KUEN has added another digital subchannel to its existing line-up, with NHK World TV on 9.4. I just discovered the channel after doing a re-scan earlier this morning. MHz World remains on 9.2, and FNX on 9.3.
That was mentioned briefly in the H&I thread earlier this month but we never followed up on it and should have, so thank you for reminding me. I started wondering at the time how much the NHK World (and the other subchannels on KUEN 9) are really watched. Those channels are pretty niched. On the other hand, being a non-comm there aren't a whole lot of options and they have the bandwidth to use. I'd probably choose NASA-TV over any of the others, but that's just me. What do you all think?
As a news junkie, I really enjoy NHK World. I've watched them via streaming for a few years now and am glad to get them locally via antenna now. I've also been very impressed with France 24 via streaming, not so impressed with DW (German). The best is BBC World News but access to them is limited. I can't stream it and my satellite package doesn't have it.
I wonder who decides which subchannels to add to non-commercial TV stations like KUEN. I'm guessing it's the station's management, but who knows. Maybe they poll their viewers to get opinions on which channels to add, since responding to viewer's wants probably equals more contributions.
Well of course ultimately the station's owners (whether commercial or non-commercial) will decide what's on their air. There are lots of factors that could influence their decision, like viewer interest/potential ratings, budget, cost, availability, etc.