Guillotine Falls On Analog LPTV In One Year

The FCC has issued a Public Notice reminding analog low-power television licensees that all analog transmissions must cease by July 13, 2021, and that deadline will not be extended or waived.

Comark Adds Two New Air-Cooled Transmitters

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark, a manufacturer and supplier of DTV transmitters, encoding systems and associated field services for over 45 years, has introduced the E-Compact EC702MP-BB3 (250W) and EC704MP-BB3 (500W) series high-efficiency air-cooled solid-state UHF DTV transmitters.  These transmitters are being released specifically for requirements of the LPTV repack market. These two new models, EC702MP-BB3 […]

FCC Sets LPTV-Translator Settlement Window

Kathrein Debuts UHF Variable Polarization Omni Antenna For NextGen TV Or LPTV

UHF super-turnstile antennas manufacturer Kathrein has added to its line of omnidirectional super-turnstile antennas, introducing a new model with elliptical and circular capabilities for NextGen TV and LPTV applications. The company says its new 7500000043 antenna “is the first super-turnstile model with variable polarization which can be stacked to increase gain and power capabilities.” The […]

FCC Seeks Input On Analog Radio On DTV

The FCC’s Media Bureau is seeking comment on whether analog LPTV stations should be able to continue to program an analog radio service after the deadline to switch to digital.

Displacement Application Window For Pending Rural LPTV Applicants Opens

WKRP-LP Owner Elliott Block Dies At 71

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LPTV Industry Association Announces Award Winners

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 […]

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LPTV-Translator Relief Freeze Lifted

The FCC has announced that it will lift its 9-year old freeze on applications for displacement relief and digital companion channels by low-power television and TV translator stations. Applications will be accepted starting April 18.

FCC Expands Some Repack Reimbursement

The commission authorizes the reimbursement of low-power television, TV translator and FM broadcast stations for costs incurred as a result of the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction repack.

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FCC Opens LPTV, Translator Settlement Window

The FCC on Tuesday released a public notice announcing a settlement window for mutually exclusive applicants in the Special Displacement Window where LPTV stations and TV translators were displaced by the incentive auction.

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Falcone: LPTV + 3.0 + OTT = Big Opportunity

Investor Philip Falcone’s HC2 Broadcasting is buying up low-power stations that when aggregated and leveraged with OTT, cloud technology and the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard — will offer a near-national platform that he hopes will be attractive to cord-cutters and advertisers.

Sinclair’s Hanson Leaves For HC2

Rebecca Hanson will be responsible for the legal and regulatory operations of HC2’s growing portfolio of mostly low-power TV stations, including the transition to the new ATSC 3.0 standard and related broadcast innovations.

FCC Lifts LPTV, Translator Freeze

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LPTV/Translator Filing Window Opens April 10

In case you forgot, this a reminder to low-power television and TV rranslator broadcasters of the FCC’s Special Displacement Window for LPTV Stations. This 60-day filing window opens up on Tuesday, April 10, and lasts through Tuesday, May 15, at 11:59 p.m. ET. This special window is limited to applications to change channels, which may be filed only by operating LPTV stations and TV translators being displaced from their current channel as a result of the TV spectrum repack.

NAB Objects To Microsoft Spectrum Request

The association tells the FCC that “Microsoft is asking the commission to grant it spectrum for free, with no buildout requirements or service requirements of any kind — substantially better terms than winning auction bidders received.”

T-Mobile To Help LPTVs Make Repack Moves

T-Mobile says it is offering to pay moving costs for low-power stations “that operate on a secondary basis and are unable to obtain a permanent channel in time to accommodate T-Mobile’s rapid deployment of broadband service in the 600 MHz band.”

T-Mobile Joins With Public TV In Repack

T-Mobile has committed to covering the costs for local public television low-power facilities that are required to relocate to new broadcasting frequencies following the government’s recent spectrum incentive auction.

NAB Seeks FCC Relief for LPTVs, Translators

While the FCC will open a limited window for displaced LPTV and translator stations to apply to operate on new channels, some stations may be forced off the air before the application window opens, which could potentially deprive tens of thousands of viewers of access to local TV signals as a result, NAB says.

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FCC Details LPTV New Channel Window

The FCC will open a displacement window for LPTV stations and TV translators after full-power stations that were repacked as a result of the incentive auction have had their own windows when they can request alternative channels or increased facilities. It looks like the LPTV window will be announced at the end of this year.

FCC To Fine Unlicensed Kentucky LPTV

The commission wants to charge the operators of a low-power TV station in Morehead, Ky., $144,344 for operating without a valid license after they failed to renew their license and ignored FCC warnings.

