There’s lots of channel changes tonight, so grab the remote and your scorecard and let’s start scanning.
The big news tonight is that one of Houston’s “zombie” stations has finally come to life! KQHO-LD is broadcasting over channel 20, former frequency home of KTXH, and is identifying with its former analog channel number (from back when it was alive in Beaumont), channel 56. KQHO is transmitting from downtown Houston along with its sister, KZHO.
Other channel changes to look for:
KUVM-LD 10.4 adds QVC, and Revenue Frontier infomercials slip down to 10.7.
KVVV has found a tenant for 15.7. The Perfect Creation Network (281-330-0273 or 832-893-7433) is running a promotional loop heralding an April launch with home shopping, news, movies, talk and Christian programming.
Thanks also to Bryan S. for the tip on KHLM 43.4 switching to infomercials.
Finally, KUVM-CD 34.3 RTV moves down one slot to 34.4, making way for QVC in 34.3. Also, 34.2, lately TheCoolTV, is now showing color bars and no PSIP short name (the seven-letter tag you see when tuning in to the station).
I came across a problem with over-the-air stations and TiVo. KHLM is no longer providing a PSIP label for its stations on channel 43, and it appears that without that label, TiVo boxes cannot tune in those stations.
Here is a screen shot of that issue.
I phoned KHLM’s engineering department, and they didn’t seem interested in resolving the issue, saying only that as a low-power station they are not required to label their channels.
If you’re having this problem as well, let me and the station know.
Today KHLM channel 43 has added two new subchannels from Mexico: a general entertainment channel and an all-news channel. The crawl on KHLM 43.1 breaks down the new additions as follows:
2 nuevas señales llegan a la ciudad espacial… En el 43.7 encontrarás Milenio Televisión con lo más relevante del acontecer de Estados Unidos, México y el mundo, y si de entretenimiento se trata en el 43.6 llega Altavisión una televisión divertida, inovadora e inteligente… Ahora la familia de Multimedios Houston crece con Milenio Televisión en el 43.7 y Altavisión en el 43.6.
Or, paraphrased in English:
2 new signals arrive in the Space City… You will find on 43.7 Milenio Televisión with the most relevant events of the United States, Mexico and the world. And treat yourself to entertainment on 43.6 with Altavisión and get diverting, innovative and intelligent television. Now the family of Multimedios Houston grows with Milenio Televisión on 43.7 and Altavisión on 43.6.
Both Milenio Televisión and Altavisión are owned by the Multimedios conglomerate in Mexico. Milenio is a major national newspaper that started in Monterey and expanded to ten other cities.
A couple of subchannel moves today:
KZHO 38.6, which was activated the other day, is now showing a video announcing that it’s the home of “The Light Christian Network”.
And the Rejoice Network, formerly on KVQT 21.3, has found a home on KHLM 43.4.
Two subchannels of KZHO channel 38 are now displaying that they are available for lease.
Channel 38.3, formerly home of Rejoice Network, is for lease; the contact number given is 214-434-6357.
Channel 38.5, formerly Urban Television Network (which is now on KHLM 43.5), is showing scenes of a waterfall and religious music. Its contact number is 281-428-2765.
Urban formatted channel UTN, broadcasting on KZHO channel 38.5, is announcing via its logo “bug” that it is moving to KHLM channel 43.8.
UTN programming is on the air on 43.8, albeit with different programs than are currently airing on 38.5.
It’s a positive move for the channel, putting it on a more powerful low-power station that is sited at the Missouri City tower farm, rather than a lower-powered station that is broadcasting from downtown.
So I’m back from my vacation in the land of no subchannels (Canada — their digital transition occurs in August) and I discovered that South Asian TV on KHLM 43.5 has been replaced by another channel airing the same infomercials that are on 43.6, 43.7 and 43.8.
South Asian TV continues to broadcast a live stream on their website.
Wow, it’s certainly a busy day on the TV front as five new subchannels have been activated today.
KHLM has turned on 43.6, 43.7 and 43.8. All three channels are airing the same Spanish infomercials.
South Asian TV on 43.5 must have been having opening-day jitters yesterday. Their video and audio quality have improved tremendously today. Some programs still look overcompressed, but it’s a vast improvement. They have a new slide promising new programs in the days to come. However, the ugly bug is still there at the top left of the screen. They have a nice graphic logo – they should use it as their bug.
Also back to normal is Promiseland on 21.3. They are in the middle of a pledge drive.
Vida Vision on channel 38.2 is asking for viewer reports of their signal via a crawl: “¡Bienvenidos! Estas viendo Vida Vision TV. Escucha Radio Vida Vision en vivo: musica y Palabra de Dios on line http://www.radiovidavision.tv. Queremos saber de Usted reporte la señal se Vida Vision TV a los telefonos local 281-741-7332 y a todo Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico al 1877-522-1540.” Translated: “Welcome! You are watching Vida Vision TV! Listen to Radio Vida Vision: music and the Word of God live online at www.radiovidavision.tv. We want to hear your report of the Vida Vision TV signal. Call local 281-741-7332 and throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico at 1877-522-1540.” Sounds like they may have bigger plans than just Houston.
I’ve been watching South Asian TV since I got home from work half an hour ago, and I have to say that I certainly hope these are opening day glitches, because if all the station’s programs are going to be in this quality, they will not be able to keep an audience.
I would post screencaps, but I have no way to capture screen shots, and I don’t want to embarrass them any more than they already should be.
The on-screen logo covers 2/3 of the width of the screen with no transparency, it’s at the top left, and it’s in Mistral, the second ugliest typeface known to man.
The audio sounds like everyone is under water, and the video looks like the station is using streaming video as the source, especially the videos that come from Sony Entertainment Television.
On the positive side, the station’s promos look and sound OK, if a little overcompressed.
I encourage them to focus on improving the technical quality of their presentation, because otherwise they have no hope.