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Does KSL no longer sign off once a week?

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Just wondering, does KSL-TV not sign off anymore on Sunday Mornings?

 

I was in St. George, UT last weekend and was watching tv around 3am and they were airing an infomercial for music cd's from the lds church.

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Maybe you were watching a cable version that doesn't sign off when the broadcast station does.

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Maybe you were watching a cable version that doesn't sign off when the broadcast station does.

 

So do they have a super secret sign-off just for the OTA's?

 

Does God see snow... or just a blue screen like the rest of us?

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So do they have a super secret sign-off just for the OTA's?

 

Does God see snow... or just a blue screen like the rest of us?

 

WETA (PBS in DC) did until recently. That and having seperate schedule for their SD and HD feeds - cable 26 serves as their primary feed (OTA 26.4) and HD Cable (26.1).

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For the longest time WDAY/WDAZ simply ran a slide with the station logos (and that of KBMY/KMCY) during downtime on a nightly basis. Not sure if they still do.

 

I can't think of any other stations that still closedown for non-techincal reasons. The conversion to digital made it obsolete.

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KVIA used to sign off bright and early Sunday mornings for a few hours, want to say they still do

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Actually, according to TV listings, I think KSL has stopped signing off. Paid programming has pretty much taken over the off-air slots, whatever they were.

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I can't think of any other stations that still closedown for non-techincal reasons. The conversion to digital made it obsolete.

 

That and transmitters don’t need to be manned and remotely controlled.

 

Doesn’t KSL have a network of translators some of which may be analog?

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I can't think of any other stations that still closedown for non-techincal reasons. The conversion to digital made it obsolete.

 

There are a few PBS members that have become so cash strapped they now turn off OTA transmitters at night. A few here in the Midwest I can think of:

  • Iowa Public Television, off air Midnight-5 AM
  • Network Knowledge, off air 11 PM-6:30 AM
  • WDSE/WRPT, off air 1 AM-6:30 AM
  • KSMQ, off air Midnight-6 AM
     
  • NET in Nebraska shut off their transmitters overnight as recently as last year, but I couldn't find confirmation that they still do. I would guess they still do though.

Except for WDSE/WRPT and KSMQ, cable systems receiving these stations via fiber receive a 24/7 fiber feed. Satellite providers pick up the signals OTA, so the transmitter shutdowns affect them too.

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That and transmitters don’t need to be manned and remotely controlled.

 

Q:Why did you need to man transmitters way back then????

 

A: Because in the olden days you needed to have somebody babysit the transmitter because the things were power hogs,..and they could become a BIT unstable if left alone.

 

Stuff could catch fire or blow up....lights on the tower could go out and planes could hit it.

 

Things are a bit more stable now.

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