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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why are some of my favorite programs preempted during pledge periods?
  2. Another pledge drive? Isn't there a better way to raise money?
  3. Why don't you broadcast more high school championship events?
  4. Why did you take off my favorite program? / Why can't you bring back (program title), which was broadcast many years ago?
  5. When is (program title) going to be on again?
  6. Why can't you broadcast the British comedies earlier?
  7. Why are we hearing Spanish / the news / descriptions during some children's programs or some prime-time programs?
  8. Where can I find recipes from the cooking shows IPTV broadcasts, such as Iowa Ingredient, America’s Test Kitchens from Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia’s Italy in America and others?
  9. I want more information about (program title), but couldn't find anything at your Web site.
  10. On your Web site, what is a tag?
  11. I see boxes of unmarked icons on some of your Web pages. What are those for?
  12. 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.

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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.

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Why don't you broadcast more high school championship events?

We will broadcast the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union championships of volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball beginning March 2014. The Iowa High School Athletic Association owns the broadcast rights to the various high school boys’ championship events and they award the broadcast rights to various organizations. For more information on where you can find broadcasts of the boys’ championships, please call IHSAA at (515) 432-2011.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Where can I find recipes from the cooking shows IPTV broadcasts, such as Iowa Ingredient, America’s Test Kitchens from Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia’s Italy in America and others?

Produced by IPTV, Iowa Ingredient recipes can be found on our website at www.iptv.org/iowaingredient. To find recipe information from other programs on IPTV and IPTV LEARNS, or to contact those programs directly for more information, click on the Web Sites A to Z list link in the menu near the top of the page to find a link to the program’s websites.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Del.icio.us
Del.icio.us
Furl
Furl
Digg
Digg
Facebook
Facebook
Reddit
Reddit

For more information on social bookmarking, see this article on Wikipedia.

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Still need your question answered?

If you don't see your question answered in our F.A.Q. section, please contact us.

You may also want to try our Friends Foundation FAQ page.

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