Originally Posted by feinstei
When is the PBS affiliate in South Bend going to begin broadcasting some sub-channels with unique content? Every other PBS station in America seems to be able to manage at least 3 subchannels.
It might depend on how mch money WNIT brings in for being able to carry certain subchannels. I hear that World & V-Me are free services (I know V-Me is, because that was the reason WTTW picked up the network), while Create costs money. I don't know how much it costs to affiliate with Create, but I know it was too much for WYIN in Merrillville (licensed to Gary, but has their tower in Lake Dalecarlia, between Cedar Lake & Lowell), that they dropped the network. I don't know if WTTW was carrying it at the same time, but they have it available for Chicagoland viewers. I'm not sure what it costs to affiliate with Mhz Worldview (not affiliated in anyway with PBS), but any costs might be less than for Create (WYCC Chicago carries this network). I'm surprised WNIT hasn't thought of programming their own 24 hour children's channel, or even a 24 hour primetime channel (like WTTW does with WTTW Prime). Those 2 channels programmed in-house might cost them next to nothing, because it usually doesn't involve extra people to program it, & they already have the programming available. For WTTW Chicago, WTTW Prime costs them nothing to program, because they're using existing staff to program the channel, & they have the rights to the programs they carry. With the locally programmed primetime channel, they're able to reair programs in a different time slot on WTTW Prime, along with reairing locally produced programs. They also air programs that might not fit into the schedule of the main channel. I know in the case of This Old House & Ask This Old House, those are shown as separate programs on the main WTTW channel, while on WTTW Prime, both are shown as the This Old House Hour with This Old House first, then Ask This Old House second.
Before I forget, V-Me has a lot of PBS programming, but they're run independent of PBS, & is in Spanish. I don't know what the Spanish speaking population is in South Bend to even consider carrying V-Me.