By Sandra Rusin McCray
January 15, 2013
From what I've read on the KPU Telecommunication Facebook page, and from what I've heard from callers, KPU CommVision is experiencing some type of technical/operational difficulty that involves the way they receive the local CBS-SE network feed. I also know that KPU CommVision had contact with the General Manager of CBS-SE, this past week, to try to resolve their issue. Any problem that KPU CommVision is experiencing, with this current issue, is not due to CBS-SE. CBS-SE is up and working and is available to all TV Providers. It appears that KPU CommVision has made the decision to substitute the CBS-SE feed with the CBS-KIRO feed from Seattle, Washington until they can resolve this problem.
CBS-SE is the local SE Alaska Network. When a local network is in a specific area, or (TV Talk, DMA), it is required by FCC law (Must-Carry Law) that all TV Providers offer that network to its customers. CBS-KIRO from Seattle does not fall in the SE Alaska DMA.
Please note that KPU Telecommunications has referred to CBS-SE as an Anchorage Network. CBS-SE is NOT an Anchorage Network. CBS-SE is a SE Alaska based network and station, based out of Juneau, Alaska. CBS-SE serves all of SE Alaska on TV Providers: GCI SD/HD; Dish; DirecTV SD; Craig Cable SD, KPU CommVision SD/HD; Over-The-Air or Antenna with offices in Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka. The CBS-SE coverage is from Metlakatla to Skagway and the reach is over 30,000 households. CBS-SE is the largest local Network in SE Alaska.
CBS-SE does not have a local news program, so we have an agreement with CBS-KTVA in Anchorage to provide the news for our Network in SE Alaska. All CBS-SE programming is run on Alaska time.
CBS-SE takes great pride in offering the best programming in SE Alaska. CBS has been #1 Nationwide for 9 of the last 10 years, and was named Network of the Decade in 2010. This year, CBS is honored with the largest lead in ratings in over 23 years. CBS-SE is very proud of the local advertisers that support local programming. These advertisers include: Alaskan & Proud Markets; TSS Inc; Tyler Rental and Tyler Industrial Supply; Timber and Marine; All American Auto; The Gilmore Hotel; Annabelles Famous Keg and Chowderhouse; Alaskan Dames; Bullwinkles; Race Realty; Valley Auto; Mike Hatch Jeep; The Prospector Hotel; PeaceHealth Corp.; First National Bank; Capital City Fire and more.
If you have any questions about your service with KPU CommVision, I would suggest you contact them. If you have questions about CBS-SE and our programs, you can contact me at 220-7148. My name is Sandra Rusin McCray and I am the Regional Sales Manager for CBS-SE. I have worked for CBS-SE for almost 10 years and reside in Ketchikan, however, I work throughout SE Alaska.
Sandra Rusin McCray
Received January 12, 2013 - Published January 15, 2013
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