Just curious for someone who might know.
I was at a friends house in MSP and noticed they had a channel called PioneerTV, this was on DirecTV. I found TPT2 but couldn't find any other sub channels of PBS. I looked up PioneerTV online and it looks like it comes out of Appleton MN and is carried on several smaller channels but none available to me in MSP via OTA.
It wouldnt be OTA here in Minneapolis as our PBS is KTCA. The reason KWCM (Pioneer) and KAWB (Lakeland PBS Bemidji) is carried on satellite is because those areas are still considered the Minneapolis market (DMA)...therefore satellite subs get 4 PBS stations (KTCA, KTCI, KAWB, KWCM). Directv also gives them MN channel which is labelled 17-2.
It looked like there were several OTA channels under the Pioneer name, including:
10.1 the main Pioneer channel I found on DirecTV but not OTA in MSP.
10.2 Pioneer Create, another channel unavailable OTA in MSP.
10.3 Pioneer MN, seems to be basically like the MN channel OTA in MSP.
10.4 Pioneer World, another channel unavailable OTA in MSP.
10.5 Pioneer Kids, seems to be basically like the TPT Kids channel OTA in MSP.
My question is this, why does a small market like Appleton(although the 10.x channels according to RabbitEars is broadcast out of Alex.....) have several PBS channels we can't get in MSP? I seem to remember PBS World and even Create a few years ago but not lately.
The station is licensed to Appleton and their tower is a few miles SE of town. They are considered the PBS station for West Central/SW MN and is carried on cable instead of KTCA. They have a satellite station KSMN in Worthington and carried on Sioux Falls locals on satellite. They have a translator in Fergus Falls too.
10.3 Pioneer MN is the same thing as MN channel here. All PBS stations in MN and ironically ND carry MN channel.
10.5 Kids is the same feed as what we get but its in SD there
10.1 is their PBS feed. Other than few local shows its pretty much the same as KTCA
10.2 Create and 10.4 World are options they decided to carry. Up on the Big Dish (6 foot and larger) PBS provides the following stations for affiliates
-PBS East and West (national feed)...obviously they can pre-empt programs with their own programming
-PBS Kids in HD
-Create in SD
-World in SD
-First Nations Experience
TPT decided not to carry the full Create feed and instead picks and chooses programs. As for World.....alot of the programs are either reruns or items we get on KTCI already. I'm shocked TPT doesnt carry FNX here. I've seen it OTA on KAWB Brainerd and its pretty interesting.
Alot of markets carry either World or PBS Encore. Some are mixed with say Create part of the time and Encore the other. I assume TPT considers KTCI as "PBS Encore"