Does anyone care to speculate on the likelihood of western time shift PBS option in the near future?
I suspect you night mean an HD timeshift. Here in the west, we have a PBS HD west, but only an SD PBS east. I've been asking for an HD timeshift for a couple years -- even sending snail mail letters to head office -- but still nothing has happened. I would wish for WNED Buffalo, rather than Detroit, actually, since all their programming comes on their main channel. Detroit now puts some of the major programming on one of their sub channels, which I doubt we would ever get.
It makes no sense to me. The other US networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are virtually identical every day (just 3 hours apart). PBS stations, on the other hand, pick up different programming, so they are not all the same.
I can't help being suspicious that the Shaw family simply does not like PBS.
I too would really like to have an eastern HD feed of PBS. Detroit has a lot of shows that Spokane doesn't televise.
I too have been wishing for a timeshifted PBS. This station (WNED, WTVS, even one from Minnesota), along with the other public and non-commercial HD stations - Turner Classic Movies and CBC News Network, deserve space on Shaw. Let subscribers determine their worthiness by paying for them, as we do for everything else. Heck, thre is even a second PBS border station available locally - but only over the air to the southern suburbs of Vancouver (and maybe to Victoria), KBTC, which is broadcast out of Bellingham, WA. But even not available on Shaw (which maybe a CRTC issue, rather than strictly under Shaw's control, I'll admit). Still, KBTC is a PBS alternative to its same-market PBS station, KCTS.
Shaw was first to offer Turner Classic Movies (standard definition). It seems so strange that they would be amongst the last to add the HD version (assuming they ever do). High definition's aspect ratio suits movies so well.
I can receive the KBTS station from Bellingham in splendid high definition with a small indoor antenna. Obviously they do not have the buying power of KCTS, but do still provide a nice over-the-air alternative. I'm pretty sure CRTC regulations only allow a provider to carry two PBS channels from two different time zones, so I don't think we could see KCTS and KBTS together on cable, satellite or IPTV.
Sorry everyone, I was a little vague at first because I am not currently a shaw customer but I want to be. I am in Winnipeg and currently I receive WTVS Detroit, Prairie Public Fargo, and the Seattle KCTS. Although there is no HD option I love the Detroit Channel, the Fargo one is ok but because of it's size there programming is limited. The Seattle one seems almost like a PBS superstation if there could be such a thing. Now here is the dilemma: Cable providers pretty much have to provide the nearest PBS station because PBS stations get their funds from that market, but the bigger market PBS stations have more purchasing power for programming. Moreover, Shaw direct formerly Starchoice, already has a variety of PBS options. I am not saying that Shaw should be the same as Shaw Direct but c'mon through the cable viewer a bone here. I am not asking for a choice between Seattle and Spokane just a western time shift option.
There is a West coast SD and HD feed of PBS
There is an East coast SD feed of PBS
All the other U.S. networks have HIGH DEFINITION feed from East coast and West coast -- ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX -- so why not PBS? There used to be, until about 2 years ago
Those networks have almost entirely the same schedule. The different PBS channels buy some different programming, so are not a complete duplicate. Many Canadians think enough of this programming to contribute money to the stations. All other major providers offer 2 high definition feeds of PBS!
In the Vancouver area, Shaw is the only provider not offering two high definition PBS feeds. Those who have their service from Telus, Delta Cable (Eastlink) and Bell enjoy this advantage.
Just missed an excellent KCTS HD (Seattle PBS) program called Classical Rewind. Unfortunately my guide shows no repeats (at least for the next 2 weeks). Nevertheless, if I want to catch the program in SD on WTVS (Detroit PBS), there are 8 repeats over the same time period. So, what stops Shaw from adding a time-shifted PBS HD station like WTVS HD or WNED HD?
I suspect it probably has something to do with the disproportionate amount of donations the Fargo station receives from the Winnipeg market. It is not like there is a regulatory restraint as PBS time shifts are available with other providers.
Yeah, if the SD feed is offered, it isn't a regulatory issue
If you live on the West coast
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