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MontanaPBS converts translator, expects coverage for some area residents to improve

February 10, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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MontanaPBS expects digital coverage for some area residents to improve once it converts a translator serving Gallatin Valley viewers on channel 20 to digital broadcast.

MontanaPBS plans to make the conversion on Monday, Feb. 20, according to Eric Hyyppa, general manager of KUSM-TV and MontanaPBS. The change will enable those who watch MontanaPBS on channel 20 in analog to have access to the full MontanaPBS digital multicast service. The service includes MontanaPBS HD, MontanaPBS Kids, MontanaPBS Create, MontanaPBS World, and capitol coverage from TV Montana in Helena.

Most people should already have the equipment they need to view the digital broadcast.

"All that is needed to view these channels is a digital television or set-top box, which most households now have," Hyyppa said. Viewers may need to do a re-scan of available channels to see them appear on their television, he added.

Many households in the Gallatin Valley have had digital MontanaPBS for a number of years on channel 9, but Hyyppa said the channel 20 translator broadcasts from a location near Gallatin Gateway and provides coverage in areas of the valley that don't receive channel 9 very well.

"In particular, people who live in the Springhill area, some areas around Belgrade, and others who may have difficulty receiving channel 9 benefit from this service," Hyyppa said.

For more information, contact MontanaPBS at (866) 832-0829.

Contact: Eric Hyyppa, (406) 994-6252 or eric_hyyppa@montanapbs.org