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FCC Public Notice regarding DTV Delay

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by Tom Robertson, Feb 4, 2009.

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  1. Feb 4, 2009 #1 of 243
    Tom Robertson

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    Edit: This was a standard, scheduled open meeting regarding the DTV transition. The DTV Delay Act was not part of the agenda, though the opening statements did discuss the Public Notice regarding the Delay Act's effects upon the Report and Order. The Public Notice highlights start in post 3 below.

    The FCC has announced it will have an Open House regarding the DTV [strike]Delay Act[/strike], Thursday, February 5, 2009.
    Full announcement

    This thread will remain closed and serve as an announcement until that meeting starts. Please continue discussing the DTV transition in the other two threads in this forum.

    Thanks to Engadgethd.com for catching this.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  2. Feb 4, 2009 #2 of 243
    Tom Robertson

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    A call to CSPAN indicates this is tentatively scheduled to be covered on CSPAN3 tomorrow with online coverage as well.

    Everything is depending upon logistics, I was warned.
     
  3. Feb 5, 2009 #3 of 243
    Tom Robertson

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    The FCC has published a Public Notice regarding the DTV Delay. Some highlights from a quick reading:
    • Stations must file by February 9 if they plan on keeping their February 17 transition date.
    • Stations might be required to defend their plan if all stations in a market are transitioning and that market has a large group of unprepared households.
    • Stations may not transition between February 18 and March 13.
    • The new date for 30 advance filing is March 14.
    • Stations that have an interim digital channel assignment must stay on that assignment until June 12 (tho there might be a process, didn't read that closely.)

    The whole notice is at: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-6A1.pdf

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  4. Feb 5, 2009 #4 of 243
    ziggy29

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    Another item of note is that even if stations shut off analog before 6/12, these stations can't operate their post-transition facilities until 6/12 unless they have an approved STA authorizing use of their post-transition configuration at an earlier time. So if some stations want to crank up their digital power post-transition, even if they transition on 2/17 they wouldn't be able to crank up their digital signal until 6/12 unless an approved STA allowed it sooner.
     
  5. Feb 5, 2009 #5 of 243
    Tom Robertson

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    Stations that have not transitioned yet but were scheduled transition before February 17, must also file before end of day February 9.

    Stations are again encouraged to have some form of nightlight slate or emergency ability continuing.

    And there are more requirements for crawls and PSAs to clarify a stations exact plans relating to February 17 or June 12.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  6. Feb 5, 2009 #6 of 243
    robmadden1

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    This will get annoying for viewers of the analog signals for the stations that are trasitioning on the 17th.
     
  7. Feb 5, 2009 #7 of 243
    Tom Robertson

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    If they are lucky, they will only see it on the analog feed and not the digital.
     
  8. Feb 5, 2009 #8 of 243
    robmadden1

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    What happens to the stations that are leasing thier pre tration digital equipment and they have other post digital equipment to be used on thier old analog channel? How are they going to do with the leases if they are up on the 18th?
     
  9. Feb 5, 2009 #9 of 243
    Tom Robertson

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    I presume extend the lease.
     
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    robmadden1

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    So if thier analog equipment dies they have to fix it?
     
  11. Feb 5, 2009 #11 of 243
    Tom Robertson

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    Equipment failure was the exception, which "should" allow them to transition earlier with less warning.
     
  12. Feb 5, 2009 #12 of 243
    robmadden1

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    Why in the hell would a station want to turn thier analog signal back on if its already off?
     
  13. Feb 5, 2009 #13 of 243
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    So basically my CBS got a crappy interim VHF 2 assignment and is supposed to get my NBC's old analog VHF 8 assignment. So even if my NBC dumps analog early my CBS will be barred from using Digital 8 until June 12th? Well that sucks! :nono2:
     
  14. Feb 5, 2009 #14 of 243
    James Long

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    Or file a STA, as many have already done, explaining the problem. The wheels are in motion. "We are financially unable to continue analog beyond February 17th" is a common theme in the ad hoc STAs filed so far. Expect to see that alot.

    It looks like the FCC will investigate markets that will be going all digital to make sure public interest needs are met. Expect to see "xx% of the population of our coverage area are covered by LP stations that can provide emergency information" explainations. Expect to see "xx% of our market is ready" for those markets closer to 99% than 85% (the statistics varied in the Nielson report per market). Expect to see station lawyers in DC earning their fees. :D
     
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    Hopefully in that case, your CBS could get an approved STA to move to digital 8 once NBC's analog 8 is off-the-air. But absent that, yeah, it sounds like they'd be stuck on 2 until 6/12.
     
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    I wonder if that also applies to stations that are on an interim digitial channel and would be moving back to their analog channel? If yes that could mess up a lot of scheduling if hardware needs to be replaced. I know our local FOX station needed to do antenna work when they moved back, I wonder if their contracts with those firms have penalty clauses in them if the work gets deferred. I can see this costing stations a ton of money.
     
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    Tom Robertson

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    Good question. I didn't read that closely into the legalese.
     
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    ziggy29

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    I could be wrong, but in the case of KTBC, I *suspect* it means they could file to shut off analog channel 7 on 2/17, but they'd still have to remain on digital 56 until 6/12 unless they filed an STA which allowed them to move back to digital 7 sooner.

    As it would be a LOT cheaper in terms of electricity to broadcast from 7 instead of 56, you'd think this is something they'd want to get done sooner rather than later.
     
  19. Feb 5, 2009 #19 of 243
    robmadden1

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    The frustrating part of this whole fiasco is no one has mentioned what happens with stations who are currently receiving interference on their temporary digital channel. They make all the mentions about stations not being able to switch if they'll cause interference, but what about stations that were counting on getting their previous coverage area back that they are missing part of on their temporary digital channel and who because of technical reasons can't turn analog back on? Do they just continue for another 4 months missing part of their viewership and any financial loss that happens because of that?
     
  20. Feb 5, 2009 #20 of 243
    Herdfan

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    Interesting as ours has already moved from their temp to their permanent. DISH lost HD locals in the move, but everything else was smooth.
     
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