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KPAX back on the air

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 20:47:16-05

UPDATE: 6:46 p.m. - Feb. 8, 2021

As of Monday evening, the KPAX transmitter has been repaired and the signal returned to antenna viewers along with those watching on Dish Network and DirecTV.

This effort has been our top priority for everyone here at KPAX. We'd like to thank all of our viewers for their patience as we continued to work on the problem.

The transmitter trouble began at around 10 a.m. Sunday when the KPAX site experienced utility power issues. After transferring to the backup power generator the transmitter experience a major failure.

KPAX and its parent company Scripps immediately went into problem solving mode to ensure Super Bowl LV could be delivered to western Montana viewers. By game time,

CBS Sports coverage was made available to almost all viewers affected by the outage. Antenna viewers were able to see the game thanks to an agreement with our colleagues at KTMF ABC/FOX Montana.



UPDATE: 5:02 p.m. - Feb. 8, 2021

As we’ve been reporting over the past two days, KPAX experienced a major transmitter failure Sunday morning. Our tech crews have been scrambling to fix the problem. Right now we are waiting for a key part to ship that will hopefully fix the transmitter.

This outage has affected viewers who watch us with an antenna and those subscribing to satellite services such as Dish Network and DirecTV. We know local news is important to our community. MTN News newscasts on KPAX can be seen anytime with the free KPAX Streaming App for Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV. To learn more, visit kpax.com/streaming.

The transmitter trouble began Sunday morning around 10:00 when the KPAX site experienced utility power issues. After transferring to the backup power generator the transmitter experience a major failure.

KPAX and its parent company Scripps immediately went into problem solving mode to ensure Super Bowl LV could be delivered to western Montana viewers. By game time, CBS Sports coverage was made available to almost all viewers affected by the outage. Antenna viewers were able to see the game thanks to an agreement with our colleagues at KTMF ABC/FOX Montana.

Thank you to viewers for their patience as we work through this technical problem. As efforts continue today, we’ll keep you updated here at kpax.com.

Once again, thank you for your understanding and as soon as we know more we’ll pass it along. This is a priority for our entire team not just here in Missoula but throughout our entire company.



UPDATE: 10:33 a.m. - Feb. 8, 2021

KPAX is still experiencing issues with our transmitter on TV Mountain. For viewers that normally watch us with an antenna, you can see KPAX programming over the air on channel 23.3 until 11 am today. We’d like to thank our colleagues at KTMF ABC/FOX Montana for their assistance keeping our signal on the air today and delivering Super Bowl LV to viewers throughout the region on Sunday.

Unfortunately, viewers that watch KPAX through satellite with services such as Dish Network and DirecTV, cannot see our signal. The technical staff continues to work diligently on the problem. We hope to have a solution soon to bring the local news and CBS/CW programming you’ve all come to expect from KPAX for satellite and antenna viewers.

MTN News newscasts on KPAX can be seen anytime with the free KPAX Streaming App for Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV. To learn more, visit kpax.com/streaming.

The transmitter trouble began Sunday morning around 10:00 when the KPAX site experienced utility power issues. After transferring to the backup power generator the transmitter experience a major failure.

KPAX and its parent company Scripps immediately went into problem solving mode to ensure Super Bowl LV could be delivered to western Montana viewers. By game time, CBS Sports coverage was made available to almost all viewers affected by the outage.

Thank you to viewers for their patience as we work through this technical problem. As efforts continue today, we’ll keep you updated here at kpax.com.



UPDATE: 5:20 p.m. - Feb. 7, 2021

Due to last night’s winter storm, KPAX has experienced issues with our over the air signal.

We have made arrangements to place the game over the air on channel 23.3. It is available now. If you watch with an antenna, you should see the game.

Just prior to kickoff, the Dish Network and DirecTV subscribers were able to receive the game.

We thank you for your patience throughout the day and hope you enjoy the game.



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Due to last night’s winter storm, KPAX Is still experiencing issues with our over the air signal. Throughout the day, it’s also caused interruptions for viewers that subscribe to satellite services such as Dish Network and DirecTV. Our engineers continue to work on the problem.

While that’s going on, we’re making arrangements to ensure today’s game is available to all of you watching on Dish Network and DirecTV. That means if you’re a subscriber to one of those services, you should be able to see the game. We ask that you give us a little time to coordinate it with each company.

For those that watch with an antennae, there are free streaming options available. CBS has their coverage online now at CBSSports.com. You can also watch CBS Sports through streaming devices such as Roku and Apple TV or with the CBS Sports app for your smartphone.

We thank everyone for their patience as we continue to try and fix this technical problem. If there are any changes or updates, we will let you know as soon as possible right here at kpax.com.