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2015 U.S. TV REVERSE & FORWARD AUCTION
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OP | Post 16 made on Thursday December 18, 2014 at 19:17
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*FCC RELEASES DEATILS ON REVERSE AUCTION PROPOSALS*

 
[Link: fcc.gov]


      Stations Under Channel 37 May Not Need to Move  Unless They Need to Move.   In markets that will have 126 MHz confiscated for wireless, the UHF band will end at channel 29, but at 84 MHz, it will end at channel 36.  "If your station currently operates in the new UHF band, the Commission will try not to repack you.  However, if a station currently outside the new band cannot be repacked with the existing stations, then the FCC will need to repack even some channels already operating in the new band.  So just because your station is on channel 29 or below does not mean it will not be repacked."
OP | Post 17 made on Friday January 2, 2015 at 18:09
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CANADA Likely To Follow U.S. In Repurposing Spectrum; High UHF Stations On The Move
 
[Link: ic.gc.ca]

GTA stations affected:  Global-CIII RF41, CHCJ RF35, CKVP RF42, CJMT RF40, CFMT RF47, CITY RF 44, CITS RF36

  I.C. would prefer to make the move simultaneously with the U.S. so that Canadian stations will have some guarantees in the VHF and lower UHF bands after the U.S. incentive auction now schedule for 2016.  If CBC and CTV are permitted to vacate their transmitting obligations, it would provide more spectrum allotments available for the remaining stations that wish to continue broadcasting.

A decision on whether to repack with the United States will be released prior to the start of the U.S. auction.

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to the following email address: [email protected].






 

 
OP | Post 18 made on Saturday January 3, 2015 at 16:49
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 Industry Canada has issued the following decisions regarding spectrum repurposing

     (1)  Effective immediately, the Department will no longer accept the following types of applications:
• new applications for TV broadcasting certificates for all classes of TV stations;
•applications for modification of an existing TV broadcasting certificate resulting in increasing the coverage in any direction or changing the operating channel;
•new applications for licensing of RRBS stations;
•applications for modification of an existing RRBS station which would increase the coverage in any direction or change operating frequencies; and
     (2)   Stations broadcasting in analogue (i.e. CHEX-2 channel 22)  will be forced to convert to digital.

 
OP | Post 19 made on Sunday January 4, 2015 at 14:28
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Future of WBXZ-LP RF 17?

   "As a result, if the FCC needs a translator or LPTV channel for the auction, it can take the channel without compensating the translator’s owner, even if the broadcaster has no spectrum to move to. A July CPB report said that 62 of the 170 CPB-supported TV stations operate about 565 translators in 35 states.  “[U]p to 200 of the translators may disappear because there will not be channels available for them once the television stations have been repacked,” the report said."

[Link: current.org]


 
OP | Post 20 made on Monday January 5, 2015 at 18:32
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In another interesting situation regarding a station's virtual channel, what happens if a new tv station is permitted to broadcast on an abandoned frequency in the same market where the former station using its virtual channel in broadcasting on a new (UHF) frequency?  Can they both use the same virtual channel number?  WJLP New Jersey physical channel 3 and  WFSB Connecticut physical channel 33 both use virtual channel 3 for broadcasting.  Converter boxes and tuners would tune to the RF channel 3 first, followed by the physical channel 33.
If you were in Bridgeport, Connecticut your O-T-A channels would appear as follows:

3.10  (RF3)  WJLP-DT
3.1   (RF33) WFSB-DT
3.3   (RF33) WFSB-DT
3.4   (RF33) WFSB-DT

The court case in the U.S. Court of Appeals, ongoing ~~[Link: apps.fcc.gov]

I could see this happening more with the upcoming changes in allotments.
 
OP | Post 21 made on Monday January 5, 2015 at 18:35
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"It is expected that the transition plan would require some Canadian TV stations to start operating on new channels as early as 2017; some stations in the United States and Canada may need to operate in the interim at reduced power levels and/or accept additional interference...The Department proposes that all regular power TV undertakings which need to relocate to a new channel assignment in the new DTV allotment plan be provided a minimum notification period of 18 months after the implementation plan is finalized."

I can't see CHCH spending money on a new transmitter if forced to move to another frequency considering it was for financial reasons that took them so long to move to RF15.




 
OP | Post 22 made on Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 17:39
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     "Will we switch to DTV down the road if this comes into affect(?), I am unsure of that answer. Corus Entertainment will make that decision when and if necessary."

     This is an answer I received from an unnamed source at Corus regarding CHEX-2 Oshawa as to whether they would either upgrade to digital or sign off terrestrial completely.

      The only Buffalo station I could see willing to sell back their license to the FCC in the incentive auction is Media General's WNLO-DT 32.  WBNF-CD 15 would probably like to now that it's owned by a hedge fund.

