West Virginia PBS
Since transitioning to digital broadcasting on June 12, 2009, West Virginia PBS – the statewide public television system – can offer three different viewing options:
• WVPBS offers a variety of programs beginning the day with news, fitness and children’s programs. The children’s programming “ages up” throughout the day and evening programs feature viewer favorites such as PBS NewsHour, Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece, NOVA, Nature, and more. The channel designation will be the channel number followed by a 1 (Example: 10-1 or 10.1)
• WVPBS.2 features how-to programs throughout the day including travel, arts, and cooking. The 9-11:30 a.m. block presents a variety of public affairs programs including Think Tank, Out of Ireland Weekly, This is America and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. In the evening, enjoy a variety of entertainment and documentary programs. The channel designation will be the channel number followed by a 2 (Example: 33-2 or 33.2)
• WVPBSHD currently mirrors WVPBS very closely except when exclusive high definition content is available. The channel designation will be the channel number followed by a 3 (Example: 24-3 or 24.3)
The program schedules for each of these channels are available by clicking here.
Click here for the channel designations throughout the state for over-the-air reception of West Virginia PBS channels.
If you subscribe to a cable or satellite service, your provider most likely has different channel designations. Contact your provider to obtain the correct channel assignment for WV PBS, WV PBS.2 and WV PBSHD.
What if my provider doesn’t carry WV PBS?
Viewers who subscribe to a cable or satellite television service that doesn’t carry West Virginia PBS and who reside within the state’s boundaries have two options:
1. Contact your provider and specifically request that West Virginia PBS be added to the channel lineup in the basic level of service.
2. Contact your state legislators and/or congressional representatives and ask them to support legislation that requires cable providers operating in West Virginia to select West Virginia PBS -- the PBS station that serves this state -- as the “local” option.
Find your WV Legislators here or call (304) 347-4836
Sen. Jay Rockefeller 202-224-6472
Sen. Robert Byrd 202-224-3954
Congressman Alan Mollohan 202-225-4172
Congresswoman Shelley Capito 202-225-2711
Congressman Nick Rahall 202-225-3452
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