Vermont PBS

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Vermont PBS
VermontPBS.png
statewide Vermont
United States
Slogan Educate, inform, entertain and inspire
Channels Digital: see table below
Subchannels xx.1 PBS
xx.2 PBS Plus
xx.3 Create
xx.4 World
Affiliations PBS (1970-present)
Owner Vermont ETV, Inc.
First air date October 16, 1967; 46 years ago (1967-10-16)
Call letters' meaning see table below
Former affiliations NET (1967-1970)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: PBS Profile
PBS CDBS
Website www.vermontpbs.org
Logo as Vermont Public Television, 1997 - May 2014

Vermont PBS (VPBS) is the PBS member network for the state of Vermont. Originally owned and operated by the University Of Vermont, the network has been operating since October 16, 1967. Eventually, UVM sold off the station to Vermont ETV, Inc., a community-based nonprofit group. Until 1997, it was known as Vermont Educational Television, or Vermont ETV (which is still the station's corporate name). Between 1997 and May 2014, it was known as Vermont Public Television or VPT.

VPBS's studios and offices are in Colchester, near Burlington.

VPBS stations[edit]

Station City of license Channels
TV / RF
First air date Call letters’
meaning
ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WETK Burlington 33 (PSIP)
32 (UHF)
October 16, 1967 Educational
Television
90 kW 830 m 69944 44°31′32″N 72°48′51″W / 44.52556°N 72.81417°W / 44.52556; -72.81417 (WETK)
WVER Rutland 28 (PSIP)
9 (VHF)
March 18, 1968 VERmont 15 kW 385 m 69946 43°39′31″N 73°6′25″W / 43.65861°N 73.10694°W / 43.65861; -73.10694 (WVER)
WVTB St. Johnsbury 20 (PSIP)
18 (UHF)
February 26, 1968 VT = postal
abbreviation
of Vermont
B for Burke Mtn.
Transmitter Site
75 kW 590 m 69940 44°34′16″N 71°53′39″W / 44.57111°N 71.89417°W / 44.57111; -71.89417 (WVTB)
WVTA Windsor 41 (PSIP)
24 (UHF)
March 18, 1968 VT = postal
abbreviation
of Vermont
A for Ascutney Mtn.
Transmitter Site
55.7 kW 692 m 69943 43°26′14.7″N 72°27′7.7″W / 43.437417°N 72.452139°W / 43.437417; -72.452139 (WVTA)

VPBS was also relayed on analog translators W36AX in Manchester and W53AS in Bennington, until those stations' licenses were cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission on December 28, 2011.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1][2][3][4]
xx.1 1080i 16:9 VPBS Main VPBS programming / PBS
xx.2 VPBS+ PBS Plus
xx.3 480i 4:3 CREATE Create
xx.4 WORLD World

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

VPBS' stations shut down their analog signals on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009).[5][6][7]

Each stations' post-transition digital allocations are as follows:

  • WETK shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 33; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 32. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 33.
  • WVER shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 28; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 9. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 28.
  • WVTB shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 20; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 18. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 20.
  • WVTA shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 41; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 24. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 41.

Fundraising[edit]

VPBS is the smallest PBS member in New England, and one of the smallest in the entire PBS system. Most of its viewership lives in Canada, principally in Montreal, a city which is ten times larger than the entire population of VPBS's American viewing area. It relies heavily on its Canadian viewership for its survival; most of the major stations in Vermont have lessened their reliance on Canadian revenue in recent years. VPBS not only takes its large Canadian audience into account in its programming, but it accepts Canadian dollars for its fundraising efforts even though most of them are targeted toward Vermont viewers. It also operates a separate fundraising arm for its Canadian members, the Public Television Association of Quebec.

As is true of Vermont's population as a whole, most of VPBS's viewership lives primarily in rural areas or in towns and small cities. The only major urban area that its signal reaches is Montreal.

VPBS shares much of its most valuable market (the Champlain Valley in Vermont and New York as well as the southern Quebec and Montreal area) with Plattsburgh, New York-based WCFE-TV.

Broadcast area[edit]

Vermont PBS's four transmitters cover almost all of Vermont and bordering regions of New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and southern Quebec, including Montreal.

On cable, VPBS can be seen on Comcast, Burlington channel 6 and Bennington channel 7, Burlington Telecom Channels 6 and 206 (HD), and Charter Plattsburgh channel 3. On Vidéotron's cable systems in Montreal, it can be seen on channel 59 in west Montreal, channel 6 in central and east Montreal, and channel 55 on Illico digital cable. WETK is also seen across nearly all of the state on the Burlington/Plattsburgh DirecTV and Dish Network feeds.

Some VPBS-produced programs can also be seen on WGBY-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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