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Saturday, March 12, 2011

CW30 On Air in Cache Valley as KTVX Subchannel 4.30 - Permanent, or only Temporary (update: PERMANENT!)

When I turned on my DTVpal converter box Friday, March 11th to look at the program guide, I was surprised to find a new channel popped up on the guide at channel 4.30. Showing as KUCW-SD on the EPG with no programming info, it's CW-30 from Salt Lake City. What? Could it be that Cache County has decided to finally put CW30 on air, perhaps as a subchannel of KTVX until Cache Valley's translator for CW30 is built?

A little digging turned up that Franklin County's KTVX translator is also showing CW30 on 4.30. And it appears as though KUCW in Salt Lake has added an SD copy of KTVX on their channel, at 30-4, also. One thing you should know about CW30 and KTVX-4 is that they are "Sister Stations" - that is, they are owned by the same company. In the past, Channel 4 carried CW30 as a subchannel until CW got their own digital transmitter up and running. I wonder if this is a "backup" for their transmitters, or is it due to people who say "there's one channel I just can't get"?

I've contacted engineering at KTVX-4 about the situation, and am waiting for a reply. I'll post a response when - and IF - I get one.

So for now, at least, we can watch CW in Cache Valley. And I won't have to waste valuable internet bandwidth for my daughter to watch "Vampire Diaries".  And I also won't have to wait a day to watch "Saturday Night Live". I can watch it LIVE on CW30! So up yours, NBC-KSL 5! How dare you decide for me what programs I can watch! Who made you the moral judge for NBC in Utah?

UPDATE 3/12/2011: KTVX has confirmed they intend to continue broadcasting CW30 (in SD) on channel 4.30! And CW30 will simulcast KTVX (SD) on 30.4 for the foreseeable future.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Guide to Internet Streaming Devices - The Pros and Cons of Internet Streaming Devices

The Pros and Cons of Internet Streaming Devices
by EscapeVelocity (originally published March 6, 2011 on DTVUSAforum)

Internet streaming of video has gone mainstream, and you want to get in on the action, but with so many devices out there to choose from which one is right for you? This guide seeks to bring you information to help make good decisions.