Iowa Public Television

  • What is the best tv for digital reception

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    I received this e-mail today and I thought it was a very interesting question.

    "We live in Dubuque and need every advantage when it comes to reception. Our system now uses a large outdoor antenna with a pre amp and a convert box. We receive all the national networks most of the time. We are thinking about buying a new television and assume that not all tvs receive digital signals the same. Is there any way to know which tv will do the best... Read more »
  • DTV is Wireless, Cool and Free!

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    I recently read an article in the Sun Sentinel newspaper out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. The article was noting that in these tight economic times many people are looking for ways to save money and among the consideration is dropping subscription based cable or satellite services. When I have discussed this with folks in meetings it is interesting the reactions that I... Read more »
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?

    Monday, December 28, 2009

    One of the questions that I get most frequently is what's wrong with the picture. It seldom relates to the quality of the picture but the content of the picture. Why are the titles cut off? Why a titles in the middle of the screen rather than at the edge of the picture like they used to be? The issue is aspect ratio which is the relationship between the height and width of the picture. Read more »

  • Welcome all-digital TV!

    Monday, June 15, 2009

    Last Friday, IPTV officially became an all-digital television network! We spent Friday and the weekend taking calls from viewers who needed help, as we've been doing for more than 18 months.

    If you know of someone who is still having trouble receiving Iowa Public Television, or someone who needs help, tell them to call IPTV at 1-800-532-1290. We'd be happy to help... Read more »
  • Why is IPTV continuing analog broadcasting past Feb. 17?

    Monday, February 9, 2009

    We've heard from viewers concerned about our decision to continue broadcasting analog signals past the original Feb. 17 shutoff date following the national delay approved by Congress. We've also heard from viewers grateful for a little more time to get ready.

    Iowa Public Television is, at our core, a public service media organization. We believe it's important to serve all Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. And in the past year, we've fulfilled some of that public service role by assisting Iowans with questions and problems converting to digital television. We've conducted more than 100 town hall meetings around the state, aired 30 hours of information about the switch, and talked with thousands of Iowans having difficulty making the... Read more »

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Iowa Public Television will host the 14th annual Iowa DTV Symposium October 7, 8 and 9 (2008) at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.

The Iowa DTV Symposium has burgeoned into a premier Midwestern digital television conference, drawing media professionals from across the nation. As the conference's reputation has grown, so has the caliber of its speakers, focusing not only on the timely technical issues but on digital content and industry trends.

This must-attend event, as in the past is FREE to all attendees!

Come join us in learning the latest information on DTV, interact and share ideas with others, and take away valuable resources and ideas. You and your organization stand to benefit from the latest information from industry leaders who will share with you what has and has not worked in the fast-breaking digital media arena.

Iowa DTV Symposium 2008


Sponsorship & Technical Track
Karen Schaeffer (515) 725-9766
William T. Hayes (515) 725-9765

Content Track
Wayne Bruns (515) 725-9742
Jeannie Campbell (515) 725-9722

General Information
Karen Schaeffer (515) 725-9766

Iowa Public Television
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Johnston, IA 50131

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