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FX creating FXX

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by RunnerFL, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    I agree it would be "out of place", and I agree that position matters, and also that it is unlikely for the station to debut or remain in the 600's.

    My position is not that position does not matter; it is that it matters much less than ever before. And I do not accept either of your arguments to the contrary. Some yahoo with too much time on their hands and nothing else to complain about deciding to spend their afternoon complaining on Twitter is not a cogent argument for how important position is, and speaking as a long-time industry insider with direct knowledge of why certain decisions are made, neither is your complete guess regarding why channels are slotted where they might be by DBS.

    That is like saying the sky is blue because it always has been and no one's complained about it.
  2. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Thank you for your opinion, but as previously illustrated both DBS providers disagree. If position didn't matter channels would not be separated into ranges. DirecTV names the ranges on their website.

    BTW: We have had channel position discussions here on this fine forum ... so apparently you are insulting the forum that allows you space to write.
  3. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    Yes, they absolutely could have if they were lower on the dial. Go back in time and ask, for example, WNBC 660, which had a huge reach.

    Exact dial position doesn't matter anywhere near as much as being allowed to operate a nondirectional 50-kilowatt signal with no one else on the frequency. (Or even 500 kilowatts, as WLW in Cincinnati was allowed for a time -- I can only imagine how well that boomed in.)

    But if transmitting power, antenna height, etc. are identical...a station broadcasting at 540kHz will have a greater reach than a station broadcasting at 1600kHz.

    You almost make it sound like armed FCC agents descended upon all the radio stations in the country with heavy equipment to pull their transmitting towers to a different location... :D

    That 1941 reallocation of frequencies was to reduce interference, which was obviously more important to the stations than any slight degradation in their signal that might have been caused by moving a few steps up the dial.

    There were no real radio "conglomerates" in the '70s -- companies weren't allowed to own hundreds (or even dozens) of stations until various FCC deregulations occurred in the mid-to-late '80s. (Obviously, the networks had hundreds of affiliates, but even they could only outright own 5 AM, 5 FM, and 5 TV stations back then.)
  4. Jeffro

    Jeffro AllStar

    Dec 23, 2006
    Satelliteracer- What channel is FXX going to be on? What packages is FXX going to be in?

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