 

Edge Spectrum Acquires 3ABN LPTVs

Edge Spectrum Inc. (ESI) announced today the acquisition of 60 operating low-power television stations and 10 LPTV construction permits from Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) in a move that the companies said “will continue and enhance the 3ABN mission.” The full terms of the transaction were not disclosed. According to Vern Fotheringham, ESI chairman-CEO, this transaction has mutual […]

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Libin: FCC Repack Notices Don’t Address LPTV issues

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Final Latch Secured On LPTV Freezer

The FCC has announced that effective immediately, it will no longer accept applications for construction permits for new digital companion channels filed by analog low-power television stations. While this article refers to only LPTV stations, TV translators are subject to all the same rules and to the new freeze.

Court Rejects LPTV Challenge To Auction

A federal court on Tuesday ruled against a challenge to part of the FCC’s ongoing process of reassigning TV spectrum to mobile providers and the resulting repack of the TV band. The Appeals Court in Washington denied a challenge from Mako Communications, an LPTV operator, to the FCC’s decision not to extend protections to its operations following the repack. The court said that the FCC’s decision not to offer the protections did not change the rights of LPTV broadcasters, since full-power stations already have priority when it comes to using wireless spectrum.

Channel-Sharing For LPTV/Translators Takes Effect

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FCC Sets LPTV/TV Translator Deadline

The Media Bureau announces, sort of, the deadline for eligibility for the first post-Spectrum Auction displacement window.

Stay Denied; Spectrum Auction Good To Go

After business hours last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington denied the petition of LPTV operator Videohouse for a stay of the incentive auction, removing the last obstacle to the auction going forward next month. “Petitioner has not satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review,” the ruling says without elaboration.

 

Latina Reiterates Its Case Against FCC

The LPTV operator responds to the FCC’s filing to exclude it from the incentive auction, saying that the option Latina suggests, allowing it to participate in the auction on a provisional basis pending a final decision, is preferable to delaying the start of the auction, now scheduled for March 29

FCC Denies Spectrum Auction Stay Request

The commission turns down LPTV broadcaster Latina Broadcasters of Daytona Beach’s request to put its upcoming spectrum auction on hold while Latina’s request to take part in it is considered.

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HME Equity Closes On Purchase Of 3 LPTVs

The group has completed its $23.75 million buy of W33BY-D Detroit, WMJF-CD Towson, Md. (Baltimore) and WBNF-CD Buffalo, N.Y., from LocusPoint Networks.

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Maine LPTV Adds Hitachi-Comark Transmitter

Walden To Wheeler: Don’t Sacrifice LPTVs

The FCC should not sacrifice low-power TV and translators in order to provide more unlicensed spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction. That was the message delivered in a letter Tuesday to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler from House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden and House Commerce Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton.

FCC Suspends Analog-Digital LPTV Deadline

The FCC’s Media Bureau issued a Public Notice Friday announcing that it would immediately suspend the Sept. 1 digital transition date for LPTV and TV translator stations. The FCC’s decision, however, does not affect Class A TV stations, which are still required to complete the digital transition by Sept. 1.

LPTV Floats Tax-Credits-For-Spectrum Plan

A coalition of LPTV broadcasters says that buyers of LPTV stations who turn over the spectrum to the FCC for unlicensed use be granted tax credits in the same amount or twice the amount as the stations’ purchase prices. The credits could be used to reduce ordinary taxes or those of businesses that use unlicensed spectrum.

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Shock And Dismay At U.S. Spectrum Policy

There are currently close to 6,000 LPTV and TV translator stations that serve the heart of America – with more stations in the construction process – providing local programming that cannot be found elsewhere. LPTV service has also brought more diversity to the broadcast television business. Unfortunately, the FCC’s upcoming broadcast spectrum incentive auction puts at risk low-power TV stations and could force many of them to turn off their signal forever.

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Ray Of Hope For Low-Power Proponents

Advocates of low-power TV stations and translators have been worried that their interests will be ignored in the upcoming FCC incentive auction and spectrum repack. Now, however, the Government Accountability Office is being asked to study the situation and the hope is the results will help them win rights to continue operating in the auction’s wake — similar to the rights full-power broadcasters are already guaranteed.

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FCC Suspends LPTV, Translator Deadlines

Late Friday, the FCC released a Public Notice stating that “[e]ffective immediately, the expiration dates and construction deadlines for all outstanding unexpired construction permits for new digital low-power television and TV translator stations are hereby suspended.” The FCC simultaneously released a Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  seeking comment on a number of issues related to the transition of LPTV stations to digital and their fate in the post-auction spectrum repacking.

GAO Asked To Study Auction Impact On LPTV

Reps. Joe Barton and Anna Eshoo especially want to know how many LPTVs and translators — which don’t have the same protections that full-power stations have in the auctions — will be able to continue operating on replacement channels after the FCC auction’s repacking of the TV band.

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LPTV Group Objects To ‘Patronage Politics’