FCC Television Broadcast Consolidation

Discussion in 'Legislative and Regulatory Issues' started by nmetro, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    Chances are that number was just something thrown around by someone who didn't take the time to analyze how many channels would be needed.

    When you also add in how NYC is right next to Philly, who's right next to Baltimore, who's right next to DC, that adds in more channels that would be needed. (and then in the opposite direction you got the Hartford-Providence-Boston cluster of channels) And with the land mobile use for first responders, you can't use channels 14-16 in NYC, 19-20 in Philly, 17-18 in DC and 14 and 16 in Boston. Sure you can share channels, but the thing is most of those independents in major cities are already leasing out their subchannels for infomercials and ethnic programming and they wouldn't want to give up that revenue.

    As for VHF that wouldn't really be viable for mobile broadband, considering the larger antenna requirements for VHF are opposite of the current trend when it comes to the size of mobile devices, especially if you want to overcome the RF noise that affects VHF-lo.
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    Here's a link: http://www.dailywireless.org/2012/09/07/fcc-moves-on-tv-frequency-auction/

    VHF is destin for TV, while channels 31 and up are planned for wireless.
  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    "Where to go" indeed.

    The auction has not yet been held. The FCC is considering giving broadcasters 39 months to vacate their frequencies.
  4. nmetro

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    Thank you James for digging this out.

    39 months, nice. And the broadcaster will have to pay; yet again, for new equipment to move, yet again. Especially if they are forced to go to VHF from UHF. This will be hit with a huge pushback. Viewers accepted the digital conversion, because of technology improvments. What the FCC is planning to do is no gain, but pain. Pain for the broadcaster to again test in parallel, educate viewers about the change, switch over and station shutdown. And the reason? The FCC is selling frequencies to cell phone companies. That is going to be a hard sell to taxpayers. For an agency that already is not viewed as knowing what they are doing.

    An example of the FCC not know what they are doing: This just happened in Denver of the past few months. A low power station, which was on UHF 26 was forced to move to UHF 31, so a full powered UHF 51 could moev to UHF 26. The low poer station just got final approval to boost back to 15 kw, as it did not interfere with UHF 32 (FOX 31). Yes, UHF 31, which is going to go away. Digital conversion two Denver VHF chanels were forced to move off 2 and 4 and ended up on 33 and 35; now they may have to move back to 2 and 4.

    Whatever the case, the Denver Market, or most markets in the wide open west, except California, could handle this change. But, crowded markets along teh east coast,and LA, San Francisco, no way. LA, with Sub channles, has almost, if not more than 100 channels, New York just as much. And closer market spacing, east of the Mississippi would force braodcasters of the air.

    Menawhile, newer wireless technologies, in the not too distant future, may make using UHF 31 and above obsolete. Making this FCC plan shortsighted, and possibly inept.


    Oct 13, 2009
    Here where I live in the Springfield Missouri market there is 2 channel 49s and they broadcast on their own 49.1 49.2 and 49. 3 stations
  6. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Kansas City KS
    That channel crunch would not be pretty in NC either. We have 4-5 DMAs -
    Raleigh Durham Fayetteville
    And you have Norfolk VA serving the Northeast Outerbanks

    Most of them have ABC, CBS, NBC FOX PBS and CW, and some others.

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