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About Create® TV
More often called “ do-it-yourself”, the program genres seen on Create® TV include viewers' favorite public television series and specials on cooking, travel, home improvement, gardening, arts and crafts, and other lifestyle interests. . The programs seen on Create TV come from American Public Television, The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Create TV was launched in 2006 to serve viewers’ increasing interest in these “do-it-yourself” programs. Create was designed for round-the-clock* broadcast of the most popular lifestyle and how-to programming seen on public television – where lifestyle programming got its start!

On any given day, Create treats home-improvement buffs to This Old House and Rough Cut — Woodworking with Tommy Mac. Food fans will feast on America’s Test Kitchen from Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia's Kitchen, Mexico - One Plate at a Time With Rick Bayless and Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way. Wandering souls will find themselves captivated by Globe Trekker and Rick Steves’ Europe. Budding artists and crafters will appreciate The Best of the Joy of Painting With Bob Ross and Knit & Crochet Now.

In its 10th year, Create annually reaches 44 million viewers nationwide. The channel is produced and distributed by APT, WNET New York and WGBH Boston in association with NETA and PBS. On the Create YouTube channel you’ll find hundreds of videos from Create’s hosts featuring the best in public television’s programs about cooking, travel, home improvement, gardening and arts & crafts.

*The majority of Create channels operate 24 hours daily; some broadcast during a smaller number of hours each day.
What is Create TV?
Create is a commercial-free TV channel – available in nearly 80% of the United States — that features the best of public television’s lifestyle and how-to programs. Create is a service of your local public television station. The channel is digitally broadcast and available via over-the air, cable and some IPTV providers.

Where can I watch Create?
You can find out if Create airs in your market in several ways.
  1. Check with your local public TV station, local cable or IPTV provider. (Satellite services DirecTV and Dish Network do not carry Create.)
  2. Visit CreateTV.com. A pop-up box will prompt you to enter your zip code, choose your local public TV station and select your provider.
  3. Visit CreateTV.com/locate for a map featuring all of the Create stations around the United States.


Do I need cable or a satellite service to receive Create?
No. If Create is available in your area, you can watch it on your local public television station free via “Over-the-Air” (OTA) digital TV. You will need a TV set equipped with an antenna and either a digital tuner or a digital converter box. Create is also available on most cable television systems. Visit CreateTV.com or check with your local public TV station, local cable or IPTV provider to find your local Create channel.

Why isn’t Create available in my town?
Currently, Create is available to in nearly 80% of U.S. markets. For a variety of reasons, your local public TV stations may not opt to broadcast Create in your city/town. Public TV stations pay an annual subscription to air the channel and sometimes, in the face of state and federal budget cuts or bandwidth issues, they must often make difficult choices about programming. Contact your local public television station and let the staff know you’d like to see Create. They welcome your input.

Why does the national Create schedule differ from my local schedule?
To keep viewer interest high, the schedule for Create changes from month to month. Your local public TV station may also customize the Create schedule and insert locally produced shows that appeal to their audience. In addition, not all public TV stations air Create 24/7. Stations must air Create for a minimum of 12 hours a day; they are free to schedule non-Create shows — or split Create with another digital subchannel – for the remainder of the day.

Where do the programs on Create come from?
Create’s lifestyle and how-to programs come from a wide variety of sources: independent producers, production companies and public TV stations, among others. They originate from several distributors, including American Public Television (APT), National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The vast majority Create shows receive their first run on public TV stations prior to their appearance on Create. On occasion, a program will premiere on Create before its public TV release.

How is Create part of public television?
The Digital Television Transition (also called the digital switchover or analog switch-off) allowed stations to "multicast" or send multiple streams of programming to their viewers. In addition to your primary public TV station, you may also receive up to four additional channels from them. Create is one of those sub-channels. Other sub-channels include WORLD, PBS Kids and V-Me.

Why aren’t there advertisements on Create?
All the programs on Create® TV have been created for public television. They are not designed to air on commercial television, so the programs must meet the rigid editorial and funding requirements of public television, including no advertising. Viewers will see credits and short “spots” from generous underwriters whose sponsorship makes the production and distribution of these programs possible. These underwriting credits will typically appear at the start and end of each program and conform to FCC requirements.

Do I need an HDTV to receive Create?
No. If Create is available in your area, you can watch it on any TV equipped with a digital tuner, or attached to a digital converter box or cable set-top box.

I switched to a satellite service and no longer receive Create. What happened?
Unfortunately, neither DirecTV nor Dish Network carry Create. These satellite companies typically commit to carrying only one local public TV station per market and cannot accommodate public TV sub-channels like Create. We do not recommend contacting the satellite services directly; instead, contact your local public television station. They work closely with the various cable and satellite companies providing service in your market and can convey the importance of Create to their viewers.

Can I watch Create outside of the United States?
At this time, Create is only available in the United States and parts of Canada.

Can I watch Create online?
Due to rights restrictions and other considerations, Create does not stream online. You can find many of our shows online on their individually maintained websites.

How can I find out when my favorite shows are on?
There are a few ways to find your favorite shows on Create. Visit www.CreateTV.com/Schedule and click on “Select My Station” to customize the website to show your local Create schedule. Then, select your favorite show from the drop-down menu. Or, select “Shows” from our home page and find your favorite show. Each show page will contain future airings, if available.

How are the shows selected?
Guided by viewer research, a seasoned team of public television veterans selects and schedules the programs on Create. The programs are drawn from the available cooking, travel, home improvement, gardening, arts and crafts, and lifestyle shows already in distribution.

