Local TV station Access LaPorte County undergoes upgrades

Access LaPorte County, which provides programming of LaPorte, Michigan City and LaPorte County governmental meetings as well as some local events, has undergone significant digital upgrades, according to Director of Operations Mike Dempsey.

On Comcast, Access LaPorte County can be found on channel 97.

A year-long project, the transformation from analog signals being carried over coax cable to Griffith, IN, has been replaced with digital signals being immediately uploaded over fiber optics to the Comcast network in St. Joseph, MI, Dempsey stated in a press release. “This method instantly places digital programming on the Comcast grid, the result being a better picture and sound quality, even though ALCO has yet to acquire high-definition channels on the Comcast system.”

Channel 97 is now available on not only television and computers, but also on cross-platform devices (IOS and Android) such as tablets and smartphones. “It’s as easy as going to ALCO’s website, www.accesslaportecounty.org, on a device and clicking on the Channel 97 logo,” Dempsey said.

“2017 was a year of rebuilding, restructuring and replacing equipment that now places Access LaPorte County Television as one of the premier public-access television companies in the state, if not the Midwest,” he said.

Next on the list for ALCO will be a rebranding campaign in 2018. Dempsey says ALCO has overcome many obstacles in past years and is looking forward to ALCO’s new name, a fresh and honorable reputation, and an up-to-date technology base.

For more information, visit http://www.accesslaportecounty.org.

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