MPTV Offers Classical Music
June 28, 2007
Classical music lovers who miss hearing their favorite compositions on local radio can listen for them 24 hours a day on Milwaukee Public Television's digital channel 554 on Time Warner cable. The over-the-air broadcast is on digital channel 10-5.
"This is an excellent source of classical music for anyone with a digital TV or Time Warner's digital tier," said Ellis Bromberg, MPTV's general manager, "especially today when more and more viewers are buying new digital audio and video equipment."
The music programming, from WFMT/Chicago's highly-respected Beethoven Satellite Network, provides the audio portion of the broadcast. It is accompanied by maps from the NOAA National Weather Service and the Wisconsin Department of Transportations's freeway camera images.
The channel, known as MPTV Extra, provides the highest technical quality broadcast classical music service in southeastern Wisconsin, according to David Felland, the station's director of TV engineering and operations.
Access to high definition services is not necessary to receive the broadcasts, which are multicast by MPTV along with other digital services. Viewers can receive the signal with either a digital TV set or a set-top converter.
Other MPTV multicast services include V-me, which carries all of its programming in the Spanish language, on Time Warner 551 (channel 10-2). MPTV Kids airs on Time Warner 552 (channel 10-3). MPTV Create, a selection of popular "how-to" and lifestyle programs, is on Time Warner 553 (channel 10-4). MPTV-10, one of the two analog channels operated by the station, repeats its programming three hours later on MPTV Later, Time Warner 550 (channel 10-1).
The station also offers a high definition channel that operates 24 hours a day on Time Warner 510 (36-1). MPTV began digital service in March, 2000.