Home   |   12 Talk   |   Viewer Buzz   |   Contact Us     

RSS Frequently Asked Questions

What is RSS?
What are RSS Readers?
Where Can I Get an RSS Reader?
How do I start using feeds?
How is RSS different than an e-newsletter?
How is RSS different than a Web site?

What is RSS?

RSS is an easy way to keep up with your favorite news and information. RSS feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. Your RSS reader gathers the content you select from a variety of sources and displays it for you in one convenient location. You can get the latest headlines, video, or other kinds of content (including Colorado Public Television program information) in one place, as soon as it's published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.

RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages that allow you to quickly scan frequently updated web content. The feed is made up of brief headlines or summaries - just click each entry to read its full text.

What are RSS Readers?

In general, the first thing you need is something called an RSS reader. This is a small software program that checks for feed updates and lets you read any new information that has been added. Essentially, it is an "in box" for the web.

Where Can I Get an RSS Reader?

A wide range of RSS readers can be easily downloaded from the Web. Some readers are Web-based while others require you to download a small software program onto your desktop. Most are free to use. We maintain a list of popular RSS readers on our main RSS page. Alternately, the latest editions of several web browsers – including Mozilla Firefox (version 2+) or Internet Explorer (version 7+) – come with a built-in RSS reader.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.

How Do I Start Using Feeds?

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. For example, if you would like the latest Colorado Public Television program schedule for your favorite series, simply visit the A-Z page and you will notice an orange button next to each series that has an RSS feed.

You can find these orange RSS buttons throughout the site – on individual program pages, category pages, etc. Or you can sign up for feeds of the full schedule, primetime schedule, or a schedule of your favorite program category on our RSS page.

To subscribe to an RSS feed on cpt12.org, just follow these simple steps:

Step 1:

  • Choose the RSS feed(s) you want
    (Select it manually on our RSS page, or click any orange RSS button throughout the site)
  • Choose which CPT12 channel(s) you watch
  • Choose your RSS feed reader (optional)
    If you have an online (web-based) reader, select it from the provided list. If your reader is not shown, just skip this step

Step 2:

  • If you selected an RSS feed reader in Step 1:
    Click the reader's logo and the feed will be added automatically
  • If you did NOT select an RSS feed reader in Step 1:
    Cut and paste the provided URL (next to the orange button) into the appropriate place in your feed reader program

How is RSS different than an e-newsletter?

E-newsletters are usually delivered at a time chosen by the publisher. RSS gives you more control by always being available and staying updated. Additionally, you don't have to supply an e-mail address to get the information you want.

How is RSS different than a Web site?

RSS is usually a slimmed-down version of a Web site. Images and other supplementary information are not included in an RSS feed.

Copyright © 2014 Colorado Public Television         Contact Us| About Colorado Public Television| Privacy Policy| Purchase Policy| Site Index| pbs.org

Colorado Public Television - CPT12 (formerly KBDI Channel 12)   |    2900 Welton Street, 1st Floor   |    Denver, Colorado 80205   |    Contact Colorado Public Television

Web Design and Interactive Development by Frontera Interactive - Denver, Colorado