New Channel Lineup FAQs

Posted: November 27, 2017

The wait is over! On December 1, the new IPTV KIDS.2 and IPTV Create.4 channels launched. And we know you have questions about how to watch them, so we put this list of frequently asked questions together. If your question isn’t listed here, you can contact us through our feedback form or call us at 800.532.1290.

How can I watch IPTV’s new channels with an antenna?

As of December 1, Iowa Public Television’s antenna viewers will notice a new channel lineup: IPTV.1, IPTV KIDS.2, IPTV WORLD.3 and IPTV Create.4. Some television sets perform channel scans automatically, but if you don’t see a .4 channel in your lineup, you’ll have to perform one manually.

HOW TO RESCAN CHANNELS

  1. If you have a converter box with an older analog TV, use the box remote (NOT the TV remote). If you have a digital TV, use that remote.
  2. Use the Menu button to search on-screen for a sub-section called “Auto Scan,” “Auto Program,” “Auto Tuning” or “Channel Scanning.” You may find it under a “Setup” heading. The specific wording varies among brands, and you may need to check the owner’s manual. The “Setup” section will usually cover scanning.
  3. Use the up/down and left/right arrows to move through the on-screen menu. Highlight the scanning function, press “OK” or “Enter” and let the scan proceed. It takes only a few minutes; results will display when the scan is done.
  4. Once finished, your set should display all of IPTV’s channels on the updated lineup.

How can I watch IPTV’s new channels on cable or satellite?

While we do offer all of our channels to cable and satellite providers, those companies make the final decision about whether or not to include them in their packages. They also determine the channel number in their system.

Mediacom Cable subscribers will find IPTV KIDS.2 on channel 794. IPTV WORLD.3 is on 119, and IPTV Create.4 is on 118. 

If you subscribe to a different cable service, you will need to contact your provider to find out if they carry the new IPTV KIDS channel, WORLD and Create, and where to find them in the channel lineup. At this time, satellite television providers have chosen to not include these three channels in any of their packages.

If you are able to receive our signals with an antenna, but have a cable plan that does not offer all four channels, or subscribe to satellite, you still have some options. If your cable or satellite box is not using the ANT IN port on the back of your set, you can plug an antenna in there and use your remote to switch between inputs. If you’re a satellite subscriber, you may also find a port on the back of your satellite box where you can plug in an antenna. Or, consider having one TV in your home not connected to cable or satellite service to receive our over the air signals.

How can I watch IPTV’s new channels online?

Currently, only IPTV KIDS.2 is available to live stream at Iptv.org (live on Dec. 1), pbskids.org or through the PBS KIDS Video App available on mobile devices and streaming services, including iOS, Android, Amazon, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and the PBS KIDS Plug & Play.

Why aren’t the other channels available via live stream?

IPTV and PBS purchase programming from many different sources, and the broadcast rights do not include live streaming rights in many instances.

Most IPTV produced programming is available to watch on demand in on Iptv.org and on our YouTube channels.

Many PBS programs can be watched in the Video area of PBS.org. Extended access to PBS programming is available through the video on demand member benefit, IPTV Passport.

Why did you move Create to .4 instead of leaving it on .2?

We wanted the IPTV KIDS channel to only be one click away from the main channel so when children decide to switch over for a different program they won’t be clicking past IPTV WORLD, which isn’t always appropriate programming for children.

What shows are included on IPTV KIDS.2? Are all PBS KIDS shows featured on it?

The IPTV KIDS.2 channel currently includes IPTV KIDS Clubhouse and the following 21 PBS KIDS programs:

Arthur

Bob the Builder

Caillou

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Cyberchase

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Dinosaur Train

Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman

Nature Cat

Odd Squad

Peg + Cat

Ready Jet Go!

Sesame Street

Sid the Science Kid

Splash and Bubbles

Super WHY!

Thomas & Friends

Wild Kratts

WordGirl

WordWorld

What is PBS KIDS Family Night?

PBS KIDS Family Night is a weekly family viewing event featuring movie specials or themed programming every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and repeating on Saturday and Sunday evenings at the same times. Visit our Schedule page to check the schedules for upcoming weekends.

Will the IPTV Create.4 schedule change?

The schedule you’ve been watching during weekday daytimes, weekend prime time and daily late nights will remain the same, and now you’ll find an expanded schedule of PBS how-to programs airing the entire broadcast day. On weekdays, you’ll find a regular schedule of cooking, woodworking and travel in prime time. And you’ll now have three chances to watch the themed weekend marathons—Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.