theDoveTV KDOV Wins LPTV Station of the year

Medford Oregon's KDOV theDoveTV walked away with the Low Power Television Station of the Year Award at the second annual LPTV Awards given out at the NAB ATBA LPTV Day Mixer. Perry Atkinson, General Manager, accepted the award along with the award for Best Talk Show. 

Other award winners include:

ATBA Chairman Gary Cocola presents Best Television Public Service Announcement Award to Eric Wotila, General Manager and Morris Langworthy, Station Manager for WMNN - MI News 26.

Best Television Public Service Announcement
NMCAA Early Childhood PSA
WMNN - MI News 26


ATBA Chairman Gary Cocola presents Best Local Television Commercial and Best Television Mixed Media Campaign to Ronda Van Winkle of KPVM, Pahrump, Nevada.







Best Local Television Commercial
AC Parts Connection

Best Television Mixed Media Campaign
Sugar Shack







Ron Bruno accepts the award for Best Promotional Television Campaign for WYBN from ATBA Chairman Gary Cocola.

Best Promotional Television Campaign

WYBN General Imaging & Branding Print/TV/ Radio
WYBN 14 Albany / Cobleskill NY







Best Television Special Program
Sacred Steps: Remembering Sand Creek
K47MU Cheyenne & Arapaho Television (-not pictured.)

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Letter to FCC in Support of ATCS 3.0 petition


FCC's William Lake addresses questions at the ATBA LPTV Day event at NAB.

Federal Communications Commission
William Lake
Media Bureau Chief

We are writing this letter in response to the filing by NAB, CTA, APTS and the AWARN Alliance of a petition to the FCC to approve a new, optional ATSC 3.0-enabled broadcast transmission technology. The ATBA is an organization comprised of Thousands of low-power television (“LPTV”) broadcasters, owners and operators of broadcast translator and booster stations and services and allied industry organizations and companies.  For efficiency, unless otherwise stated or implied by the context, references to “LPTV” in this note include low power television broadcast translator and booster stations and services.

The effects of the Incentive Auction and subsequent repacking on low power and translator facilities will be widespread and negative. How widespread is anyone’s guess right now; in any event, the upcoming auction and impacts will only reduce the number of channels available for LPTV and translator displacement, broadcast modifications, and new broadcast facilities.
The ATBA is always looking for mitigating events or technologies and we believe that, ATSC 3.0 will be a help to LPTV stations to remain a viable part of the American broadcasting landscape.

We therefore support the petition and are very encouraged to see the public safety industries and the consumer electronics industries join broadcasters in taking all of our joint industries into the 21st century and helping LPTV survive the auction, along with a dramatic improvement in our distribution capabilities. We believe that this petition is an important first step in finally helping LPTV, as well as all of broadcasting, full power as well, which need each other to survive. We believe this will bring better coverage and services to LPTV, and our hope is that the FCC will move with great speed to unleash that innovation.

This is a very positive direction for the industry. We have been inside the process since the beginning and we support any new action, which may provide a positive impact for LPTV.
To date, the FCC has refused to take any credible steps to quantify (and is grossly underestimating) the destruction of the LPTV broadcast service, to achieve a wholly unrelated policy goal.

In addition to LPTV, most translator networks are “daisy-chained”.  Like Christmas tree lights, if one goes out, so do the ones further down the chain.  The translators closest to the source broadcast signal are often the most important. Since many small cable operators serving small communities rely on translators to receive the signals of major networks and public broadcasting, loss of one translator could result in a near total loss of broadcast service in a large area.

ATBA has always supported the fact that all broadcasters need flexibility to adjust service areas over time to implement new technology.

Respectfully submitted,
Louis Libin, Executive Director

Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance

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Photos from NAB ATBA LPTV Day 2016


Click the photo above to see more pictures from NAB ATBA LPTV Day! Be sure you tag yourself and friends!

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Visit the ATBA Hospitality Suite

The ATBA LPTV Hospitality Suite will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19-20, 2016 from 10am to 6pm each day at the Westgate (LVH) Suite 2812. Take the Central elevators up to the 28th floor, turn right. Enjoy a cold beverage, coffee and snacks and let us write your station story. Need more info? Call (877) 832-3739

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ATBA NAB LPTV Day 2016 Schedule

Here is the schedule for Monday, April 18, 2016. (Schedule is subject to change)

ATBA LPTV Day at NAB: Can LPTV Survive the FCC?

8:30 am

Westgate Ballroom D-E opens for the day. Visit with our major sponsors that will have displays setup for the day. Admittance for the day is by business card and your NAB Badge of any level (including the free expo pass.)

9:00 am

Next Gen: Benefits of Single Frequency Network to LPTV

ATSC 3.0 is part of the Next Generation Broadcast Platform (NGBP) - an IP focused, software definable platform that will bring TV content and much more - seamlessly and transparently to the viewer. For the future of Broadcasters this can mean "Welcome to the Software Defined Network (SDN)". New opportunities arise when local TV stations can be coupled with a virtualized broadcast network. The new business opportunities become targeted and nearly unlimited, divided into four categories including "Core Business Enhancement".

Presenter: Louis Libin, Executive Director, ATBA

9:45 am Coffee Break sponsored by ONE MEDIA

10:15 am

PSIP 101

Get a PSIP review and history, and then explore current file formats and how the FCC's changes to the PSIP standards will potentially affect Low Power Television stations.

Presenter: Marge Johnson, Technical Support Analyst at TitanTV, Inc

11:15 am

Repack considerations for those changing to VHF

Space on the tower and in the transmitter room are important considerations, particularly for broadcasters changing from UHF to VHF channels, which may be very common in the Repack.  In contrast, VHF systems have a larger footprint than UHF systems, thus taking up more space in the transmitter building and resulting in high wind loading on the tower.  This presentation will take and in depth look at the effects of changing from UHF to VHF, and outline considerations both from space, structural, and economic perspectives.

Presenter: Dan Fallon, Dielectric


1:30 pm

IP Transport: Standards and Applications

Description:  IP transport is transforming how digital video is distributed both in the studio and to the viewer.  In this presentation you will learn about the standards developed for transporting digital video over IP networks and how they can be used create an all IP infrastructure.

Presenter: Steve Doll, President and Co-founder of D2D Technologies


2:30 pm

A new way of EAS switching

Allowing a simple way for translators and LPTV stations to switch remotely the EAS signal on to multiple streams with a simple IP feed. The new system allows up to 5 different programs to have the PSIP automatically ingested, all the PIDS remapped and the TSID correct.

Presenter: Ted Karam, VP Engineering at Anywave Communication Technologies


3:15 pm Coffee Break sponsored by Sinclair Broadcasting Group


3:45 pm

FCC: Will LPTV and Translators Survive? A discussion with the FCC.

ATBA Board Members and Bill Lake, head of FCC Media Bureau


6:00 pm

ATBA LPTV Mixer and Awards

9:30 pm

Cigar Party

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