Vendors see the end of a long RF repack process ahead with FCC deadlines being met, sometimes assisted by Special Temporary Authorities and interim transmission facilities. RF vendors are now looking to other revenue opportunities as the repack slows down. (Dielectric photo)
The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA) hosted the Fifth Annual Low Power Television and Translator Industry Awards during the Annual Low Power Television Industry Association Reception and Awards during the NAB Show Monday night April 8. “The awards are an opportunity for the LPTV and Translator industry to shine the light on their work and […]
Waypoint Media’s Jackson, Tenn., NBC-CW affiliate is feted by the Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance for its programming, business acumen and local commitment.
Using leased broadcast spectrum, mostly low-power, the startup envisions partnering with telcos to bring high-speed broadband service to consumers now struggling with no broadband access or low-speed service only. “This is a great use of a spectrum,” says DTVCast founder John Kyle.
When the House Communications Subcommittee convenes today to learn more about the FCC’s planned incentive auction, no representative of the low-power television indusry will be heard. That’s wrong. “It is the only group that has nothing to gain and everything to lose, especially if the repack is as aggressive as some would like it to be.”
Eight agriculture and conservation organizations tell the FCC that their members “rely heavily on broadcast television for local public affairs programming, news, weather and emergency information” and are concerned that the commission’s upcoming incentive auction may leave them without access to over-the-air television.
Horizon Media, the New York-based independent media shop, said today it was launching a new research effort called the “Horizon Proving Ground” in partnership with WNCE-CA, an independent low-power TV station in Saratoga Springs-Glen Falls, N.Y. And additional station partners will follow.
That the FCC seems to be moving quickly to cull LPTV stations from the Class A herd just a week after Congress cleared the way for a spectrum auction is likely no coincidence.
The Coalition for Free TV and Broadband and the National Translator Association are teaming up and heading to Washington to meet with members of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. Their goal: to make sure Class A TVs, LPTVs and TV translators are not lost in the spectrum auction shuffle.