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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Dear Fellow LPTV Broadcaster and Industry Leaders,

The auction has ended and most of us are still here.  While it was not only our hope but the hope of many others that the auction would not take place . . . it did, but it did not have the devastating effect that it might have had. 

The world after the auction looks different and amazingly so has a very bright future!

What does that future look like?  Not only the amazing possibilities of ATSC 3.0 but the landscape of a nation of people who are increasingly cutting their cable cords and looking for free, over the air, broadcasting content.

That’s why it’s more important than ever that you join the Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance.  Our board of directors have a combined 500+ years of experience which beginning with your membership we are going to start making more available to our members on an increasing basis.

Soon as an ATBA member, you will be eligible to start tapping into not only this brain trust through unique services available only to our members but regular news updates regarding our collective broadcast future.  We are exploring new ways to tap into information from Washington as well as important updates that will benefit you right there where you live.

The need for the ATBA has increased with the new opportunities that are becoming available for those of us who still know that the future of LPTV, Class A and Translators is bright!  Are you selling your station to local sponsors?  Are you maximizing your spectrum to the advantage that you truly can?  Are you struggling with FCC rules and regulations that you either don’t understand or can’t get explained?

The ATBA is developing a database of information to help you find the answers you need! 

In addition we are still working with the true decision makers in Washington.  Your ATBA has earned the respect and the ear of the true movers and shakers that continue to shape our collective broadcasting future.

So what can you do to get involved and begin to take advantage of these, and many other, benefits?  Join the ATBA today!  Your membership benefits will include:

  1. Members only access to hundreds of years of LPTV experience through our new “Brain Trust”
  2. Early entry to our annual NAB LPTV evening event with access to our special event guest(s)
  3. Exclusive digital content regarding real world information you need to know
  4. Eligibility for recognition for your hard work through our ATBA LPTV Awards
  5. Access to equipment manufacturers with discounts available especially for ATBA members!

To be honest you can’t afford not to be a member of the ATBA! 

We’re making it affordable because it’s a win – win!  When you join, you’re going to receive more than just the benefits listed above but also you’ll be aligning with hundreds of others who, like yourself, have a vested interest in the continued forward movement of free, over-the-air broadcasting.  It’s a win for your ATBA because we will increase our strength through numbers as we grow together.

So what’s the next step?  If you’re ready follow this link to sign up.  If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to call a member of the ATBA board of directors by calling this number (877) 214-4277.   You’ll get a rapid response!

Thanks for taking the time to read this note and for your ongoing passion for the future of communication in this great country.


The Board of Directors – The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance