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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Spokane's Public, Education & Government Cable Channels On Comcast

Channel
Name
Type
Description

5 City PEG City Of Spokane - Government programming
7 KSPS PBS Spokane Public Schools - PBS
14 CMTV PEG Community Minded TV
15 Gonzaga ? Gonzaga
16 UWTV ? University Of Washington TV
17 Public Schools ? District 81 and EWU (Seldom if ever used by the schools)
18 KWSU PBS, Edu Washington State University TV - PBS including WSU programs
19 CCS ? Community Colleges Of Spokane - SCC has the studio?

Interesting stuff - from what I've found so far.
Please send updates and corrections.

Channel 5 - City of Spokane. A PEG channel - government only or does it include education too?
http://www.spokanecity.org/services/citycable5/
Spokane uses Channel 5 as a government access channel to provide information to the public. An independent public access channel is not reserved, but the City’s cable franchisee, Comcast, operates a community access Channel (Channel 14) for members of the public.
The five educational access channels, Comcast 15-19, are managed by the Spokane Cable Advisory Board for Learning - a consortium of local educational institutions serving the community’s educational access user needs, with resources supplied by the member schools, Comcast and other contributors.
I assume this channel broadcasts live directly to Comcast?
They have online videos available.
DVD's of original programming are available for $11/DVD
Programming starts at 6AM. In addition to live broadcasts, additional programming is created and broadcast along with national programming? including ARMY Newswatch and NASA: Destination Tomorrow. How do they get this additional programming?


Channel 7 - KSPS PBS The SPS stands for Spokane Public Schools who runs this PBS station
http://www.ksps.org/
Full broadcast TV station. Three channels which are KSPS World and KSPS Create and ???
Provides master control operations for two other stations: KWSU??? and  ???
Watch programs on line.
KSPS produces some shows
KSPS sells some DVDs for $20 along with PBS videos.
Provides broadcast  services for channels 14 through 18 - NOT channel 19 which is the Community Colleges of Spokane.
- Live satellite feeds: Gonzaga, KSPS, CM-TV, KWSU possibly.
- Satellite feeds stored on KSPS file server for broadcast times specified by ProTrack program scheduling: KSPS, CM-TV, KWSU
- File transfers (In SeaChange proprietary format) on hard drive to KSPS file server: KSPS, CM-TV, KWSU
- Send broadcast signal to transmitters via microwave: KWSU, eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, southeastern British Columbia, and most of Alberta including Calgary and Edmonton.
- Satellite broadcast on Star Choice satellite system across Canada

Channel 14 - CMTV
, PEG, - Spokane's community access channel for members of the public. At present CMTV's one channel broadcasts Public programs, Educational programs(is this correct?) and Government programs all on channel 14. The city of Spokane Valley is the government programs. All of the PEG programming applies to CMTV???

All CMTV programming goes to KSPS who then sends the programms via their file server to Comcast. KSPS can also send programs directly from satellite feeds directly to Comcast for CMTV - Democracy Now will use this service, and KSPS can put programs from satellites on the KSPS file server for CMTV to use. CMTV brings all their programming that does not originate from KSPS to KSPS on a hard drive. Usually once a week on Thursdays, and picks up the hard drive on Friday after the files on transfered to the KSPS program file server. A high speed ftp connection may be able to replace the weekly drives to and fro KSPS.

Channel 15 - Gonzaga, PEG? or just Education access? Managed by the Spokane Cable Advisory Board for Learning???
Gonzaga has a live studio for students to produce live shows. The shows are sent directly to Comcast via a fast fiber connection. Girls basket ball is also sent live to Comcast. Gonzaga only does live programming. When Gonzaga is not broadcasting live, KSPS provides a live satellite feed from the Classic Arts Showcase. It doesn't seem Gonzaga has a way to produce programs and then broadcast them.

If there are students at Gonzaga that want to produce programs, CMTV would be a great place to take the programs for broadcast.

