Frequently Asked Questions
- Why are some of my favorite programs preempted during pledge periods?
- Another pledge drive? Isn't there a better way to raise money?
- Why don't you broadcast more high school championship events?
- Why did you take off my favorite program? / Why can't you bring back (program title), which was broadcast many years ago?
- When is (program title) going to be on again?
- Why can't you broadcast the British comedies earlier?
- Why are we hearing Spanish / the news / descriptions during some children's programs or some prime-time programs?
- Why can't I find a recipe from one of your cooking programs on your Web site?
- I want more information about (program title), but couldn't find anything at your Web site.
- On your Web site, what is a tag?
- I see boxes of unmarked icons on some of your Web pages. What are those for?
- Still need your question answered?
Why are some of my favorite programs preempted during pledge periods?
We realize it can be frustrating when a program you’re fond of disappears during Festival. Very few shows produce 52 weeks a year of new material and in many cases the shows are not timed or formatted for fundraising purposes by the producers. Programs are selected to air during pledge drives not only for their ability to entertain or enlighten but their potential to generate contributions. As more viewers join you as Friends of Iowa Public Television members, they support the programs that we all enjoy year round. We try to minimize the disruption of your favorites by limiting pledge days to fewer than 20 per year—just 5 percent of our annual broadcast schedule—so that you have more than 340 days a year pledge-free.
Another pledge drive? Isn't there a better way to raise money?
Pledge drives are unbeatable when it comes to encouraging new members to join Friends of Iowa Public Television in the least costly way. When viewers just finish watching a program that they feel is worthy of support, they are strongly motivated to make a contribution. Pledge drives make it easy for current members to renew and for other viewers to join. During our 20 days per year of televised fundraising, we’re able to generate 20 percent of our contributions from individuals. When we attract new members and additional gifts on air, there are more dollars available for the programs you enjoy.
Why don't you broadcast more high school championship events?
The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union own the broadcast rights to the various high school championship events and they award the broadcast rights to various organizations. In 2006 IPTV broadcast the Boys Baseball, Girls Softball and Volleyball championships. For more information on where you can find broadcasts of other championships, please call IHSAA at (515) 432-2011 or IGHSAU at (515) 288-9741.
Why did you take off my favorite program? / Why can't you bring back (program title), which was broadcast many years ago?
IPTV purchases the broadcast right for all programs. The "rights" tell us how many times we can broadcast a program within a certain period of time. This is normally four times over three or four years although it could be much shorter or longer. At the end of that time period, IPTV is not able legally to broadcast the program. Occasionally, old programs will be available again so additional rights can be bought.
Many series have a limited number of programs. Most of the "how-to" series (i.e. cooking, sewing, quilting, painting, woodworking, travel, etc.) contain only 13 episodes. Sometimes new series (of 13) are made every year or two, so the program returns with new episodes.
When is (program title) going to be on again?
At the top of IPTV's home page, click on "TV Schedule" which will take you to the program listings page. You can search by title (or partial) title. All broadcasts dates of the program will be listed. This is useful for broadcasts in the next week or next month, but not in the distant future.
Why can't you broadcast the British comedies earlier?
Public TV stations are required to broadcast many programs that are distributed by PBS on the evening that they are given to stations (by satellite). Saturday evening and late-night hours during the week are times when PBS programs are not coming to us, so those time slots are used for programs such as Britcoms, which come from other distributors.
Why are we hearing Spanish / the news / descriptions during some children's programs or some prime-time programs?
The second audio program (SAP) channel has been turned on either on your stereo TV set or stereo VCR, and you need to turn it off to get the audio that goes with the program. The controls usually are located in the audio menu and could be designated as SAP, MTS, audio B or audio 2. IPTV uses the SAP channel for DVS/DVI (descriptive video for the visually impaired), Spanish translation, and on weekday mornings for a news reading service for the visually impaired. If necessary, consult your TV or VCR instruction manual.
Why can't I find a recipe from one of your cooking programs on your Web site?
We often get inquiries for the wonderful recipes featured on the how-to cooking programs that air on Iowa Public Television. While we wish we had immediate access to all of them, unfortunately we do not. IPTV has the same access to the recipes as our audience members. We do not have the legal rights to distribute the recipes because we do not own the program (we did not produce it).
While some of the cooking programs offer free access to their recipes via the Internet, others create cookbooks for purchase as a source of generating revenue to help offset their production costs.
To find recipe information for the cooking programs on IPTV on Saturday mornings, or in the Create schedule on IPTV LEARNS, visit the click on the Web Sites A to Z list to find a link to the program's Web site.
I want more information about (program title), but couldn't find anything at your Web site.
Many programs in our Web listings have a link to the program's own Web site (if there is one). From Iptv.org select the show you are looking from the "Programs A to Z" drop down menu. The next page will feature a "Visit the Web site" link. Sometimes you can also find information by going to the PBS Web site www.pbs.org. At the top of the home page, click on "programs A-Z" and chose the title you need. If there is a Web site for that program on the PBS.org system, you will be taken to it.
On your Web site, what is a tag?
A tag is like a keyword: a word or phrase that describes the content of a page. When you click on a tag, you see other pages that share that tag. This helps you find pages that have similar or related content.
When many tags are listed in one place, they are frequently organized into a tag cloud. In a tag cloud, the size of the tag represents how many items have been tagged with that keyword or phrase.
For more information on tags, read this article on Wikipedia.
I see boxes of unmarked icons on some of your Web pages. What are those for?
The icons on many of our iptv.org pages represent different social networking Web sites: del.icio.us, Digg, Facebook, Reddit and Furl. If you have an account with any of these web sites, you may click on the icon to quickly add an iptv.org page to your profile.
Here are some of the social bookmarking icons we're currently using on iptv.org:
For more information on social bookmarking, see this article on Wikipedia.
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