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The two noncommercial stations in Los Angeles will give up 6 MHz of spectrum for the FCC’s auction and then share a single over-the-air channel.
Los Angeles stations KLCS and KJLA have concluded their channel sharing trials, and the results are good news for the FCC, which hopes to auction off a large chunk of the broadcast airwaves to mobile carriers next year. Their report, released to the public on Friday, found there are few technical barriers to two broadcasters sharing the same 6 MHz channel.
The TV airwaves over Los Angeles got a bit more crowded last month as two stations tested whether sharing the same broadcast channel is feasible. Their report could determine whether the FCC’s upcoming incentive auction succeeds.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler blogs: “I’ve seen the future, and it’s using 50% less bandwidth to produce a picture with increased quality of up to 300%. I just completed a tour of KLCS, a public broadcaster in Los Angeles. On my visit I saw KLCS putting out 1 HD stream and seven standard-definition streams of programming on its current allotted channel of spectrum, what they call multi-casting. What’s really exciting is that as part of the pilot program with KJLA, KLCS will test broadcasting two full HD streams of programming over the same channel. If the pilot works as engineers expect it will, this could be a game changer for the concept of channel sharing.”
The FCC, as had been expected, approved a CTIA plan to partner with two Los Angeles TV stations to conduct a pilot project with the aim of showing that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum.
The two Los Angeles stations, in conjunction with CTIA, ask the FCC to let them conduct a series of tests that will culminate in KLCS “hosting” KJLA’s content and transmitting a shared stream that will combine the two stations’ primary and multicast content.