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Tag Archives: digital transition

Could Calls on the FCC for More Spectrum Lead to the End of Over The Air TV?

Posted in Cable Carriage, Digital Television, Television
An article from TV NewsCheck last week reported on an approach by an FCC representative to television operators, floating an idea that the FCC would "buy" TV spectrum from existing television station operators, and repurpose that spectrum for wireless users - presumably some sort of wireless broadband.  The funds to buy the spectrum would come from … Continue Reading

FCC Issues Instructions for Stations to Deal With the Extension of the DTV Conversion Deadline

Posted in Digital Television, Television
With the extension of the DTV transition deadline now passed by Congress, it’s the FCC’s turn to implement the extension and set the way in which television stations will deal with the new June 12 date for the termination of analog television.  To start to implement that extension, the FCC today issued a public notice setting out the … Continue Reading

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball – The Outlook for Broadcast Regulation in 2009

Posted in Advertising Issues, AM Radio, Broadcast Performance Royalty, Cable Carriage, Digital Radio, Digital Television, EEO Compliance/Diversity, Fairness Doctrine, General FCC, Indecency, Internet Radio, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Multiple Ownership Rules, Payola and Sponsorship Identification, Political Broadcasting, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
Come the New Year, we all engage in speculation about what’s ahead in our chosen fields, so it’s time for us to look into our crystal ball to try to discern what Washington may have in store for broadcasters in 2009. With each new year, a new set of regulatory issues face the broadcaster from the … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes New Digital Low Power Fill-In Translators, and Starts Accepting Applications Immediately

Posted in Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Television
Last week, the FCC introduced a new service to fill in gaps in the service of a digital television station – permitting television stations to immediately apply for Special Temporary Authority to construct digital translators.  Translators rebroadcast the signal of a full-power station, but operate on a channel different than the main station they retransmit.  … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Rules for Analog Nightlight – For Those Left Behind After the Digital Television Transition

Posted in Digital Television, Television
Congress recently passed legislation authorizing an analog "nightlight" or lifeline for those left behind after the digital transition.  This law was designed to allow certain full-power stations to remain operating in analog on February 18, with information about the digital transition for those people who otherwise managed to miss the information about that deadline.  This past week, while Santa … Continue Reading

What to Do With TV Channels 5 and 6 – Proposals to Turn Them Over to Radio Services

Posted in Digital Radio, Digital Television, FM Radio, FM Translators and LPFM
The Digital Television conversion has allowed the FCC to reclaim significant portions of the TV spectrum for wireless and public safety uses - television channels above 51 will no longer be used for broadcast TV at the end of the analog to digital transition.  But, as part of the FCC’s Diversity proceeding (see our post here), … Continue Reading

NCE Applications Must Protect Channel 6 TV Stations Until the End of the Digital Television Transition

Posted in Noncommercial Broadcasting, Television
Channel 6 of the television band is immediately adjacent to the lower end of the FM band.  Noncommercial FM radio stations, located at the lower end of the FM band (88.1 FM to 91.9), have the potential to interfere with television stations on that channel.  Thus, FCC rules require that noncommercial FM stations protect Channel 6 … Continue Reading

FCC Announces DTV Consumer Education Requirements – Very Specific PSA Obligations Placed on Broadcasters

Posted in Digital Television, Television
Although many TV stations are already airing PSAs and other programming designed to educate the public about the upcoming digital television transition, the FCC released an Order containing very specific requirements  for these educational initiatives.  These rules mandate public education efforts about the DTV transition by television broadcasters, multichannel video providers, and electronics manufacturers.  In addition, … Continue Reading

The Trouble With LPTV – No Plan for DTV Transition

Posted in Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV
In recent weeks, Low Power Television stations have been the center of attention in Washington in connection with the Digital television transition.  While all full-power television stations are set to convert to digital operations less than a year from now, ceasing analog operations at the end of the day on February 17, 2009, there is … Continue Reading

Who Needs LPFM? – Why Not Just Expand the FM Dial?

Posted in Digital Television, FM Radio, FM Translators and LPFM, Low Power Television/Class A TV
At last Tuesday’s FCC meeting, the Commission adopted a controversial order, over the objection of two Commissioners, that could limit the processing of some applications for improvements by some full power FM stations, and would restrict translator applications, all in the name of encouraging Low Power FM (LPFM) stations to provide outlets for expression by … Continue Reading

It’s What Happens to TV Channels That are Returned – 700 MHz Auction Details Set

Posted in Digital Television, General FCC, Internet Video, On Line Media, Television
As the nation’s television stations move closer and closer to the February 17, 2009 termination of analog broadcasting, plans are well underway to re-use the channel that these stations must surrender after that date.  Currently, most television stations operate on two channels, their traditional analog channel, and a transition channel on which they have been allowed to … Continue Reading