Channel 16 - UWTV, Univerity of Washington's Satellite TV station. Education access? Managed by the Spokane Cable Advisory Board for Learning???
KSPS takes the UWTV satellite feed and sends it directly to Comcast.

Channel 17 - Spokane District 81 public schools, EWU, Education access? Managed by the Spokane Cable Advisory Board for Learning???
KSPS used to schedule some programming from their file server for District 81. This is seldom if ever done now????
KSPS used to schedule some programming from their file server for EWU. This is seldom if ever done now???
KSPS now connects a direct satellite feed to channel 17. If District 81 or EWU had some programming to broadcast it would be from KSPS's file server and then once the show was over the direct satellite feed would be back on. When I took a look at the channel it was:
http://www.dw-world.de/
German World TV in English. Lots of news and longer pieces about the world, with a European flavor. First rate. Comparable to BBC, and Al Jezeera.

Apparently this is the choice of the Spokane Cable Advisory Board For Learning???

Channel 18 - KWSU TV, Washington State University TV, Pullman and KTNW-TV, Richland
Education access? Managed by the Spokane Cable Advisory Board for Learning???
http://kwsu.org/
http://www.nwpr.org/07/about/About.aspx
KWSU is a public TV station with a selective mix of PBS programming and other education programs. KWSU & KTNW are managed by the Education & Public Media - which seems to have changed its name to KWSU Media Productions.
http://www.kwsumedia.org/
They sell their programs DVDs for $14 or more for sets.

Public Television Station KTNW, Channel 31, Richland, Washington is licensed to Washington State University. The studio is located on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, Washington. KTNW provides a full-service Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program schedule to residents of the Columbia Basin region. KWSU/KTNW also provides the Create Channel.

The program schedule shows five channels. 2 go to Pullman, 2 to the Tri-Cities and 1 shared by Richland and Pullman.

KSPS provides the programming from their file server for KWSU from satellite feeds and files delivered by hard drive to KSPS from Pullman. The broadcast is sent for broadcast in Pullman via microwave to a transponder that broadcasts the signal from KSPS?
Who provides the broadcasts for the other channels? KSPS via microwave? KWSU Media Productions?
Scheduling of the broadcasts is this done in Pullman by KWSU Media Productions? via ProTrack?

Channel 19 - CCS TV, Community Colleges of Spokane
Education access? Managed by the Spokane Cable Advisory Board for Learning???
SCC has the studio????
KSPS does NOT provide any services to CCS TV
When I looked at the channel it seemed to be German TV in German - perhaps DW TV like Channel 17 does.
Who is providing this satellite feed?
Is this station used any more than channel 17????



Spokane Cable Advisory Board for Learning - according the the city of Spokane's channel 5 website. The Spokane Cable Advisory Board for Learning manages the five educational access channels, Comcast 15-19. "This is a consortium of local educational institutions serving the community’s educational access user needs, with resources supplied by the member schools, Comcast and other contributors."

At one time, beginning in the 70's, School District 81, was broadcasting programs that were used in the schools. EWU in the past has broadcast some programs. KSPS sent the programs to Comcast for District 81 and EWU.  I don't know when CCS has done any broadcasting or what facilities they have to broadcast from. Does anyone? KSPS does not provide programming for CCS channel 19. In recent years there has been few? if any programs, broadcast by School District 81, EWU or CCS as far as I can tell.

This leaves two channels, 17 and 19, open for all sorts of programs from Spokane instead of the live satellite feeds they are presently broadcasting.

If there are funds for additional equipment for educational access channels these certainly could find all sorts of programming uses for the two under used channels.

Portland seems to have found plenty of creative ways to provide considerably more channels with programming from several local broadcast providers.

Spokane viewers certainly could benefit with these at least these two channels being programmed locally.
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Please send updates to this. As I receive more information I'll add them to this page link.

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