A "Perfect Storm" of a weekend of snow and ice storms contributed to the cause of a fire that destroyed a filter system within the KNPB transmitter on Red Peak, eliminating broadcast of KNPB 5.1 HD, standard digital channel, KNPB Create on 5.2, and KNPB Vme on 5.3. The fire was discovered Sunday, February 27, when all over-the-air broadcast was lost at 8:38 pm during premiere of Stewards of the Rangeland, a new KNPB production.
Viewers subscribing to Dish and Direct TV Satellite networks also experienced the loss, as the KNPB broadcast signal is their source of KNPB for re-transmission on their systems. Subscribers of Charter Cable services in Reno, Sparks, Incline Village, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, and Yerington were unaffected, as Charter receives the KNPB signals on a fiber feed.
Viewers with Internet access can also view Stewards of the Rangeland and many local KNPB productions on the website at watch.knpb.org
KNPB engineering staff are working with the transmitter manufacturer to replace damaged parts, returning the signal as soon as possible.
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