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CPT12 is All-Digital – Beginning January 4, 2011

Colorado Public Television (CPT12) is expanding its channel options to existing new and existing digital Comcast customers who will now get all three of CPT12's channels including 12.2 (Comcast channel 251), the best of independently produced documentaries, music, travel, exercise and more. And, on channel 12.3, MHz Worldview (Comcast channel 252), a channel providing international news from five continents and diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.

Additionally, with this shift to Comcast's Xfinity TV, we're moving into new mountain communities throughout Colorado. When you visit Aspen, Glenwood, the Winter Park area or Rifle and Silt, you'll be able to tune into the quality and diverse programming you love from CPT12 through Comcast's Xfinity cable service.

How to know if this change impacts you:

How do you watch Colorado Public Television? Please read the appropriate section below to see if this change will affect your CPT12 signal.

Cable Viewers:

  • Cable Option 1: If you subscribe to Comcast’s “Basic” analog service (you are receiving only the local Denver channels 2 - 15) THIS CHANGE WILL AFFECT YOU, but you have options from which to choose!
    • Visit Comcast.com (or call 1-800-COMCAST). Your options will include the following:

Service Name:

What You Receive:

Basic Analog Service

No cable box required
CPT 12.1 will no longer be available after Jan 4, 2011

Economy Video

Will receive CPT12.1

Digital Starter

Will receive CPT12.1, CPT12.2 & CPT12.3

Digital Preferred

Will receive CPT12.1, CPT12.2 & CPT12.3

Digital Premier

Will receive CPT12.1, CPT12.2 & CPT12.3

  • Note:  If you want all three Colorado Public Television channels, you need “Digital Starter” or higher.
  • Note: If you are upgrading from the “Basic” service to the next level of digital cable service, you will receive 3 free pay-per-view cable movie coupons simply for telling them that you are a Channel 12 viewer (you do not need to be a member of channel 12).
  • Cable Option 2: If you are already subscribed to digital cable (you receive a minimum of channels 2-100), THIS CHANGE WILL NOT AFFECT YOU. You do not need to take any action.
    • Note: After January 4, you will also be able to see CPT12’s other digital channels on cable channels 251 and 252 if you have subscribed at the "Digital Starter" level or higher.
If you are interested in becoming a cable subscriber, simply call Comcast’s Xfinity (Comcast) at 800-COMCAST to see if this service is right for you. If you elect to receive an expanded digital cable channel line up, make sure that you mention that you are a channel 12 viewer to receive your three free pay-per-view coupons! You will also enjoy CPT12’s new digital channels on cable’s 251 and 252.

Over-the-Air Viewers (Antenna):

  • Colorado Public Television is available free and over the air with an antenna.
  • THIS CHANGE WILL NOT AFFECT OVER-THE-AIR VIEWERS. You do not need to take any action.

Satellite Viewers:

  • Service subscriptions are available through Dish Network and DirecTV for a fee.
  • THIS CHANGE WILL NOT AFFECT SATELLITE VIEWERS. You do not need to take any action.

Online Viewers (On Demand):

  • You can watch many of your favorite programs online at video.CPT12.org (or by visitng our homepage at CPT12.org, then clicking on the “Watch Online” tab).
  • Local programs are available after the broadcast schedule date, but many national PBS programs are available online even before they air on CPT12.
  • THIS CHANGE WILL NOT AFFECT ONLINE VIEWERS. You do not need to take any action.


Why is CPT12 migrating to Comcast's Xfinity TV digital?

The move to digital Xfinity TV will provide more Coloradans with access to CPT12’s diverse programming and it expands our viewing area to more locations throughout the state. These areas include the Roaring Fork Valley, the Winter Park area and Rifle and Silt, Colorado.

Will I still be able to tune in to CPT12 over the air in Denver and other ciites along the Front Range?

Absolutely. CPT12’s move to digital cable does not affect people who get our signal using an antenna (over the air).

I view CPT12 via satellite. Will this move to digital cable affect me?

If you receive CPT12 using either Dish Network or DirecTV, you will NOT be affected by the move to Comcast's Xfinity TV digital.

Which mountain communities will now receive CPT12?

We are delighted to be joining the communities of the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen and Basalt will be on Comcast's Xfinity TV Channel 10, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs will be on Channel 12), the Winter Park area (Granby will be on Channel 12) and Rifle and Silt (will be on Channel 12).

Eventually, as Xfinity TV expands their service area, we will be accessible to new mountain communities over time.

I already have Comcast's Xfinity TV digital. Do I need to do anything?

Since you're already a Comcast Xfinity TV digital subscriber, you should not have to do anything to access our signal. If you subscribe to Comcast's "Economy" cable tier, you will still receive CPT12.1. If you subscirbe to Comcast's higher digital tiers, you will be able to view all three CPT12 channels after January 4, 2011:

  • CPT12.1 – Colorado Public Television’s flagship signal provides a widely-recognized model for alternative PBS service – setting a high standard for superb local, national and international programs. Now celebrating 30 years, Channel 12.1 continues to educate and entertain with the best in children’s, music, documentary, health, global and public affairs programming.
  • CPT12.2 – The NEW Channel 12.2 offers an expanded lineup of documentaries, children’s programming, targeted how-to shows about exercise, cooking, home improvements and travel, as well as nightly music specials. Channel 12.2 gives viewers the chance to take a second – and often more in-depth – look at the relevant programming of the day. (As of January 4, 2011, you can find CPT12.2 on Comcast's Xfinity TV channel 251.)
  • CPT12.3 – This channel features MHz WORLDVIEW – a lineup of programs from around the world that provide diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience. Programming blocks include world news, foreign affairs, international mysteries, world music, sports, and foreign films. (As of January 4, 2011, you can find CPT12.3 on Comcast's Xfinity TV channel 252.)

Do I need to purchase any equipment to receive CPT12?

It depends; be sure to ask a Comcast representative about the “DTA box” option for simply upgrading your analog channels 2-15 to digital 2-99.  Additional digital TV services are available from Comcast as well as other satellite providers and Over-The-Air (antenna) viewing options.

I have more questions. What should I do?

For questions concerning your TV signal or anything of a technical nature, please select how you receive your signal::

  • E-mail us (please select how you receive our signal):

  • Give us a call at 303.296.1212 (or toll-free at 800.727.8812) weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm

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