Spokane channels still not airing in Creston

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  • Aug. 18, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Contrary to the Trail Daily Times story in last week’s Advance, Shaw cable customers in the Creston Valley are still not receiving U.S. network broadcasts from Spokane.

In late July, Shaw stopped offering West Kootenay customers the ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates from Spokane and switched those signals to Seattle, while the Spokane PBS was switched to the Detroit channel.

The move was ordered by the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Com-mission to ensure time zones were matched with stations to have consistent high definition and standard definition feeds in place before Dec. 31 this year.

“The challenge we’ve had in the Kootenays is that we currently acquire our feed by satellite and we were unable to acquire both feeds on satellite,” Shaw’s Chris Kucharski told the Trail Daily Times.

While public outcry in Nelson, Trail and Castlegar prompted Shaw to reinstate the Spokane feeds on Aug. 4, viewers’ concerns in Creston did not meet with the same reponse.

Inquiries by the Advance to Shaw representatives were not returned by press time.

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