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KUID-TV signal moves to channel 35 in Cottonwood area

A channel change last week for KUID-TV requires TV viewers in the Cottonwood, Grangeville and Ferdinand areas to reset their tuners.

On Oct. 31, the KUID-TV signal broadcasting from the translator at Cottonwood Butte changed from channel 46 to channel 35.

Viewers in the vicinity who receive the KUID signal via an over-the-air antenna will need to perform a rescan of their digital TV sets or tuners in order to lock the new channel into their receiver’s channel maps.

Information on performing a rescan is located online:

According to Rich Van Genderen, Idaho Public Television’s director of technology, the Cottonwood Butte translator serves the Cottonwood/Grangeville area and repeats or translates the KUID-TV signal from Moscow. It is also the source channel for translators in Kamiah and Kooskia.

Last year, as part of a nationwide FCC auction (the Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction), telecommunications company T-Mobile purchased spectrum in the 600 MHz block across the continental United State to bolster their cellular network. The Cottonwood translator sat right in the middle of T-Mobile’s purchased spectrum and was required to shut down by Oct. 31. IdahoPTV was successful in applying for and receiving a temporary new channel assignment to remain whole in the region.

“A nod should be given to T-Mobile in that they graciously offered to pay for the equipment and services necessary to relocate our service to a new channel,” said Van Genderen. “So, although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”


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