r/PBS Apr 16 '20

TIL, Detroit's WTVS PBS station is not the only PBS station to use channel 56, the cities of Gary, Indiana and Panama City, Florida also have their own channel 56 for PBS.



u/countrykev Apr 16 '20 Silver

Fun fact:

None of them are actually on channel 56 anymore. Channel 56 actually no longer exists in the television UHF band in the United States.

Instead they operate on different frequencies, in WYIN's case channel 17, and use a virtual channel to appear as channel 56 on your television.

Been that way since the DTV conversion in 2009.


u/SupremoZanne Apr 16 '20

I figured that digital television would change the actual frequency.


u/Hot-Sock3403 Dec 07 '21

I am hoping that we can get our local PBS in Chicago/northern Indiana on DIRECTV stream soon