NTA Convention a Huge Success

NTA President John Terrell begins a session on the future with Panelists Robert Weller with NAB, Vern Fotheringham from Edge Spectrum, Louis Libin of HC2 and Lee Miller., ATBA Executive Director.

The NTA was a huge success in both attendees and vendors.   Discussions included the 150 million dollars for the LPTV repack.  The rules are being worked on but will take nearly all the 12 months allowed.  No indication yet on how much each station will get.  We were also told the applications for channel change are going well but the FCC is still about 700 applications short.  If you haven’t started your application note you have only until June 1 at midnight to get it in.

There were also several presentations on ATSC 3.0.  The upshot is this vast new format will open doors that have not even been considered yet but there are no receivers and the equipment cost is a little high. ATSC 3.0 looks like it will be more real in 2019 or even 2020.
Utah is ripe for transmitter vendors as most translators will have to be replaced and there was no shortage of transmitter manufacturers showing off their latest.
It has been nearly 6 years since the FCC announced the repack which put everything on hold in the equipment manufacturing industry. This year shows like the NTA have picked up steam and the people attending are in a buying mood once again.   This mood should hit full force early next year when the money for repack is released.  Story by Doug Thompson, Hitachi Comark & ATBA Board Member.

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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.

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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