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Entries for month: January 2012

ICTA Supports Idaho Legislature Live

January 07 2012 by Peter Morrill

I would like to thank the Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association (ICTA) for their recent support of Idaho Legislative Live’s gavel-to-gavel coverage of the 2012 Idaho legislative session.

            Idaho House and Senate floor action airs live on Idaho Public Television’s Learn/Create (subchannel -3) and World (subchannel -4) and are video streamed live online at

 When the House and/or Senate are in session, cameras in the chambers capture the floor action for broadcast live on IdahoPTV. Anyone with over-the-air reception of IdahoPTV’s four digital channels can watch the gavel-to-gavel action from the Idaho House (Learn/Create) and Senate (World). These channels also are carried by CableONE in across Idaho, Time Warner cable systems in Moscow and Pullman, Washington, as well as some additional cable systems.

 Budget presentations to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) are live video-streamed. Other committee hearings from the Capitol Auditorium will also be live video streamed online. All other standing committee hearings will be audio streamed. Mobile device streaming to iPhone, iPad and Android devices will also be premiered this session for the House, Senate, JFAC and Capitol Auditorium.

            All streams can be accessed directly at:

            IdahoPTV provides this gavel-to-gavel coverage in partnership with Idaho Legislative Services and the Department of Administration.

 Operational funding for IDAHO LEGISLATURE LIVE is provided by a major grants from the Idaho State Broadcasters Association with additional support from the Union Pacific, Association of Idaho Cities, Idaho Association of Counties, Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association and your contributions to Idaho Public Television Endowment.


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Downton Abbey Season 2 Coming Sunday!

January 04 2012 by Peter Morrill



Downton Abbey, Season 2

Airs Sundays January 8-29 at 9:00 p.m. MT/PT


            Even the seemingly safe and placid world of Downton Abbey is not immune to the vagaries and terrors of war. As World War I unfolds, the modern world of conflict and crisis — much like today’s world — is thrust upon the bucolic British estate and its denizens.

            It is 1916, and the tumultuous era of “the war to end all wars” depicted in the Emmy-winning series, writes Baltimore reviewer Lily Newman, is not unlike today’s state of affairs. “The number of parallels that can be drawn between the world of Downton Abbey and today’s world is striking,” she writes. “The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, though, and seems to intentionally keep modern comparisons to a minimum.”

            As season 2 begins this month, many changes have taken place at Downton Abbey because of the war, which has greatly unsettled both the estate’s residents and servants. A new maid proves difficult, and an announcement from Matthew Crawley stuns everybody, particularly Mary. Meanwhile, there are dramas and surprises for everyone as the war rages on and all are caught up in it in some way as both heroes and villains struggle to survive and forge ahead.

            Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Dan Stevens headline the cast.

            The new season, writes Newman “promises to be everything Downton’s audience has been craving. World War I will get under way, sparks will fly and familial betrayal, real or imagined, will certainly continue. Though it is about an unimaginably wealthy aristocratic family, Downton is shockingly unpretentious and direct. In spite of its period drama genre, it makes the rest of the television landscape look overwrought and overdramatized.”


Sponsors: Boise Co-op, The Flicks, IDeal-Idaho College Savings Program, St. Luke’s Heart





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Watch On-Line Coldplay & Live From Lincoln Center Specials

January 01 2012 by Peter Morrill

 IdahoPTV rung in the New Year with two great programs, Coldplay on Austin City Limits and Live from Lincoln Center Celebrating Bernstein and Gershwin.


If you missed them, you can watch Coldplay at:


 And Live From Lincoln Center:


Both can also be viewed on the wonderful iPad and iPhone app available free at the Apple App Store.


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