CBA: “FCC auction could take 13 years”

The C-Band Alliance (CBA) used a letter to Senator John Kennedy, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and to Christopher Coons, a ranking member of the same committee. The letter was ostensibly to correct some misstatements made by two influential organisations.

One “misrepresentation” came from David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance who in his written submission to the Senate committee said that the CBA had no plan or guarantee that US taxpayers would benefit from a private (CBA-organised) auction of spectrum.

Not so, insisted the CBA. “The CBA has repeatedly and consistently committed to return a share of any transaction to the public as part of the implementation of its proposal. The CBA has been clear about this point, and we do not waiver from it.”

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Emilio Nicolas, Sr., Founder of Univision, Dies at Age 88

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Emilio Nicolas Sr., one of the founding pioneers of Spanish-language television in the United States, died on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at his home in San Antonio, Texas. News of his passing was announced Saturday by the family's publicist, Leslie Komet Ausburn with Komet Communications.

Nicolas was born on October 27, 1930, to Mr. and Mrs. Constantino Nicolas in Frontera, Coahuila, Mexico. He is one of five children. He was, until the past few years, still working with his son Guillermo and enjoying life in San Antonio, Texas, and on his ranch with his wife of 66 years, Irma Alicia Cortez Nicolas. A trailblazer in the community and the media industry, Nicolas leaves behind a legacy of countless civic contributions and several Spanish-language broadcast television networks, including Univision, America's first.

After finishing high school in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 1948, Nicolas came to San Antonio, Texas, to learn English and seek an undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology with a minor in math from St. Mary's University in 1951 and in 1952 a master's degree from Trinity University in 1952. Upon graduation, Nicolas went to work for Southwest Foundation, doing research on arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. He also worked in the development of the polio vaccine.

In 1955, Nicolas was hired to work at KCOR-TV, a Spanish television station in San Antonio founded by his legendary father-in-law Raoul Cortez. It is there that Nicolas began his storied career in television and media. Nicolas, or "Nicky", as he was known to close associates, produced the live shows at night and directed the news departments of the radio and television stations during the day. In the mid-sixties, he also handled the Spanish advertising and production for all clients of Pitluk Advertising, San Antonio's largest Agency at that time. During his six years at KCOR, Nicolas was regularly and swiftly promoted, eventually becoming the station's president and general manager.

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NPG Abandons A Missouri Monopoly Move

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On April 4, one of the biggest transactions to result from the FCC’s November 2017 party-line vote to eliminate its cross-ownership rules for newspaper and broadcast media and for radio and TV, respectively, was struck.

It raised eyebrows, as it would have given one company control of the ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates serving one mid-America municipality and its surrounding towns.

It now seems that the Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals’ Sept. 23 decision to vacate and remand the rule write has played a part in the abandonment of what would have been a controversial multi-million dollar transaction.

On October 15, Wiley Rein communications law attorney John Burgett had a letter hand-delivered to the office of FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch requesting the dismissal of a Form 314 filing made some five months before by St. Joseph TV License Company.

That’s the official licensee of Heartland Media, which in April announced that it was selling its KQTV-2 in St. Joseph, Mo., to News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG) for $13,650,000.

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Contact: Dan Viles 845-876-1212

For Release: Immediate

Red Hook, NY, October XX……WYBN TV-14, the Capital Region’s family-owned and operated television station, will celebrate its 8th birthday Oct. 18, capping off a period of tremendous growth and recognition.

Since August of 2018, WYBN--owned by Cable Ad Net New York Inc. of Red Hook--relocated its tower and increased its reach; added NewsNet and Intelliweather programming; won its third broadcasting award and gained ground with the region’s top advertisers.

“This has been an incredible 14 months for WYBN, and an exciting eight years,” said Dan Viles, President and General Manager of WYBN. “We are thrilled that viewers and advertisers are increasingly making us part of their television plans. We have gone from a very local station eight years ago to a regional powerhouse today.”

WYBN signed on in 2011 as the first multi-format digital facility in New York’s Capital Region, with subchannels 14.1 through 14.8 available over the air to viewers who have “cut the cord” from cable. It broadcast from Windam Mountain until August 2018, when it moved its tower to the Helderberg Escarpment—the highest point in Albany County. This, along with a 100 percent new solid-state transmission plant, made WYBN’s eight channels of news, movies, game shows, classic television and more available to 1.1 million people in the greater Capital Region, an area stretching from Dutchess County north to Glens Falls and from Schoharie County into western New England.