      Canada is looking for a minimum clearance of 42 MHz - 7 UHF channels (45-51)  to a maximum of 144 MHz or 24 UHF channels (27-51).  A spectrum of 2 -26 isn't enough for the numerous transmitters and various location in Southern Ontario.  I.C. says it wants to negotiate a new treaty with the U.S. so it can protect enough spectrum for Canadian stations.

     The NAB says that Canada has an unfair portion of protected allotments.  Table A of the existing U.S. and Canadian Post-Transition Allotment Plan – Canada has 1,552 channel allotments designated for its TV operations. Of those 1,552 protected allotments, only about 550 represented operating TV stations; approximately 1,140 of the 1,552 entries (about 75%) are for channels in the UHF portion of the TV spectrum, and only 285 of these entries were assigned to operating stations. "The post-transition allotment plans and the vacant allotments contained therein provide a useful starting point for the Commission to begin negotiations."

     Keep in mind that U.S. stations can't be forced to VHF, leaving that band for Canadian stations.
 
Reminder: January 26, 2015 is the deadline to submit comments.
 
Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to the following email address: [email protected].
Written submissions should be addressed to the Senior Director, Spectrum Licensing and Auction Operations, Industry Canada, 235 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0H5.
All submissions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part 1, the publication date, the title and the notice reference number (SLPB-005-14). Parties should submit their comments no later than January 26, 2015 to ensure consideration. Soon after the close of the comment period, all comments received will be posted on Industry Canada's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at [Link: ic.gc.ca].
 

 

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OP | Post 23 made on Monday January 12, 2015 at 18:22
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LPTV Stations Threaten Legal Hurdles To Upcoming Auction.

[Link: broadcastingcable.com]


 
OP | Post 24 made on Thursday January 22, 2015 at 17:32
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One step closer: FCC Sets First Dates For Incentive Auction Sessions.

[Link: tvnewscheck.com]

     Reminder:  Monday January 26 is the last day comments will be accepted by Industry Canada regarding the 'Repurposing the 600 MHz Spectrum' plan.

[Link: ic.gc.ca]; (see section 13)
 

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OP | Post 25 made on Friday January 30, 2015 at 18:02
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NAB says it’s looking out for the interests of broadcasters who now are interested in selling some of their spectrum back to the government, as well as those who don’t.

CBS and Fox may sell some of their O&O duopolies.

[Link: tvnewscheck.com]

The only Buffalo station that I can see selling back spectrum is MediaGeneral's WNLO 23 (RF 32) and maybe WNED 17 (RF 43).
OP | Post 26 made on Friday February 6, 2015 at 17:54
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Opening Bids for the 2016 Reverse Auction have been announced by the FCC today.

"Broadcasters who opt to switch from UHF to a low VHF channel would receive between 20% and 33% less than a broadcaster that relinquishes its spectrum altogether, and broadcasters who switch from a U to a high V would receive 50%-67% less, an FCC official said."

article [Link: tvnewscheck.com]

FCC PDF [Link: wireless.fcc.gov]

Buffalo stations (ranked 52 DMA) can receive a maximum amount of $210 million for their channel frequency (median $170 million).

I can see PBS stations sharing channels across the U.S., and WNLO sharing with WIVB.  Which transmitter tower would they use:  Grand Island or Colden?



 

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OP | Post 27 made on Monday February 9, 2015 at 18:50
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News Alert:   

Fox, Ion, Univision and Tribune said that they are willing (meaning almost certain) going to sell (at least some of) their O&O spectrum back to the FCC in next year's incentive auction.  What this means locally is WPXJ-DT 51 [RF 23] Pavilion will cease O-T-A broadcasting within 39 months of the bid's acceptance.
OP | Post 28 made on Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 18:28
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NAB RELEASES NUMBER OF UHF STATIONS NEEDED TO BE RECOVERED, BY MARKET

[Link: tvnewscheck.com]

     Scenarios for an 84 MHz and a 120 MHz spectrum auction are provided in the linked state by state table.

[Link: nab.org]

       Buffalo will have to give up a minimum of 5 stations in a 120 MHz spectrum recovery, or 3 stations in an 84 MHz recovery.  Erie, PA only has to relinquish 1 station in either scenario; Detroit 1 - 3; Cleveland 1 - 3; compared to '0' for the whole state of Minnesota.
OP | Post 29 made on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 17:47
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The NAB is comfortable with the FCC’s current formula for calculating the opening bids it will use to entice broadcasters to sell spectrum in the upcoming 2016 reverse auction.

[Link: tvnewscheck.com]
OP | Post 30 made on Friday April 17, 2015 at 18:03
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Repacking could take as long as 60 months rather than the FCC's estimated and regulatory 39 months.

[Link: tvnewscheck.com]
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