Nearly a week after being knocked off the air by a broken transmitter, KDLH-TV - the CBS affiliate in the Northland - is broadcasting again to antenna and satellite viewers.
Northland's NewsCenter, which handles operations for KDLH, announced online late Saturday that the station was broadcasting again on Channel 3.1, along with its digital subchannel that carries programming from the CW network. Viewers may need to do a channel scan to pick up Channel 3's signal again.
KDLH had a major transmitter failure last Sunday night, cutting off its signal for about half of the viewers in the region about midway through "60 Minutes." The outage affected TV watchers who use an antenna to receive channels, as well as Dish Network and DirecTV subscribers. Charter Cable subscribers were not affected because the cable system did not rely on the transmitter to receive KDLH's programming.
As of Wednesday morning, CBS programs started airing on the KBJR subchannel 6.3 - and they'll continue to air there for a limited time.
The fix comes just in time to allow Northland viewers to catch Sunday's American Football Conference championship game between Denver and New England.
The station is unable to re-air programs that played during the outage because they were still available to some viewers, Dave Jensch, vice president and station manager at Northland's NewsCenter, told the News Tribune last week. Northland's NewsCenter is directing viewers to cbs.com, where full episodes can be streamed.
Local advertisers were given the option of a refund for missed air-time or the commercials can be re-run, Jensch said.
A similar incident happened in 1998, when ice chunks destroyed a transmitter, and the local TV station ended up hanging an antenna at Channel 8's tower until it could be repaired.