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LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition Mike Gravino Passes

LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition Director Mike Gravino, has passed away.

“Mike was passionate about the LPTV Industry and would not think twice about catching FCC staff in the hallways and at lunch to promote the betterment of LPTV,” says Lee Miller, Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance Executive Director. “He challenged us all to work harder to overcome the regulatory and financial tests of our industry.”

For six years Gravino led the spectrum rights battle during the incentive auction process and repack by forming The LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition to help educate and inform LPTV station owners and managers on the changes and legislation affecting them. The Coalition also lobbied on behalf of its members to Congress and the FCC on how those changes would affect the LPTV industry and those who depend on its services.

The name was changed last year to Next Gen TV and a new mission adopted to better serve station owners and licensees navigate the process under new FCC guidelines and the new television standard.

Gravino announced retirement and entered hospice with complications from pancreatic cancer on May 28, 2020.

 “We were saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He has been an exceptional ally in the fight to protect the LPTV spectrum and to help inform those who govern it,” says Miller. “We offer our condolences to his family and know that he will be greatly missed.”

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ATSC 3.0: Small Cities, Big Opportunities

Courtesy of TV Technology.

As the new era of NextGen TV beckons, there’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to utilize this expansive new technology to really help millions of Americans—and it’s not the millions who live in urban areas. While it’s the big cities of our country that get most of the attention, there are hundreds of smaller cities whose citizens live in a “television desert.”  

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Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark Announces the EC702MP-BB3 and EC704MP-BB3 Air-Cooled Transmitters

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark LLC (hereinafter “COMARK”), a manufacturer and supplier of DTV transmitters, encoding systems, and associated field services for over 45 years, has announced the introduction of the E-Compact EC702MP-BB3 (250W) and EC704MP-BB3 (500W) series high-efficiency air-cooled solid-state UHF DTV transmitters. These transmitters are being released specifically for requirements of the LPTV repack market.

These two new models, EC702MP-BB3 and EC704MP-BB3, now feature the latest asymmetric broadband Doherty LDMOS amplifiers (the same device as the award-winning PARALLAX® series liquid-cooled UHF transmitters). The amplifier technology allows power efficiency of up to 44%. In addition, these “BB3” models both utilize dual, commercial off-the-shelf AC to DC rectifiers for their power supply system, which utilize a front panel plug-in connection for quick service. Customers can either mount the transmitter in their existing equipment rack cabinet or an optional 10RU rack supplied by COMARK.

The air-cooled PA design includes automatic cooling fan speed control that provides lower acoustic noise levels during operation. The transmitters include a built-in web-GUI and SNMP for remote control and monitoring. The E-Compact also features EXACT-V2 IP Optimized DTV exciters with DualCast technology and is easily upgraded from ATSC 1.0 to 3.0, protecting your investment today for use tomorrow.

The E-Compact family is compact and rugged, perfectly suited for broadcasters looking to replace their current older and less efficient equipment or for future ATSC 3.0 SFN systems.

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ATBA Webinar to Discuss Regulatory Issues

We have rescheduled Robert Folliard III for next Wednesday, June 3rd.  Due to a circumstance beyond our control, we were unable to bring you the webinar this past Wednesday. 


Robert J. Folliard, III Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Distribution for GRAY TELEVISION INC will join the ATBA’s next webinar in the series on May 27, 2020 at 3pm CT.

Folliard will discuss regulatory issues the LPTV Industry should be aware of and how to make a filing.

Free registration REQUIRED-

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5 Things You Should Know About ATSC 3.0

Courtesy of CordCuttersNews.

We’re gradually transitioning into the next generation of over-the-air broadcasting, known as ATSC 3.0 or “Next Gen TV,” but there’s still a lot of mystery about what that truly means. And while we continue to monitor how, exactly, the new standard will develop over 2020 and beyond, we’ve put together a few key takeways for anyone aiming to learn more about this next wave in broadcast TV.

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