Why are some of my favorite shows not scheduled?
The schedule for Create changes every month to accommodate new programming, to mark special events (holidays), and to return viewer favorites to the schedule. In addition, some programs’ licensing rights may have expired, so the show will be taken out of rotation until new rights are obtained or a new season is produced. Some shows are simply out of production, with their hosts and producers moving on to other projects.

How can I help get my favorite show on Create?
We are always eager to hear from viewers regarding their favorite programs. Please use the “Contact” link below to let us know what you would like to see on the channel. We always appreciate the feedback!

Why don’t you air more Painting and Crafting shows?
The Create audience — like the channel — represents many interests (painting, crafting, traveling, gardening, cooking) and we do our best to accommodate everyone's preferences. Cooking is by far Create’s most popular genre and, as such, receives primetime placement. Arts & Crafts fans can always find their favorite shows between 6:00 am and 7:00 am and 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Sundays through Fridays. In addition, many of Create’s top painting, crafting and needle arts shows maintain robust websites and social media accounts where enthusiasts can find information about projects and patterns and stream full-length shows from past and present seasons.

Is Create interested in program ideas?
Create does not produce programs. Its lifestyle and how-to shows have aired previously on public TV stations nationwide prior to their broadcast on Create. At this time, there is no programming being created solely for Create. However, the Create team is always eager to hear from viewers. Use the “Contact” link below to share your ideas.

How can I find more information about the hosts?
Visit the Cooking, Travel, Home Improvement, Gardening, and Arts & Crafts sections of www.CreateTV.com to view hosts’ biographies, show details, instructional material (tips, recipes, do-it-yourself plans), links and more.

Why can’t I find all the recipes or project instructions featured on the shows online?
We work hard to solicit and upload new content to our website, but unfortunately www.CreateTV.com cannot provide a comprehensive list of all recipes and projects featured on the channel. If the recipe or project you are seeking is not listed, look up the show title and click on the “More” tab for links to other resources. We recommend visiting our hosts’ websites and following their social media accounts for the most up-to-date information on appearances, recipes and tips.

How do I make a suggestion for your website?
We welcome your suggestions to help make CreateTV.com an enriching online experience. Use the “Contact” link below to share your ideas.

To get answers to other questions, please Contact Us.

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations since 1961. For 10 years, APT has annually distributed one-third or more of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. Among its 300 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Rick Steves’ Europe, Live From the Artists Den, Doc Martin, Nightly Business Report, Midsomer Murders, Vera, NHK Newsline, Lidia’s Kitchen, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming and P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home join numerous documentaries and performance programs popular with public television viewers. APT licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. Now in its 10th year, Create® TV — featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming — is distributed by APT. APT also distributes WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org.




As New York’s flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on-air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mike Schneider and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free. For more information, visit www.wnet.org.




WGBH Boston is is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a leader in educational multimedia, including PBS LearningMedia, and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and even two Oscars. Find more information at www.wgbh.org.





The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) is a professional association based in Columbia, S.C. It serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. NETA connects people and ideas, by providing quality program content, educational resources, professional development, management support and national representation. For more information, visit www.NETAonline.org.




PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), with its more than 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 103 million people through television and more than 33 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, www.pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at www.pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS PressRoom on Twitter.





The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,300 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. (Create was awarded a Digital Services Fund grant by CPB.) For more information, visit www.cpb.org.


APT History
As public television’s longest-running program distributor, APT’s pioneering roots extend to the early days of public television, pre-dating the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) by eight years. Incorporated in 1961 as the Eastern Educational Television Network (EEN), APT provided public television’s first interstate interconnection.

The first to distribute such public television staples as The French Chef, hosted by the iconic Julia Child, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Washington Week in Review, APT continued to feed the appetite of American television audiences with entertaining and educational programs. With Tennis from Longwood, APT introduced professional tennis to television in 1963. And, APT brought Monty Python’s Flying Circus to American audiences in 1974.

In 1991, APT presented the original “Three Tenors” performance special — Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert — one which continues to garner rave reviews nearly 25 years after its initial release. And, in 2001, APT offered the first high-definition series on public television, Smart Travels — Europe with Rudy Maxa.

APT Worldwide launched in 1999, introducing an international licensing division responsible for providing high-quality, innovative, non-fiction programming to the global marketplace. APT Worldwide's program catalog includes documentary, lifestyle, science, health, arts, culture, business, history, performance and music. Today, they license content in every market in the world.

APT Today
An industry leader, APT distributes programming to the more than 350 local public television stations across the United States. Working with public-media leaders, producers and talent across the country, the organization continues to seek strong content to complement both locally and nationally produced programs.

APT’s diverse catalog — representing more than 1,000 active titles — provides public TV stations with the flexibility to customize their broadcast schedules to meet local interests and demands. Each year, APT offers public television station programmers nearly 300 new and returning series and specials through a mix of teleconferences and an on-site screening at its annual Fall Marketplace meeting.

APT’s website, APTonline.org, provides valuable information and resources to a variety of users: public television colleagues, program producers, members of the press and viewers. The website continues to grow to provide more information through ever-expanding features, including streaming video, password-protected sections, links to local public television schedules to help viewers find their favorite programs and enhanced search capabilities.

APT counts among its talent some of public television’s most recognizable faces, the hosts viewers know and trust — including Rick Steves, Lidia Bastianich, Christopher Kimball, Steven Raichlen, Rick Bayless, Ming Tsai, Nick Stellino, P. Allen Smith and many, many others.

With a staff of about 30 people, APT continues to hold an important position as a leading distributor of programming to public television stations across the country.

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