A Joseph Ross
Sat Jan 7 23:35:41 EST 2017

TV Guide did that starting in the 1950s.  The default was the black 
TV-screen-shaped icon, with a white channel number.  If there was 
another station on the same channel within the coverage area of that 
particular edition, there would be a white icon with a thin black border 
and a black channel number.  I first saw this when I lived in the 
Albany, NY area in 1953-57, where WRGB had the black "6" icon and some 
other channel 6 somewhere had the white icon.

On 1/7/2017 7:07 AM, Bob Nelson wrote:
> I think at one point things like the Globe's TV magazine had a page with a
> chart showing cable TV channel positions in various locations.
> I haven't bought TVGuide in years but at one point they had a whole bunch
> of channels to list and in some cases they had to use different symbols;if
> they somehow listed both the channel 6s in Portland and New Bedford, one
> would be a white 6 in a black TV shaped background while the other was a
> black 6 in a white background. Or was that a local newspaper doing that.
> It's a bunch of confusion with the likes of channel numbers, virtual ones,
> or cable ones.Ch 50 in NH is probably on another channel number really and
> I think they actually use the number 18 because that's where they are on
> many cable systems. I think Ch 22 in Burlington VT area would say, "Channel
> 22, Cable 4". NBCBoston is saying "Ch 10 on most providers" but there are
> various channel locations between Ch 8 WBTS, Ch 60 in NH for those over the
> air, and a subchannel of WMFP 62..and yet we hear they're on 60.5 not
> 62.5..?
> On Friday, January 6, 2017, Bob DeMattia <> wrote:
>> On Charter Worcester, WJAR is only available SD.  Same thing for WGGB.
>> -Bob
>> On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 10:15 PM, Paul Anderson <
>> <javascript:;>>
>> wrote:
>>> On Jan 6, 2017, at 9:11 AM, <javascript:;> wrote:
>>>> No 25.3 (Laff TV)?
>>> I guess I forgot to put that on the list.  Yes, I get 25.3.
>>>> No Providence (10 or 12 anyway)?
>>> Nothing from Providence.  My antenna is a Mohu 50-mile job but it’s
>>> mounted inside on an exterior wall facing east-northeast.
>>> Concerning newspaper TV listings, what a mess!  The Worcester Telegram &
>>> Gazette daily paper shows WJAR as “17” and out-of-order, listing it in
>> its
>>> old spot before WPRI channel 12.  Granted that’s their cable position for
>>> their SD signal, but…  And who really watches the SD channel of any
>> station
>>> these days?  Don’t most people have HD TVs?
>>> I saw no NBC Boston listings in either the MetroWest Daily News, the
>>> Boston Globe or the Boston Herald on Tuesday, but as reported here, the
>>> Herald seems to have caught up.
>>> The papers would be better off using call letters with a guide showing
>>> cable positions.  But I suppose there’s not room in the daily paper for
>>> that.
>>> Paul

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