Installation of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s new digital television antenna in Bend will take place in July. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of the month.
During the installation process, service to BendBroadband customers (in Bend, Redmond and Sisters) should not be affected. Crestview cable service, serving Prineville and Madras, may be affected; however La Pine will lose cable and off-air service for this period. Viewers with satellite service will not be affected. And viewers with antenna-only reception in Bend and the immediate area should continue to receive OPB TV via a lower power signal. Those with antenna-only reception in Prineville should be able to receive the OPB TV signal on channel 16. In addition, Sunriver will lose the Chambers Cable signal and the OPB TV off-air signal. Those served by BendBroadband should not lose service.
OPB Radio service will operate on lower power while the installers are working, but OPB Radio service should be relatively unaffected.
A temporary antenna has been providing limited DTV service to the Bend area since last summer. The new antenna installation was scheduled for completion last July but experienced delays due to manufacturing issues and subsequent shortages of materials being diverted to the areas damaged by hurricane Katrina and then winter weather conditions. OPB apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks viewers and listeners for their patience during this time.
Oregon Public Broadcasting is a statewide network of community-supported learning resources, including OPB Television, an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and OPB Radio, presenting local news coverage and the programs of National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.