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PBS America

PBS America is a new factual channel from America's Public Broadcasting Service. As well as bringing viewers historical and current affairs programming, the channel will also captivate audiences with powerful films such as Spy at the Hanoi Hilton and the Oscar-nominated Last Days in Vietnam.

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How to Watch: PBS America

Below is a list of all the television and radio channels that you can watch in the UK using one of the free services: analogue, DAB (for radio), Freeview, Sky No Card - Sky without a viewing card (Freesat from Sky (or fSfS)) and Freesat.. Where a channel can be watched for free, the channel number is listed below. In addition, if you can watch (or listen) immediately online, press the button in the "web" column.

As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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PBS America   91 (76%) 174 155

Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations. For full details of broadcaster contacts, see the link icon PBS America page.

Official site: See the link icon PBS America website.

Freeview multiplex: PBS America is on multiplex com8 in england flagEngland scotland flagScotland northernireland flagNorthern Ireland wales flagWales .

Monday, 4 March 2019

10:43 PM

Gordon Nicol:

Assuming you are using the Craigkelly transmitter, you need a wideband aerail to get all the channels. The ones you appear to not be getting are transmitted in the COM 7 and COM 8 multiplexes which are on channels 55 and 56, so well above the frequencies for the other channels. They are transmitted using DVB-T2 encoding so you need to have a Freeview HD set, not just an HD Ready type.

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MikeP's 3,014 posts PT
Thursday, 13 June 2019
3:01 PM

have lost PBS america on tv after retuneing i live in rotherham south yorks uk. have two tvs and can get it on one
and not the other, on the re tune i lost channels 81 to 100.can you advise me what to do.Regards Brian.

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brian's 1 post US

10:12 PM


Please provide a full post code so that we can use that to examine the reception conditions at your location.

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MikeP's 3,014 posts GB
Sunday, 23 June 2019
Robert Smith
10:15 AM

Jon walls: Hello I wish to watch and record programmes on PBS America. My post code is CV5 6AX. Can I tune into this station please, if so how? Robert Smith.

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Robert Smith's 1 post GB

5:59 PM

Robert Smith: You should be able to receive PBS America on the COM8 multiplex from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter at your postcode. You will need a TV or PVR which receives HD channels and you may need a wideband aerial (if you already receive BBC Four HD on 108 then you should be ready to go).

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StevensOnln1's 2,684 posts GB
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
k bennett
2:17 PM

Should I be able to get pbs america on freeview in Hinckley,leicestershire?

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k bennett's 1 post GB

2:36 PM

k bennett:

As mention in the post previous to yours, PBS America is on the COM8 multiplex (LCN91) see Digital UK | Channel listings
It depends which transmitter you are receiving as to whether it has COMs 7&8.
If you put your postcode into Digital UK - Coverage checker it will give you which transmitters and multiplexes are available and the predicted reception at your location.

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Chris.SE's 729 posts GB
Thursday, 1 August 2019
jane jerdan
3:18 PM

After mandatory re-tune on 31st July 2019 I have also lost channels 86-99. No PBS America or Smithsonian both of which I watched a lot. I have a Humax HD Freeview box.

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jane jerdan's 1 post GB

4:21 PM

jane jerdan: If you're in Cumbria or the Scottish Borders receiving the Caldbeck transmitter then COM7 & COM8 (which carry PBS America, Smithsonian, BBC Four HD, etc) closed when the frequency changes took place early yesterday. If you provide a full postcode we can check if you're using another transmitter and offer further advice if this is the case.

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StevensOnln1's 2,684 posts GB
Monday, 9 September 2019
Peter Snape
12:39 PM

Why can't I get PSB America on one PVR but can on another one?

Both TVs show the channel.

I am on Winter Hill.

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Peter Snape's 1 post GB
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