Indiana television viewers are served by several different markets, broadcasting both from within the state of Indiana and from surrounding states. Central Indiana television is within the Indianapolis market, and other Indiana markets include South Bend, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, and Evansville. Indiana residents also watch TV from Chicago, Louisville, and Cincinnati.
Indiana has been pivotal in the history of television. Pioneering manufacturer RCA operated in Indiana for many years. The very first color televisions were produced in their Bloomington, Indiana, plant, and they ran four factories there that made up the largest manufacturing business for televisions anywhere. The Indiana State Museum exhibits artifacts from this era, such as prototype and pro-production televisions from the RCA factories.
How to Find Channels
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Since Indiana is divided into two time zones, with most of the state in the Eastern zone but parts of the western side in the Central zone, some confusion can arise over when television programs should be aired. In some areas, stations delay broadcast of primetime programming in order to accommodate time zone differences.
Current Television Networks
The largest TV market in Indiana is the Indianapolis market, ranked number twenty-six overall in size in the United States with over one million homes viewing broadcasts in the area. Indianapolis serves the central part of the state with broadcasts from the major networks through their affiliates WRTV (ABC), WISH-TV (CBS), WTHR (NBC) and WXIN (Fox). Indianapolis has twelve high-power broadcast stations, and other networks represented include ION Television, the CW, and TBN.
Fort Wayne, Indiana, is also home to affiliates for all the four major networks, plus PBS and TCT, or Tri-State Christian Television. South Bend, Terre Haute, and Evansville are the other major markets based in Indiana, also providing broadcasts from both major and minor networks. The remainder of Indiana residents are served by smaller markets like Lafayette, and markets based in other states like Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois.
Many households in Indiana receive a signal from independent broadcaster WJYS, which is licensed to Hammond, Indiana, and broadcasts from the Willis Tower in Chicago. It features mostly secular and Christian paid programming, along with some entertainment shows.
Current Cable and Satellite Providers
Cable TV in Indiana is provided by, among others, national companies like Comcast and Time Warner, as well as Bright House Networks. Satellite, as well, is available to Indiana consumers from major companies Dish Network and DirecTV.
College and Campus Television
Since 2002, Indiana University has operated Indiana University Student Television (IUSTV) at is Bloomington campus. This station is designed to serve students at the university and residents of the surrounding area. One of its stated goals is to provide experience in the television broadcasting field to students who are looking to gain hands-on studio time. It features Hoosier sports, news broadcasts, and entertainment programming.
The Department of Communication and Creative Arts at the Purdue University Calumet campus produces a weekly half-hour program called Purdue Cal and You, which is available to residents of northwestern Indiana through their cable services
DTV Channel Lists are available for the following cities in Indiana.
Indianapolis, Indiana (IN)
Fort Wayne, Indiana (IN)
Evansville, Indiana (IN)
South Bend, Indiana (IN)
Gary, Indiana (IN)
Hammond, Indiana (IN)
Bloomington, Indiana (IN)
Muncie, Indiana (IN)
Anderson, Indiana (IN)
Terre Haute, Indiana (IN)