OnMedia: Doing the MPTV shuffle
It used to be simple, Milwaukee Public TV had two channels, 10 and 36.
Then came digital TV and public television outlets boosted the number of channels they offer, providing jazz and classical music along with the PBS programming.
Well, digital TV remains something of a work in progress, and plans are progressing to offer HD programming on Channel 36, in addition to high-definition programming that airs on Channel 10.
That's just one of the reason for a shuffling of MPTV's digital sub-channels that's scheduled to happen on the morning of Sept. 1.
Perhaps the more important reason is continuing problems with Channel 10's reception.
The reasons are complicated, starting with the fact that over-the-air digital channels aren't really the number that pops up on your TV screen. Most are actually UHF channels, but they continue to use the old numbers viewers knew in the analog broadcasting days.
Channel 10 is a relative rarity, it's actually broadcasting on Channel 8, a VHF channel. And one of the things broadcasters have learned since the digital transition last year is that VHF digital channels have some problems.
MPTV general manager Ellis Bromberg says more than 1,000 calls, letters and e-mails have come in since the transition complaining of problems with Channel 10 reception.
"We'll see if this really resolves most of the problems," says Bromberg. If not, the fix could prove expensive.
None of these changes will affect cable viewers, only the minority of TV watchers who depend on an over-the-air antenna.
The shuffle is also designed to make sure over-the-air viewers who can't get Channel 10, can receive Channel 10 programming in a non-HD simulcast as Channel 36.2.
Starting Sept. 1, this will be the over-the-air lineup for Channels 10 and 36:
- 10.1 MPTV-10-HD
- 10.2 MPTV World
- 10.3 MPTV V-me
- 10.4 MPTV Weather (upgraded)
- 36.1 MPTV-36 (HD in early 2011)
- 36.2 MPTV-10 (simulcast; not HD)
- 36.3 MPTV Create
- 36.4 MPTV Classical
- 36.5 MPTV Jazz
- 36.6 MPTV Traffic
The HD version of Channel 36 won't start broadcasting until early next year. But the change is being made now to get the channel shuffle out of the way with one shot.
If you don't rescan your digital TV (or converter box), you may not get all the available channels.
I recommend regular rescanning to make sure you're getting everything that's out there.
One other change coming is an upgraded weather channel. Bromberg says MPTV has contracted with Accuweather to provide more weather information on the channel, which currently carries very basic audio and video from the National Weather Service.
Speaking of digital TV: As long as we're talking about digital sub-channels, Channel 6 is using its digital Channel 6.2 next Tuesday to carry its 9 p.m. newscast, while the main channel is airing Fox's MLB All-Star Game.
Channel 6.2, which carries Retro TV's lineup of old television shows, is available on Time Warner Cable's Channel 991 and Charter Cable's Channel 967.
Take that, Jay and NBC: The short-lived Conan O'Brien version of NBC's "Tonight Show" got an Emmy nomination in the best variety, music or comedy series category, along with "The Daily Show," "Real Time with Bill Maher," "Saturday Night Live" and "The Colbert Report." It got nominations in three other categories, as well.
No, Jay Leno's failed prime-time show didn't get an Emmy nomination. HBO's "The Pacific," got 24 nominations, and Fox's "Glee" got 19.
The awards will be given out Aug. 29 on NBC.
The nominees were announced this morning by "Modern Family" co-star Sophie Vergara and "Community" co-star Joel McHale.
On the homefront, Green Bay's own Tony Shalhoub picked up his eighth Emmy nomination as outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for the final season of his "Monk."
Among the other nomination highlights:
- Outstanding comedy series: "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Glee," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office," "30 Rock."
- Outstanding drama series: "Breaking Bad," "Dexter," "The Good Wife," "Lost," "Mad Men," "True Blood."
- Outstanding reality-competition program: "The Amazing Race," "American Idol," "Dancing with the Stars," "Project Runway," "Top Chef."
You can find a complete list of nominees at the Emmy Web site.
And if you didn't catch "The Pacific," here's a look at the most-nominated show in this year's Emmy list:
Umm...here we go again... Conan gets an Emmy nod for an underwatched weird prorgam moved to the Tonight's Show time period...that didn't produce....and Jay gets slammed....tiring...the real Injustice is no noms for Community!!!!
Accuweather wouldn't offer two different weather reports. But I'm guessing it's a different package. I do know that the package includes weather graphics which Channels 10 and 36 were already using on-screen during yesterd afternoon's downpour.
WTMJ is using Accuweather for their 4.2 channel. Would this just be the exact same thing?
Whaddaya mean, no Emmy for Jay Leno's prime time stint?? They wuz robbed!!! There is no God...
As far as I know, the various other pay TV options don't carry any of MPTV's sub-channels. So they couldn't be affected by a change in a lineup they don't carry.
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