Viewers of tv2/KLBC have noticed a vast improvement in the quality of the picture on their television screens. The Laughlin-based television station recently changed the way it sends its programming to Suddenlink from a microwave signal to fiber optics. The change has been dramatic.
“We are pleasantly surprised at the change in quality,” said tv2/KLBC general manager R. Bruce Clark. “Our viewers are still contacting us to let us know how much better the signal is at their house or office.”
The change couldn’t come at a more convenient time for the 26-year old television station. In November, the station’s microwave system started experiencing technical issues. Finding someone in the Tri-State area with the experience to repair or rebuild them was impossible.
“When it started getting cold, the signal started getting bad and we finally tracked it down to the microwave dishes,” Clark said. “They were 21 years old and the cold weather finally did them in.”
They were only supposed to last eight years. Ten years, tops. They were installed in 1994 when tv2 first went on the air in Bullhead City and Mohave Valley.
“We were amazed that they lasted so long,” Clark added.
tv2 had to look elsewhere for help. The station’s IT manager teamed up with technicians from Suddenlink and found a solution that led to the change in signal delivery. tv2 has been providing its programming signal to CenturyLink in Las Vegas via a fiber optic system for several years.
When Suddenlink purchased the cable company in Laughlin, it integrated the system to their system in Bullhead City, tv2 included. A fiber optic line from the tv2 studios in the Laughlin Town Center to the Suddenlink facilities in Laughlin allowed the cable company to change the method of delivery.
“We couldn’t have done this without the hard work and dedication of the staff at Suddenlink,” Clark stated. “They went out of their way to help us and did a great favor.”
tv2/KLBC is available to approximately 25,000 homes and hotel rooms in Laughlin, Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Mohave Valley by way of Suddenlink. Another 65,000 homes in Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City carry tv2 programming on the CenturyLink system. So far this year, the television station also boasts more than 212,000 unique online viewers of its popular programs. “The Morning Show” and Tri-State on Patrol can be accessed through the station’s website at www.tv2klbc.com.