With the upheaval in the broadcast industry - channel sharing, channel moving, and antenna rescans are becoming common occurrences for the viewing public - educating and informing viewers about these changes is essential. In addition to the direct efforts of each broadcaster, there are other initiatives underway to support broadcasters and viewers during the repack.
One of these initiatives is NAB’s www.tvanswers.org web site. This initiative has been carefully crafted by the NAB to address viewers in demographics and geographics most likely to need to rescan in order to maintain channels. Focus groups provide input, and content and videos provide instructions.
Another project is TitanTV’s www.antennaweb.org web site. This site is co-sponsored by the NAB and the CTA. It is informed by a variety of data sources, but among the most important is the Antenna TechSpecs application. This utility allows station engineers to update the signal parameters of their broadcast, which in turn directly updates the information provided on antennaweb.org as well as titantv.com. This free utility allows stations to easily see what a signal area looks like on a map to visualize where their viewership can receive a signal. Finally, TitanTV and the NAB are sharing information regarding repacks and rescans to help ensure timely information is reflected on both sites. Stations are urged to keep these organizations informed so that they can effectively support you – and your viewership – during these changes.
Contact TitanTV today via titantvinc.com to request free
access to Antenna TechSpecs and Signal Area Map for your station.
The FCC has released its status report on the post-broadcast incentive auction TV station repack, which involves most of 1,000 full powers and 2,000 low powers in a 10-phase plan, and as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai signaled last week, the commission is ahead of schedule. It is also freeing up more money for the TV station transition.
"We are pleased to report that the transition is off to a very strong start on all counts, and that the Transition Scheduling Plan and the Commission’s rules, procedures, and systems are operating as designed and anticipated," the Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau said. "[T]he transition is ahead of schedule both in terms of the number of stations that have already vacated their pre-auction channels and the amount of 600 MHz spectrum that has been cleared and therefore made available for use by wireless auction winners.
The FCC said that among the wireless carriers, T-Mobile, the auction's biggest winner, said it has already launched service using its broadcast spectrum in more than 1,500 cities in 37 states and Puerto Rico.Click here for the full post
As we wrote here, at the FCC’s December meeting, the FCC was scheduled to adopt an order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters post a physical copy of their licenses and other instruments of authorization at their control points or transmitter sites. In fact, the Commission adopted that order before the meeting, and it today published the order in the Federal Register, meaning that it is effective as of today. This order was adopted as part of the FCC’s Modernization of Media Regulation initiative. As a station’s licenses are now generally available online, the FCC stated that they saw no reason to require that they be posted at station locations not normally accessible to the public. So there is now one less regulatory requirement for broadcasters to worry about.
From Broadcasting Law BlogClick here for the full post
For many years, LPTV broadcasters have relied extensively on simple spreadsheet program like Excel to manage and plan program schedules. However, today’s specialized scheduling software programs offer tremendous benefits over those traditional, labor-intensive, and unwieldy solutions. While simple spreadsheet tools like Excel can be cost effective for some, a quality scheduling software solution can pay dividends in terms of labor saved, accuracy of schedules, and ability to schedule one/publish everywhere.
Scheduling software can interface smoothly with broadcasters’ other scheduling services, such as EPGs, PSIP data feeds, sales tools, ratings agency reporting, and so on, enabling the ability to manage, edit, update, and publish program schedules quickly and easily, from a single source. Faster and easier than spreadsheets, this approach also ensures that program schedules are accurate and up to date everywhere viewers find them.
Among other benefits, scheduling software can do the following:
- Allows LPTV broadcasters to manage and update local programming, such as the ability to provide value that isn’t currently there when it simply tells viewers that “paid programming” is on. Instead, customize titles and descriptions to provide real value to your paid programming sponsors and your viewers.
- Compare their channel(s) to any other channel in the country to see how programming matches up.
- If a broadcaster manages the same content on multiple channels, the software allows them to make scheduling changes once and quickly distribute to multiple channels.
- Create linear OTT lineups, and push them to their EPGs to drive viewership.
TitanTV offers two versions of its MediaStar program scheduling software and works with broadcasters to determine the best fit for their needs. TitanTV has been a proud supporter of the LPTV industry for many years. Please contact us to discuss the right scheduling software solution for your station.Click here for the full post
Picking the right antenna can be confusing. There are hundreds of antennas out there and picking the right one for is no easy tasks. One of the most common questions I get is what is the best antenna. That is a huge topic especially when it comes to indoor vs outdoor antennas. So we decided to break that out into indoor and outdoor antenna posts. Today we take a look at the best indoor antennas of 2019.
Before we go any farther though you really should first visit AntennaWeb.org to make sure an indoor antenna will work where you live. That will help prevent you from buying the wrong antenna.
Disclaimer: Every antenna on this list is an antenna I have personally tested and can recommend. This list is also in no particular order so don’t think the antenna listed first is any better than the last one listed.Click here for the full post