phone call confirmed that they do not carry it.  Thanks!


What zip code are you in?

 

In Indianapolis, we get WFYI 20 from Indy and WTIU 30 from Bloomington.  

 

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Mentor

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I do not watch PBS stations but is not PBS a network of stations that show the same programming on all the channels?  That is the way it is in Georgia.  PBS stations are throughout the state but they all show the same programs with the exception of Atlanta which has an additional PBS station that show local content.

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ACE - Expert

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PBS is a network of stations, but the local affiliates are often owned by a state network of stations (who usually operate in lockstep).  Otherwise, the scheduling of PBS shows on PBS stations is pretty haphazard, unlike the experience of NBC, CBS, et al.

 

Wikipedia has a decent article on PBS and sort of helps dilieniate the differences.

 

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We just got U-verse installed today, and my wife is furious.  Both PBS Create and PBS Q are no longer available in the Austin area.

 

Now I have this year contract with ATT and a wife who will be giving me grief for the next year.  Why cannot ATT provide this local access?

 

I, personally, would like to see Al Jezerra and RT TV.  I guess that is just programing large company like ATT doesn't want us to see.  Of course, neither does Time Warner.

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ACE - Professor

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givememore wrote:

We just got U-verse installed today, and my wife is furious.  Both PBS Create and PBS Q are no longer available in the Austin area.

 

Now I have this year contract with ATT and a wife who will be giving me grief for the next year.  Why cannot ATT provide this local access?

 

I, personally, would like to see Al Jezerra and RT TV.  I guess that is just programing large company like ATT doesn't want us to see.  Of course, neither does Time Warner.


U-Verse does not carry substations at this time for the most part. The exception is ME-TV in a lot of markets.

 

As far as Al Jazerra American and RT-TV, you can make your requests on this site:   http://uversechannels.att.com/

 

Always check the channel lineup before you sign up for any television provider, especially if you have a contract.

 


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ACE - Master

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You can pick up both those stations OTA (Over the Air) with an antenna (rabbit ears work fine):

 

PBS Create is channel 18.2

PBS Q is channel 18.3

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ACE - Master

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skeeterintexas wrote:

You can pick up both those stations OTA (Over the Air) with an antenna (rabbit ears work fine):

 

PBS Create is channel 18.2

PBS Q is channel 18.3


The problem with OTA is not being able to record the digital subchannels using the AT&T DVR and that rabbit ears work when you are close enough (but not too close toi get overload).  I just wish that AT&T would carry the DTV subs.

 

Yes, checking the line-ups is a personal responsibility.

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