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Any new Portland TV channels?

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  1. Jbpdx

    Any rumors of new digital subchannels in Portland? Movies!, Get-TV, Cozi and Bounce still have no channels here. What's the deal with KORS 16? How can it continue to sit dark?

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 09:37 AM #
  2. yahmit

    I was thinking the same thing. Tuff and Heartland channels also. What does it take for a station for add additional sub-channels.

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 09:51 AM #
  3. Herzfeld

    About two years ago, there was this totally weird TV channel programmed by Portlander Mike Lastra. It played all kinds of weirdo music documentaries, cartoons, etc. They even had commercials from some 'Better Call Saul'-type lawyer.
    I can't remember which channel it was on or what it was called, though. Bohemia TV? Something like that.

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 11:17 AM #
  4. jr_tech

    Was it this?

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 11:26 AM #
  5. washnotore

    There are a total of 14 Class A and Low Power TV stations. Within 25 miles of Portland.

    KUNP-LD RF47 - Carries Spanish programing from Univision and MundoFox
    KVWT-LD RF49 - Carries programing from American One and RTV. Also provides Spanish programing and a program guide called TV Scout.

    These two station are run by religious casters.

    KJYY-LD RF26 - Northwest Christain Broadcasting (Salem)
    KEVE-LD RF36 - Better Life Broadcasting (Grants Pass)

    These four station are translators in Portland and Newberg.

    KRCW-LD RF05 - Carries KRCW Programing to Portland
    KOPB-RT1 RF48 - OPB programing to SW Portland

    K18EL-D RF18 - Carries KPTV/KPDX programing to Newberg
    KOPB-RT2 RF32 - OPB programing to Newberg

    These two station are licensed by ION and Gannett. They are LMA to Rural Oregon Wireless Television

    KPXG-LD RF42 - Translator for the first three KPXG digital channels
    KGWZ-LD RF46 - Currently show Daystar Programing

    Owned by Watch TV and are currently STA.

    KORS-CD RF16
    KOXI-CD RF20
    KORK-CD RF35
    KOXO-CD RF41

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 11:33 AM #
  6. Herzfeld

    Re: jr_tech: Was it this?

    Yes, that's it. I had forgotten that it ended up being kind of lame hip hop programming towards the end.

    I bump into Mike Lastra from time to time. He's an interesting cat. Besides being a video horder extraordinaire, he has personally recorded video of almost every significant countercultural Portland event since the mid-70s.
    If you look at any classic punk rock footage that originated in Portland on YouTube, it was probably shot by Mike or crew.
    He also has the longest beard I have ever seen on a human, as well.

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 01:01 PM #
  7. Jbpdx

    Watch TV. How can they have licenses to broadcast and sit in the dark? How does that benefit the public? How can the FCC allow that?

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 02:56 PM #
  8. msndrspdx

    Heartland is the former Nashville Network (TNN). No sign of WeatherNation or Accuweather multicasts, either. And no ME-TV2. As (and if) these other services pop up here, how many will Comcast take? Remember, no KWVT or KSLM on Comcast either after close to 10 years in business. I'd love it if somebody created a real local CNN-style news channel on a local multicast. NYC has NY1 and News 12 (on cable but they're there), Boston has New England Cable News (NECN, also largely on cable, but seen in most of the NE), and there's one in DC/Baltimore, too (also largely on cable).

    You'd think the Portland/Vancouver metroplex would be big enough to support such a service. KGW tried one on 8.2 but didn't stick to the format enough or promote it well enough. They eventually gave up and handed it to Living Well Network, which has no real meat to it. It's almost entirely infomercials. Yuck.

    Best, Mike 8)

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 03:04 PM #
  9. e_dawg

    There's NWCN, Comcast Cable 49, which is kind of NY1/News 12 in New York, and NECN in New England.

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 06:25 PM #
  10. msndrspdx

    You're right, E-Dawg, there is NWCN, but it's awfully Seattlecentric a lot of the time. And it's not even in HD 16:9. It's still in 4:3 for some reason. If they justified the image to the left and used the resulting space for local inserts, much like the Weather Channel's HD service, it could be 16:9 and work pretty well. Besides, NWCN and KGW are still using the same graphics package, which dates back to before the broadcast HD transition! NWCN might be one of the last of the 4:3 programmers in this country right now.

    TNN, by the way, changed names to Heartland late last year.

    Best, Mike 8)

    Posted on May 16, 2014 - 07:23 PM #