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NAB: Spectrum Request by Tech Companies Doesn’t Add Up

Courtesy of TV Technology.

In the ongoing battle for spectrum, NAB’s Associate General Counsel Patrick McFadden recently wrote in a blog post that a group of tech companies’ argument for why they need additional spectrum, specifically in the 6 GHz band, doesn’t add up.

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ATBA to Host First Wednesday Webinar

Wednesday at 3pm CT, the ATBA will host the first weekly webinar to discuss the issues related to LPTV and Translator stations. The first webinar for Wednesday April, 1, 2020 is titled “LPTV in a Pandemic World.”

“We're looking forward to hearing from three panelists that will give us some insight to their world in a pandemic,” says Lee Miller, ATBA Executive Director. “Rather than a full day of webinars, a weekly 30-60 minute webinar is much easier for people to schedule and digest.”

Wednesday's panelist include ATBA Board members Mark Aitken with Sinclair Broadcasting Group and Eric Wotila with NewsNet. Joining them will be Chris White of KKDJ Fresno.

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The FCC is Seeking Comment on the Use of SFNs for ATSC 3.0 Coverage

The FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) today with intentions of modernizing its Distributed Transmission System (DTS) rules that will enable TV broadcasters to increase coverage from NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) single frequency networks that are on, or near, the border of coverage areas.

“These small changes will improve coverage throughout local public television stations’ service areas and improve their ability to offer robust mobile service. It will also enhance spectrum efficiency by reducing the need for television translators operating on redundant channels,” said Patrick Butler, president and CEO of APTS.

The NPRM seeks comment on technical changes proposed by APTS and NAB to the agency’s rules to allow—with certain limits—signals from SFN sites to “spill over” beyond the authorized service area of a station “by more than the ‘minimal amount’ currently allowed” by the rules, the FCC said.

“America’s Public Television Stations applaud the action taken today by the FCC, a welcome endorsement of changes in the current rules that will allow broadcast television stations to unlock the benefits of NextGen TV through DTS operations that better serve their viewers while preserving their commitment to localism and avoiding interference issues,” said Butler.

The NPRM seeks comment on whether it should change its spillover limits. “In particular, we seek comment on Petitioners’ claim that such a rule change is needed now as the industry embarks on ATSC 3.0 deployment,” the NPRM said. The commission is also seeking comment on whether to adopt the 36 dBu F(50, 10) interference contour as the limiting contour for spillover.

“NAB applauds the Commission for proposing deployment of single frequency networks allowing broadcasters to better serve viewers while preserving our commitment to localism,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “These SFNs could improve service throughout a station’s coverage area and, in particular, near the edge of the coverage area. SFNs could also improve mobile reception and allow more efficient use of broadcast spectrum. FCC staff is to be commended for moving this item quickly, and we look forward to establishment of final rules.”

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Pandemic Brings TV to the Forefront

Courtesy of TV Technology.

As the coronavirus has literally brought daily life to a halt worldwide, forcing people indoors, viewers are turning to television, with viewership rates skyrocketing. Like 9/11, this crisis has brought television to the forefront as people use the medium to stay up to date on the latest developments and entertain themselves to relieve the boredom and uncertainty.

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FreeCast Hires DTV America & Frontier Executives as IPO Moves Forward

Irwin Podhajser, former DTV America VP of Business Development and Roy Labrador, Frontier's National VP of Channel Programs are the latest high-profile additions to FreeCast's leadership

 Irwin Podhajser has joined FreeCast's executive team where he will become the EVP of Media and Network Partnerships. He will supervise media buying and major network partnerships for the company which is a unique entry into the "cable alternative" arena.

Mr. Podhajser was previously the VP of Business Development for DTV America which held 450 television licenses throughout 118 top markets in the United States, and distribution of media brands such as: Laff, Bounce, Movies!, Comet, GetTV, Escape, COZI, BUZZR, MyTV, QVC, Telemundo, Azteca, Estrella, Antenna TV, Decades, GRIT and many others.

Under Mr. Podhajser's leadership, DTV America garnered distribution agreements with some of the nation's largest content providers including, Comcast/NBC/Universal, FOX Television, Sony Television, Katz Broadcasting, Tribune Media, Weigel Broadcasting Co, MGM, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Freemantle Media. DTV America was acquired in June 2017 and majority owned by telecommunications conglomerate HC2 Holdings.

FreeCast is also exited to add new enterprise revenue opportunities with the addition of Roy Labrador to the company's leadership team. Mr. Labrador is FreeCast's new EVP of IOT and Partnership Sales and was the former National Vice President of Channel Programs for Frontier Communications, the nation's 8th largest provider of broadband internet in the United States with 3,735,000 subscribers. Frontier is also the 11th largest pay television provider in the United States with 838,000 subscribers.

Prior to his work with Frontier Communications, Mr. Labrador was an Executive with IBM-ZeroChaos, and held VP of Sales roles with EarthLink and Windstream Communications. Mr. Labrador will lead FreeCast's commercial licensing sales to broadband providers, wireless carriers, and hospitality/multi-dwelling operators nationwide.

FreeCast has long touted a complete end-to-end OTT ecosystem mimicking and ultimately replacing cable TV's hard-wired infrastructure across multiple platforms through its SelectTV and SmartGuide services. The company's motto "We do for streaming, what cable did for TV" is a base description of this targeted initiative.

Bill Mobley, CEO of FreeCast stated, "we are super excited to continue top executive hires for our team which have the institutional knowledge to understand what it takes to move forward in this new cable alternative landscape. Additionally, with our intention to continue IPO efforts we are establishing our leadership moving forward."

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