Was able to catch Alison Krauss the other day. Don't recall if it was Soundstage or Austin City Limits. PQ was a bit iffy, similar to How to Cook Everything. SQ was good, though 2 channel only. I could listen to her sing all day.
Here in Denver last time I checked (havent paid much attention lately), the main PBS channel, KRMA, simulcasts their analog programming from 6 am to 6 pm to satisfy that requirement and then switches over to the National PBS HD feed for the other 12 hours.
They arent running any subchannels so the quality is good but every time I tune to it in the evenings it's most always something I've already seen or otherwise not interested in. Which is why I havent tuned in much at all lately as I said and why the 12/12 scenario I mentioned above may not exactly be accurate these days. Maybe it's 15/9 anymore, who knows.
Which is why the satellite providers should pick up the national HD feed and run it 24/7. Sure, there are repeats, but you'll be able to get shows more on your schedule, instead of the 10 or 12-hour plans of those PBS stations who are still willing to pay for the national HD feed.
But don't hold your breath for D* or E* to pick up the HD feed. They probably have a pact that neither will succumb to the tempation. Your only option is to pick up either Star Choice or Bell ExpressVu. It is part of their HD packages, and, like the other US HD network feeds, it doesn't matter where you live.
PBS aired a Morman Tabernacle Choir special last Christmas. It was wonderful. The following may be a repeat or may be a new program:
Christmas with the Morman Tabernacle Choir featuring Audra McDonald
Somewhat off thread topic, but I felt compelled to comment that this season's MTC program paled in comparison to last year's. Audra McDonald is beautiful and has an awesome voice but last year's show was one of the best Christmas concerts I have ever seen.
The St. Olaf concert was definitely not in HD, although PBS said it was in their intro. It was a wonderful concert, but I also wish it had DD 5.1 like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert and the Nightingale telecasts.
A profile of the French Post-Impressionist painter. Included: his development of multiple perspective; his relationship with writer Emile Zola; his life in Paris as a young artist. Also: interviews with descendants, art historians and artists.
Granted that this is locally produced on DC PBS station WETA and premieres Thursday, March 2, at 8 pm, I assume it will show up on PBS national sooner or later.