“The new signal really got the attention of viewers,” Viles said. “We have been gratified to receive hundreds of calls, e-mails and Facebook messages from people from Lake George to Poughkeepsie, from Sharon Springs to Sharon, Conn. and points in between.”

Demographic information shows that WYBN viewers are 25 percent more likely to be small business owners or white-collar workers with large families who frequently dine out.

Advertisers have taken notice. In the past year, WYBN began booking orders from businesses in the Metropolitan Albany area for the first time. New insertion equipment enables the station to take every advertisement offered, and it now runs between 70,000 and 80,000 spots each month.

The campaign WYBN used to announce its move earned WYBN a prestigious Low Power Television and Translator Industry Award from the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ABTA). The award for Best Station Promotion Multi-Media Campaign recognized an effort that included on-air promotional spots, one sheets, newspaper advertising, trade advertising, electronic billboards and more.

Another big change came in January, when WYBN became an affiliate of NewsNet, the only 24/7 news channel focused on headlines. It follows a traditional wheel format, delivering national and international news, weather and sports headlines every half hour with breaks for local stories. The emphasis is on the facts rather than opinion and discussion.

“NewsNet offers an alternative to people who want to ‘cut the cord’ from cable but still have access to breaking news 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Viles said.

Later that same month, the station began running high-quality local weather reports from Intelliweather between commercials across all eight of its channels.

In addition to NewsNet, on Channel 14.8, the current WYBN line-up includes Buzzr TV (14.1), Cozi TV (14.2), ThisTV (14.3); France24 (14.4); Rev’n (14.5), RetroTV (14.6), LATV and Action TV, (share 14.7).

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ATSC 3.0: Amplifying the Potential of Broadcast TV

The launch of the new ATSC 3.0 standard in the U.S. represents a landmark development in the transition towards a new digital standard, carrying with it an array of opportunities for broadcasters and consumers alike. Today, there are over 118.4 million TV owners in the U.S.[1], 86% of which subscribe to a traditional pay TV service or use digital broadcast antennas, compared with only 11% of OTT-only-households[2] - confirming the ongoing demand for traditional TV regardless of competition from other digital channels. Nonetheless, with OTT providers having significantly shifted market dynamics over the last few years, the latest version of the Advanced Television Systems Committee standards will provide broadcasters with a new set of tools to compete in an increasingly busy arena. Combining antenna-based TV, also known as over the air (OTA), and in-home broadband, ATSC 3.0 delivers an experience closer to cable or satellite, with greater choice and control for viewers – hence bringing broadcast TV up to speed with the modern OTT era. By linking their linear offerings to the personalization and flexibility that comes with ATSC 3.0, cable providers who are ready to fully embrace OTT can also derive significant advantages from the shift and be a part of the living room revolution that viewers want.

As the ATSC 3.0 standard marks a turning point in the television experience, we examine the main trends and developments that will shape the future of U.S. TV, as enabled by hybrid TVs. More than offering better picture quality, including 4K and UltraHD HDR,[3] ATSC 3.0 introduces innovative advantages to broadcasters while radically improving TV content delivery, interactivity and usability for consumers. Developed by industry leaders to effectively manage the sheer amount of available content, the ATSC 3.0 specification will integrate improved user interfaces. This includes program guides that facilitate channel navigation by allowing users to scroll through available programs without having to change the channel. Other options for interaction include multi-user quizzes, for example, where users can play against other ATSC 3.0 viewers.

Globally, the advent of ATSC 3.0 will also see greater attention attributed to viewer preferences, as a means to deliver targeted content, reduce channel switching and improve channel stickiness. This can take the form of lower-screen snipes, for example, which provide additional information to TV spectators. More concretely, it can display extra details on a program, sports statistics or the release date for an upcoming series. Viewers may also be prompted to watch a second episode of their binge-worthy show only seconds after last episode’s final cliff-hanger. This technique for audience captivation is famously utilized by many OTT providers, but has been technologically out of reach to broadcast providers until now. With ATSC 3.0, next gen TV broadcasters will now also be able to take full advantage of targeted content based on viewer’s tastes in order to suggest other relevant programs and keep audiences engaged.

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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