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Digital Television Information

MontanaPBS broadcasts free over-the-air Digital Television (DTV) services in the Bozeman, Billings, Butte, Great Falls and Missoula communities.  A digital television receiver and an antenna is required to receive the signal. 

Currently we broadcast the locally originated primary MontanaPBS Channel in high definition (HD), as well as a locally originated, standard definition children's channel MontanaPBS Kids.  Additionally, we broadcast two national pass-through channels, a lifestyle/how-to service MontanaPBS Create, and a non-fiction science, nature, news, public affairs and documentary channel MontanaPBS World. Finally we also broadcast a Montana State government service provided by Television Montana(TMVT).  

Schedule information for these digital channels may be found at:  www.montanapbs.org/Schedule/ 

Tuning Information

Depending on how your digital receiver displays channel information, you may see the “true” digital channel (Ch. 8, Bozeman) or you may see a “virtual” channel identifier.  This system of “virtual” channels was developed nationally to assist viewers who may be most familiar with their old analog channels in any given community.  By assigning the familiar analog channel numbers to a digital channel, you would see the familiar number 9 appear prior to the decimal point on your receiver. 

Because digital television allows for multiple broadcast streams to transmit simultaneously, a minor channel number was also developed, indicated by a number following the decimal point.  For instance, in the Bozeman area, Ch. 9.1 refers to the MontanaPBS HD program service, where Ch. 9.2 would refer to the MontanaPBS Kids channel.  In Missoula, Ch. 11.1 refers to the MontanaPBS HD channel and so on. 

        True Digital Channel         “Virtual” Digital Channels

Bozeman KUSM-TV              Ch. 8                                    9.1 MontanaPBS HD (high definition primary statewide network)
Butte K43DU                          Ch. 43                                  9.2 MontanaPBS Kids
                                                                                                9.3 MontanaPBS Create
                                                                                                9.4 MontanaPBS World
                                                                                                9.5 MontanaPBS Capitol Coverage (TVMT)

Missoula KUFM-TV              Ch. 11                                  11.1 MontanaPBS HD (high definition primary statewide network)
                                                                                               11.2 MontanaPBS Kids
                                                                                               11.3 MontanaPBS Create
                                                                                               11.4 MontanaPBS World
                                                                                               11.5 MontanaPBS Capitol Coverage (TVMT)       

Billings KBGS-TV                  Ch. 16                                 16.1 MontanaPBS HD (high definition primary statewide network)
                                                                                               16.2 MontanaPBS Kids
                                                                                               16.3 MontanaPBS Create
                                                                                               16.4 MontanaPBS World
                                                                                               16.5 MontanaPBS Capitol Coverage (TVMT)

Great Falls KUGF-TV             Ch. 21                                 21.1 MontanaPBS HD (high definition primary statewide network)
                                                                                                21.2 MontanaPBS Kids
                                                                                                21.3 MontanaPBS Create
                                                                                                21.4 MontanaPBS World
                                                                                                21.5 MontanaPBS Capitol Coverage (TVMT)


For more information on what how to receive a DTV channel, visit the Digital TV information page.

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