(Comcast 189, DT54.3)
Due to a technical malfunction March 25-26, the computer which archives our copies of television programs started deleting program files, resulting in a loss of thousands of episodes. Since it began with shows in position #1 and worked forward, it means the loss is primarily of older programs and series, which generally air on KQED Life. Since these are older shows, most are not currently being fed out to stations, so it will take awhile for us to rebuild the inventory.
This means a significant change to the “non-prime” KQED Life schedule for the next 4-5 weeks at least, starting Thursday 3/29. From 6am to 7pm, plus midnight-1am, KQED Life will be a “mirror” of KQED TV9. Since 7pm-midnight is generally filled with newer programs, KQED Life will be able to maintain its own schedule for those 5 hours, plus maintain their early morning repeats the next morning 1am-6am.
We currently do not know how long the program recovery process will take, so will be working with this revised schedule at least through April. We are leaving the currently posted May 2012 schedule on the website for now, in hopes that we’ll be back to normal by then. Please keep an eye on this page for further updates.
Sutro Tower is installing new equipment this week, which will require all stations (TV & Radio) to each spend a portion of one overnight period off the air. If all goes well, the outages will last only 2 to 4 hours, beginning shortly after midnight.
Stations have been divided into three groups, with Group 1 going off-air late Monday/early Tuesday, Group 2 off late Tues/early Wed, and Group 3 off late Wed/early Thur.
KQED TV9 is part of Group 2, so we anticipate DT9.1-3 being off-air Over The Air late Tuesday/early Wednesday, beginning shortly after midnight, for 2-4 hours.
Comcast Cable and satellite service viewers should not be affected by this work.