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PBS Satellite Service

PBS Satellite Service or "HD01" (formerly PBS Schedule X in Eastern Time, with the west coast delay signal designated PBS-XD) is the 24-hour network feed from the PBS that provides a mixed variety of programming selected from PBS's regular network service. In the X/XD years was multicast by some PBS member stations on an over-the-air DTV subchannel along with their regular programming, or during overnight hours on their main channel to provide a second opportunity for viewers to watch or record primetime programming.

As of 2015, the PBS Satellite Service can be received unscrambled via satellite on these coordinates:

  • PBS-HD01 on the AMC-21 satellite (at 125°W), on: Ku-band transponder 22 (12140 MHz), vertical polarity, DVB, unencrypted.
  • The defunct PBS-X (east/west, with the western feed tagged "XD") and other secondary PBS services (such as PBS Kids (in standard definition) are or had been also on the AMC-21 satellite as Ku-band transponder 24 (12180 MHz, vertical polarity), unencrypted.

Currently, select stations broadcast the feed, usally overnight, like KGTF (PBS Guam) The channel is also available over satellite providers like DirecTV (Channel: 389) This channel along with a national feed of Ion Television (Channel: 305 east, 306 west) is available to viewers of DirecTV (and other providers, PBS stations provide all of their channels free to TV providers) who do not receive local channels.



Currently, PBS Satellite uses the national PBS logo.


PBS Satellite Service is freely and nationally available from AMC-21 at 125°W using free-to-air satellite dishes as small as three feet.

PBS Satellite Service provides two free national feeds in each format, one scheduled for the Eastern U.S., the other, PBS-XD, on a three-hour delay to fit timezone differences for the West Coast. These services have been succeeded by the 1080i high-definition digital feeds PBS HD01 and HD02.

Various videos of the networkEdit (1994, PBS indent and looped message saying, "You watching PBS Satellite on this satellite.) (1990, electronic programming guide showing various programs, like, This Old House) (1995, 5-second indent saying, "Your watching PBS. Viewer supported public television.") (2018, PBS Promos before Mr. Rogers Neighborhood) (2001, PBS Kids promos before PBS Newshour) (2001, During 9/11 PBS Kids promos before Zoom) (2001, During 9/11 Newshour credits before PBS Kids) (2016, Test Pattern before Charlie Rose)

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