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Really, an EBS test at 12:30 CDT?


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#26 OFFLINE   JoeTheDragon

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:04 PM

I did not realize you were talking about a DirecTV generated test ... the rule for DBS providers is as follows:

"Monthly tests must be conducted on 10 percent of all DBS channels, with channels tested varying from month to month, so that over the course of a given year, 100 per cent of all channels are tested."


Do they do that on PPV channels as well?

Part time channels that are not even 24/7?
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#27 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:14 PM

That is the rule ... how the rule is followed I do not know.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:11 PM

What is being missed here is the fact that even though only 10% of the channels need to be tested monthly, they DO NOT have to be tested at the same time.

 

There are local inserts hourly on every channel (except the OTA stations) for DirecTV to insert commercials they sell.

 

With very little problem, the EAS test could be scheduled on the 10% of the channels monthly to run in the place of a :30 second spot - just as it is done on the OTA channels. Outside of that, running the test at :59:30 would most likely not interupt a key part of a program.

 

This could also be done in between movie showings on PPV.


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:11 PM

There is a saying in the military: Train like you intend to fight. 

 

If there was a national emergency requiring an EAS, DirecTV is not going to broadcast it on 10% of their channels until they get 100%. 



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:33 PM

There is a saying in the military: Train like you intend to fight. 

 

If there was a national emergency requiring an EAS, DirecTV is not going to broadcast it on 10% of their channels until they get 100%. 

 

EAS would have more meaning if it were used ... Fortunately most uses have been mistakes (oops, wrong code) or non-national emergencies. What it does get used for is weather ... the voluntary optional part of EAS where local stations relay potentially life saving information.

 

That is where cable and satellite EBS could fill the gap. While for most events I know that the weather is pretty bad before the severe thunderstorm or tornado approaches (or floods, the most recent events) the thought of people blissfully watching some satellite channel on TV unaware of impending doom is not pleasant. Some alert system is warranted.

 

We just need to see it used for more than tests. - And no, I'm not hoping for a national emergency big enough to trigger an EAN - I'm hoping that satellite companies join local broadcasters in serving their various communities and passing on potentially life saving information.


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:17 PM

Older announcements included instructions to tune to a specific station indicated in the real emergency announcement and ignore the Civil Defense logos which were pretty much on all radios through the 1960s. What was then called WNHC TV (New Haven, CT) did this, while the New York City did not add this extra instruction.

 

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CONELRAD, radios manufactured between 1953 and 1963 had symbols at the 640 and 1240 khz locations on the AM dial. Should an attack occur, stations would then retune to 640 and 1240 or go off-air. The purpose was to provide confusion to enemy aircraft. 


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