New Channel Lineup FAQs

On December 1, 2017, the new Iowa PBS KIDS.2 and Iowa PBS Create.4 channels launched. And we know you have questions about how to watch them, so we put this list of frequently asked questions together. If your question isn’t listed here, you can contact us through our feedback form or call us at 800.532.1290.

How can I watch Iowa PBS’s new channels with an antenna?

As of December 1, 2017, Iowa PBS’s antenna viewers will notice a new channel lineup: IOWAPBS.1, Iowa PBS KIDS.2, Iowa PBS WORLD.3 and Iowa PBS Create.4. Some television sets perform channel scans automatically, but if you don’t see a .4 channel in your lineup, you’ll have to perform one manually.


  1. If you have a converter box with an older analog TV, use the box remote (NOT the TV remote). If you have a digital TV, use that remote.
  2. Use the Menu button to search on-screen for a sub-section called “Auto Scan,” “Auto Program,” “Auto Tuning” or “Channel Scanning.” You may find it under a “Setup” heading. The specific wording varies among brands, and you may need to check the owner’s manual. The “Setup” section will usually cover scanning.
  3. Use the up/down and left/right arrows to move through the on-screen menu. Highlight the scanning function, press “OK” or “Enter” and let the scan proceed. It takes only a few minutes; results will display when the scan is done.
  4. Once finished, your set should display all of Iowa PBS’s channels on the updated lineup.

How can I watch Iowa PBS’s new channels on cable or satellite?

While we do offer all of our channels to cable and satellite providers, those companies make the final decision about whether or not to include them in their packages. They also determine the channel number in their system.

Mediacom Cable subscribers will find Iowa PBS KIDS.2 on channel 794. Iowa PBS WORLD.3 is on 119, and Iowa PBS Create.4 is on 118. 

If you subscribe to a different cable service, you will need to contact your provider to find out if they carry the new Iowa PBS KIDS channel, WORLD and Create, and where to find them in the channel lineup. At this time, satellite television providers have chosen to not include these three channels in any of their packages.

If you are able to receive our signals with an antenna, but have a cable plan that does not offer all four channels, or subscribe to satellite, you still have some options. If your cable or satellite box is not using the ANT IN port on the back of your set, you can plug an antenna in there and use your remote to switch between inputs. If you’re a satellite subscriber, you may also find a port on the back of your satellite box where you can plug in an antenna. Or, consider having one TV in your home not connected to cable or satellite service to receive our over the air signals.

How can I watch Iowa PBS’s new channels online?

Currently, only Iowa PBS KIDS.2 is available to livestream at, or through the PBS KIDS Video App available on mobile devices and streaming services, including iOS, Android, Amazon, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and the PBS KIDS Plug & Play.

Why aren’t the other channels available via livestream?

Iowa PBS and PBS purchase programming from many different sources, and the broadcast rights do not include livestreaming rights in many instances.

Most Iowa PBS produced programming is available to watch on demand in on and on YouTube.

Many PBS programs can be watched in the Video area of Extended access to PBS programming is available through the video on demand member benefit, Iowa PBS Passport.

Why did you move Create to .4 instead of leaving it on .2?

We wanted the Iowa PBS KIDS channel to only be one click away from the main channel so when children decide to switch over for a different program they won’t be clicking past Iowa PBS WORLD, which isn’t always appropriate programming for children.

What shows are included on Iowa PBS KIDS.2? Are all PBS KIDS shows featured on it?

The Iowa PBS KIDS.2 channel currently includes the following 21 PBS KIDS programs:

  • Arthur
  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Cyberchase
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Elinor Wonders Why
  • Hero Elementary
  • Molly of Denali
  • Nature Cat
  • Odd Squad
  • Peep and the Big Wide World
  • Peg + Cat
  • Ready Jet Go!
  • Sesame Street
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Splash and Bubbles
  • Super WHY!
  • Wild Kratts
  • WordGirl
  • WordWorld
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

What is PBS KIDS Family Night?

PBS KIDS Family Night is a weekly family viewing event featuring movie specials or themed programming every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and repeating on Saturday and Sunday evenings at the same times. Visit the schedule for upcoming weekends.

Will the Iowa PBS Create.4 schedule change?

The schedule you’ve been watching during weekday daytimes, weekend prime time and daily late nights will remain the same, and now you’ll find an expanded schedule of PBS how-to programs airing the entire broadcast day. On weekdays, you’ll find a regular schedule of cooking, woodworking and travel in prime time. And you’ll now have three chances to watch the themed weekend marathons—Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.