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#26 OFFLINE   Kansas Zephyr

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 10:22 PM

We must be number-oriented when it comes to TV, so the stations will do whatever sticks in our minds.

Sure.

But, each different cable operator across Colorado may put the same station on a different channel number.

So again, the call letters are the only thing that doesn't change.
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 05:40 AM

[QUOTE=Kansas Zephyr;1854803 So again, the call letters are the only thing that doesn't change.[/QUOTE]

Interesting conversation. I know my parents and my wife couldn't tell you the call letters of our local tv stations if their lives depended on it. They can probably remember that their favorite local news is on the CBS station.

With the national channels it's not so much of a problem: ESPN, Food Network, Discovery, etc. Even WGN. People remember these names, not so much their cable or satellite number.

The local channels present the problem. And with all the number changing, the problem will get worse. There's a station in Altoona, PA, with the local ABC 23 and Fox 8 station on the same RF channel: 24 (23.1 and 23.3). Can't get much more confusing than that! I wonder if the locals should give up on the channel number completely, and just go by ABC, Fox, The CW, etc. That only leaves the independents with a branding problem, and they could use names as well.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 06:23 AM

If the station changes it's number, one time, and a viewer isn't motivated enough to find the new number...they obviously aren't airing any "must see" content.

I know my local stations by the networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. I know them all.

If I had to go by call letters...I'd know almost half of them.
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 10:52 AM

If the station changes it's number, one time, and a viewer isn't motivated enough to find the new number...they obviously aren't airing any "must see" content.

I know my local stations by the networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. I know them all.

If I had to go by call letters...I'd know almost half of them.


I know all of mine - by NTSC channel, call sign, AND "real digital RF channel", and network (if applicable) :D

I can probably come pretty close for the channel stuff on the digital subchannels as well....

I would be totally LOST on where they are on the local cable lineup - I haven't subscribed to cable in 5 years or more....
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