SYRACUSE -- While many of us see a new year as a clean slate, a New Year's Eve transmitter outage at CBS5 (WTVH) will continue "for several days" into 2014, the station announced today. Until the main 5.1 transmitter returns to service, over-the-air viewers can catch CBS programming on WSTM digital subchannel 3.3.
As has been the case in the past, the outage only affects viewers who rely on WTVH's over-the-air signal. WTVH provides a direct feed to Time Warner, Verizon and other cable/fiber services, so customers of these services are not affected.
Although WTVH and WSTM are technically owned by two different companies, WSTM owner Sinclair Broadcast Group operates WTVH through a shared services agreement with WTVH owner Granite Broadcasting. It has been commonplace during previous WTVH transmitter outages for CBS programming to temporarily displace the automated local news/weather feed on WSTM channel 3.3.
Although WTVH’s transmitter was infamous for a string of outages a couple of years ago, this is the first outage we've reported on in nearly a year. Here's the coverage from some previous outages: