Hi! How can we help you?
Please sign in
for a more personalized experience.


Why is the national PBS schedule different from the local PBS?


PBS created its national feed specifically for satellite companies and it features much of the same programming you'd get from a local PBS station. However, in order to encourage viewers to watch and support their local PBS stations, the PBS National Satellite Service airs most prime time programming (8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET) one day later than on local PBS stations. Some timely PBS programs, including THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER, CHARLIE ROSE, WASHINGTON WEEK IN REVIEW, and WALL $TREET WEEK may air at the same day and time as they normally do.

The national PBS feed can be added for $2.50 per month in areas where a local PBS affiliate is not available.


Was This Helpful?

We're sorry to hear that. Contact us orwith a specialist.
We appreciate you taking the time to help us improve our support site. Please take a minute to tell us how we can improve this answer to better serve you. Important: Comments are collected and periodically reviewed to help us improve answers in our knowledgebase. Due to the volume of feedback we receive, we are not able to respond to comments submitted here. If you require a response, please refer to our Contact Us page for ways you can contact DirecTV or click "email us" after you close this screen.

Related Questions

  • Select a package below to view its channel lineup: English Packages Select Entertainment Choice Xtra Ultimate Premier Spanish Packages Mas Latino Optimo Mas Mas Ultra Lo Maximo If your package ...
  • There are several reasons why you may be missing a local station. Because of market realignments, you may now be getting locals from a different market. The changes are based on revised definition...
  • Yes, DIRECTV offers local channels in over 99% of U.S households, available in HD in nearly all of these households. They are included in your base TV package. Please visit our packages page to fin...
  • Yes. DIRECTV currently offers local channels in HD in over 98% of U.S. households. To check HD local channel availability in your area, please visit directv.com/hdlocals.To enjoy HD programming, yo...
  • DIRECTV must obtain permission from SJL Broadcasting to make the CW station available to any of our local customers in the Elmira, NY and Erie, PA locations. To do that we offer cash payments on be...
Still need help? Contact us orwith a specialist.