Of course you don't get as many shows on PBS & many of them are very old, but I like the chefs (& for the most part they are chefs not just cooks) better. Plus I'm just not that big of a fan of the competition shows. I'm more interested in technique & food history than the supposed drama & personality clashes.
Favorites are Jacques & Julia (together or alone) Lidia's Italy, Avec Eric, America's Test Kitchen, New Scandinavian Cooking & Rick Bayliss. Old favorites I haven't seen for awhile include the Jeff Smith's Frugal Gourmet, Yan Can Cook & a hilarious Cajun whose name escapes me at the moment.
Of course you don't get as many hours of programming but with digital now some stations devote one of their signals to "Home" which is typically cooking, gardening & handyman-type shows. I've lived in 5 midwestern states & all have devoted at least one weekend daytime to cooking shows.