Finally found an alternate to the continuous begging mode of my local
PBS stations, especially on weekends.
The implementation of digital TV has added many new channels for those
of us who are not cable subscribers.
Among those channels is Create which among other things shows current
Don't need PBS to get my fix.
If you are interested go to
and locate the stations serving your area.
It is a PBS offshoot though. If no begathon, it is a good deal.
Create: Now in its fourth year!
Create TV is a nationwide channel delivered courtesy of your local public
television station. Presenting the best of public television's lifestyle
programs, Create TV is produced and distributed by American Public
Television (APT), WNET.ORG and WGBH Boston in association with NETA and PBS.
They solved my "problem" for me--w/ the digital transition they
disappeared entirely...(and attempted discussion w/ engineering staff
indicates they don't much care about fringe areas even if in previous
coverage area. Conclusion must be they're adequately funded within
smaller geographic region.)
I've burned through 2 digital decoder boxes this year. We don't miss
it most of the time, but during football season my wife starts to get
more vocal about it when her Gators are playing. Of course, even when
we had one it was an exercise in frustration, because of the dropped
frames and audio artifacts.
We're too cheap to get cable though, so I'll probably cave in and buy
another one before too long and see how long it stays alive.
We used to get it when we lived in the Andover,Ks area. The local SE
Kansas independent cable guy keeps saying he is going to add it but
has not come through yet. Create gave us a good, rounded menu of
programming including woodworking, gardening, crafts, cooking, etc.
If local cable guy doesn't come through soon we might be switching.
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