The new form will be filed by stations seeking to convert to ATSC 3.0. It will require that the full power or Class A TV station identify a host for its ATSC 1.0 “lighthouse” signal. Eventually, once a station has converted to ATSC 3.0, the form will also be used to seek approval for changes in the ATSC 1.0 host station, or changes in the ATSC 3.0 channel on which the station’s programming is transmitted. If, for any reason, the station wants to convert back to ATSC 1.0, the form is also required for that purpose. Other than to permanently discontinue the ATSC 1.0 transmissions at some point in the future, the ATSC 1.0 host station will not need to file anything with the FCC as long as its technical facilities do not need to change as a result of hosting the programming of a station that has converted to the NexGen TV standard.
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