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OETA and program guide

Every now and then, the question comes up about why (once KAUT-DT) is on the air, anyone in OKC would still want to use analog channels. Tonight, right now, there’s another fine example of why: OETA still has absolutely no control over its program guide.

Right now, KETA-DT (13-1) is supposed to be showing Cooking Under Fire at both 7:00 and 7:30 PM. This is a PBS cooking reality series, and it’s not all that bad. But I’ve tried to record it on 13-1 since it started several weeks ago, and I’m constantly frustrated. About 2/3rds of the episodes listed are episodes of some other program. The guide, provided by OETA, is wrong to the point that some episodes of the show don’t appear on KETA-DT at all.

KETA-TV is indeed airing Cooking Under Fire right now. KETA-DT has it listed, but is showing History Detectives. As of this episode, only three contestants are left. The episode just before this, with four contestants, never aired on KETA-DT despite having been listed three times.

This is not like the Oklahoma News Report, a locally-produced show that OETA can’t yet broadcast in HD. This is a PBS show, actually listed on the KETA-DT 13-1 program guide, that just doesn’t air there. Until they get this fixed, and it hasn’t really improved in ten months, there’s no way you can do without KETA-TV if you want to be sure of seeing any program that OETA is allegedly airing.

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  1. Posted July 13, 2005 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Actually, the episode of <i>History Detectives</i> was a new one and pretty good, though I understand why you’d be unhappy about never having a correct schedule. I also watched the two hours of the Slavery in America series that followed, which I missed the first time they were on.

    Generally, I check early in the day to see if KETA-DT is broadcasting HD or multicasting four SD channels. If the programming is widescreen, there’s about 90 percent chance that they’ll have HD on all day until midnight; If the show has PBS HD in the upper left hand corner, then there’s virtually a 100 percent chance it’ll be HD and that the and other schedules will just be wrong.

    If the show is widescreen and especially if you can tune in 13-2, 13-3 and 13-4, then they’ll be multicasting all day on four channels and the schedule should be correct from the various sources. It may not match exactly what OETA is carrying on their analog channel because Lawrence Welk isn’t carried nationally, but it should be pretty close.

    I started using the schedule from KACV in Amarillo last week. If OETA is showing HD, the listings for KACV HD have been 100 percent accurate; If OETA is showing four multicast channels, then those have been accurate as far as I can tell. I’m not sure what all the other channels are as I’m mostly an HD snob. 🙂

    I record OETA using the EyeTV 500 in my Power Mac G5. I’m assuming you’re using a TiVo or something similar. Since the show you mentioned is an SD show, why don’t you record the analog channel where the schedule is always accurate?


  2. ggore
    Posted July 14, 2005 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    The OETA guide situation won’t improve until they complete their Master Control, something that’s been ongoing for years now with no news of progress or a possible completion date.

    Otherwise I find the program guide in DTV tuners to be totally worthless, it takes 5 minutes to load the few HD stations that are broadcasting, and of them only KOPX and KFOR are actually transmitting any data that’s usable. I’m wondering what the FCC deadline is for stations to send out guide data. I’m sure it will be on that day that most stations begin sending it out.

  3. higheye
    Posted July 17, 2005 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    The few times I e-mailed KETA they refered my to the PBS web cite and its schedule, saying they themselves had no schedule for the digital station, which they don’t. But the PBS guide listed an HD schedule every night while OETA multiplexed every other day; saying they carry only what PBS provided. To night it became very strage because all three times I checked they carried one SD program.

  4. mdeatherage
    Posted July 17, 2005 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    While there may be places on the Web to get an accurate schedule (although, of note, OETA’s own site is not one of them), there’s a difference between just seeing what’s on and owning a DVR like a TiVo. The TiVo records programs based on the program guide; if it’s wrong, you don’t know until you go to play back your show and find it was a completely different program altogether.

    The program guide is substantially more important to a DVR than to browsing, and OETA’s is worse than useless.

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