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Spectrum Auction Results

Discussion in 'General TV' started by tyrannical bastard, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. CircleSeven

    CircleSeven Midnight Presenter

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    The FCC has temporarily lifted a freeze for stations to filed applications to maximize its facilities for full-power and class-A low-power signals. The freeze started in April 2013.

    Now the lift only apply to stations that are not in part of the repacking process. That mean stations who are in their channels now, and will be on their same channels after the 2020 repack timeline, those are the stations the FCC is talking about.
     
  2. broadcastfan9751

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    There's a new channel-sharing agreement in Boston, and it looks like it might answer the "NBC Boston" question once and for all.

    OTA sold the spectrum for WYCN-CD in New Hampshire in the incentive auction and OTA has now entered into a CSA with WGBX. But, the agreement states that the shared operations will not begin until NBC acquires the WYCN license from OTA. So it looks like WYCN will be the new home of "NBC Boston".
     
  3. CaPa

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    Multichannel News has this report saying that more stations appear to be going dark than originally elected to take the money and not channel share:

    http://www.multichannel.com/news/fcc/number-tvs-going-dark-after-auction-grows/416199

    12 stations who elected to sign off did so on Wednesday, the deadline, but the report says 14 others have gone dark as well. The article doesn't list those stations, nor if they're full-power or LPTVs.
     
  4. CircleSeven

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    Follow-up.

    WUTB will be channel sharing with flaggy WBFF, and not WNUV.

    But it is unclear whether the MyNet stream would still move to WNUV's subchannel or not.
     
  5. CircleSeven

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    I'm just gonna share, word-for-word, what @WVIAEng tweeted out days ago as another channel-sharing operation is about to take place.

    "On Monday, December 4 at 10am, we will be moving off our current broadcast channel of 41 and sharing channel space with WNEP on channel 50. WNEP's channels will still appear as 16.1-16.3, WVIA's as 44.1-44.3, a channel rescan is necessary after 12/4. Only if using an antenna."

    Just yesterday, the same thing but also saying...

    "... Over-the-air viewers will need to do a channel re-scan to get the new signal. Cable/Satellite subscribers are unaffected! Translator viewers will still be able to watch, but the change will not be as immediate. We will post updates as to when sites are back online. Also, WVIA will be broadcast on WNEP's licensed translators as well."

    So, there you go. I'm just the messenger here.
     
  7. Nelson R.

    Nelson R. Managing Editor

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  8. CircleSeven

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    Follow-up. This is very interesting.

    Because of the "soon-to-be?" elimination of the "Eight-Voice Test", Ion is buying WLWC outright (it also owns WPXQ).
    They better hope the advocacy groups don't go to court and ask them to "stay" the Order and grants it.
     
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    Update for Milwaukee; WVCY will be transmitted via WITI's bandwidth as part of a channel sharing agreement. Sinclair, Weigel and Milwaukee PBS are also coordinating efforts about the big rescan on January 8th through the WMLW, WCGV and MPBS sites. Grit and This seem to be the odd channels out; no mention of them at all in the WCGV and WMLW pieces.
     
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  10. CircleSeven

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    There going to have five programming streams on WBME's frequency (The M, Bounce, MeTV, Decades & H&I). So which stream will be on 58.3? I would move MeTV to 58.3 and have WMLW simulcast on 58.2,

    But in regards to WCGV, first, we have yet to see which channel they will share with, but I guess they'll most likely share with its sister station WVTV. I'm kind of surprised that the MyNet would keep the 24.1 virtual channel, assuming they'll share with 18. I would of thought they would've probably terminate or sell the WCGV license, and move the MyNet stream to VC 18.2 (similar to what they did in Vegas when the MyNet stream was moved to the sub of CW channel (33.2), after Sinclair acquired the NBC station) so it would be like two streams on the same callsign, instead of two separate callsigs & VCs on the same frequency. And that if Sinclair successfully hold onto WITI.

    But should WCGV's channel share with WVTV stick, and it maintains the 24.1 VC, then that would set up for Fox's imminent return to Southeast Wisconsin.
     
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    I would think it would keep the 24.1 VC, as it is a separate license. As a separate license, they can require must carry or perhaps better retans consent, vs. a secondary channel on a separate license...

    J
     
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    Sinclair plans to surrender WCGV's license completely due to the Tribune acquisition so it can retain WITI along with WVTV.
     
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    Are you sure that what they're going to do? Because WCGV said their VC will be 24.1 post-frequency switch.
    It was pretty clear when they first said it on the paperwork back in the summer. But right now, I'm not sure if they'll follow through with it. If WCGV keep their 24.1 VC, then that would constitute as two licenses on one frequency, assuming they'll share with 18. And who knows, DOJ might tell them to divest one station in Milwaukee. You may never know.

    I'm not saying Sinclair wouldn't pull the same move like they did in Vegas. But it would be kind of dumb to do a frequency move on 1/8 keeping 24.1, then possibly do a virtual channel move after the Trib deal closes, should it ever comes to that point.
     
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    Sinclair didn't file a channel-sharing agreement for WCGV by the November 24th deadline, nor did it file for a Legal STA to extend the deadline.

    If WCGV does still use 24.1 after it begins Broadcasting on WVTV's spectrum, it would be similar to a situation in Louisville, where WBKI sold its spectrum and went off air, with The CW now on a WMYO subchannel that maps to WBKI's former 34.1.
     
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    They did confirm on Facebook that it will be on WVTV's spectrum and map to 24.1 and 24.2; no more Grit (but that's not a huge loss). Interesting in their note is that they will PSIP tag as 'WVTV-2' and 'WVTV-3', but keep the 24 number.
     
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    WTMJ will pick it up. Grit, that is.
     
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    #217 CircleSeven, Dec 14, 2017 at 3:46 AM
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