Idaho Public Television announces signal changes in Priest Lake community

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Idaho Public Television’s signal broadcasting to the Priest Lake area has changed.

Following the re-channeling of translator K42GT-D, viewers in the Priest Lake area who receive IdahoPTV via an over-the-air antenna lost their signal and need to perform a “rescan” of their TV tuners to find the updated signal. After rescanning, viewers will continue to receive IdahoPTV on broadcast channel 26.

Information on performing a rescan is located here: fcc.gov/rescan.

Translator K42GT-Dwas broadcasting on frequency channel 42 (received by TV tuners as channel 26). However, T-Mobile purchased that frequency and is paying for IdahoPTV to relocate to a new channel. The new translator (K36PW-D) will broadcast on frequency channel 36, which will continue to be received by TV tuners as channel 26.

The Priest Lake translator sits in the middle of T-Mobile’s purchased spectrum and is required to change channels or terminate operations entirely. IdahoPTV applied for and received a new channel assignment to continue broadcasting in the area.

“A nod should be given to T-Mobile in that they graciously offered to pay for the equipment and services necessary to relocate our service to a new channel,” says Rich Van Genderen, IdahoPTV’s director of technology. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”

An entity of the Idaho State Board of Education, Idaho Public Television is a statewide multimedia network with transmitters and translator stations that reach nearly 100 percent of all Idaho households with free over-the-air broadcast signals. IdahoPTV broadcasts across five digital channels through five full-power transmitters (KAID, Boise; KCDT, Coeur D’Alene; KIPT, Twin Falls; KISU, Pocatello; and KUID, Moscow) and offers streaming content and educational resources through its website: idahoptv.org. IdahoPTV is among the most-watched PBS affiliate networks per capita in the United States. The mission of Idaho Public Television is to “harness the power of public media to encourage lifelong learning, connect our communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans. We tell Idaho’s stories.”

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