Flip on channel 1 and Spanish-speaking viewers, Filipinos, Taiwanese, Vietnamese and Indians now have a television channel devoted to their community. For free.
KAXT is the most diverse television channel in the nation, says Vice-President Ravi Kapur, with 12 different news channels and eight audio stations, to serve communities in the Bay Area that never had their own stations. Citizens are producing their own content for these channels.
On Sept. 26, Kapur and business partner Warren Trumbly will launch the first African-American television channel to increase their coverage of diverse ethnic communities. This channel will show movies and programs with black entertainers, but unlike cable stations, this is a free public channel.
Once the FCC transitioned from analog to digital television in 2009, Kapur and Trumbly were able to transmit 20 channels using one stream. Ah, the power of digital.