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ATSC 3.0 to be Deployed in 40 U.S. Markets by End of 2020

Discussion in 'Over the Air TV By RabbitEars.Info' started by osu1991, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. osu1991

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    https://www.tvtechnology.com/atsc3/atsc-3-0-to-be-deployed-in-40-u-s-markets-by-end-of-year

    A broad coalition of broadcast television station groups as well as public broadcasters announced at the NAB Show on Monday that ATSC 3.0 (aka Next Gen TV) will be rolled out in 40 U.S. markets by the end of 2020.

    Subject to final engineering and required approvals, consents and FCC license modifications, the participating broadcasters have identified the first stations that will convert to ATSC 3.0 service in this rollout. Primary broadcast programming currently broadcast on the stations planning to upgrade will be hosted by other stations in their respective markets.
     
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    My market is 15th on the list :clapping
     
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    Good luck with that. Doesn't do you any good if there's no consumer ATSC 3.0 tuners out there.
     
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    It says the tuners will be available in 2020; I'm sure I'll spring for one. I'm hoping Silicondust will product a standalone network-attached tuner.
     
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    Well, we are not on the list... :rolleyes:
     
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    Now my only question is, which frequencies will the stations use for their 3.0 stations, as the repack took most of the available UHF space we had. VHF-HI perhaps?
     
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    Well, Baltimore is listed, as is DC. I think they mean DC-Hagerstown.

    We’ll see how serious they are by the prices and capabilities of the initial STBs. Under $50? Under $100? More?

    Sounds more realistic than vague projections of rollouts beginning in 2019.

    Specifics? The devil, as always, is in the details.


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    They will use the existing frequencies, per FCC rules. See Phoenix, for example, where KFPH-CD is operating in ATSC 3.0 while its previous programming is now split among KTVW, KPNX, and KNXV.

    - Trip
     
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    The real question is where will they lighthouse their ATSC 1.0 signal for the following 5 years. In Baltimore, the Sinclair station is WBFF (45) which is currently hosting WUTB (24) as a sub-channel. So, where will they go?
     
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    My market is number 6


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    In case anyone on here forgets:

    Virtual channels: 2-36, 38-69 (numeric positions on the dial that most local TV stations identify as in their branding)

    RF channels: 2-36 are still in use, 38-69 are being sold off in the spectrum auction (RF channels represent the physical position of the channel in real time)


    My media market is #68
    (If only I could get the Milwaukee ATSC 3.0 stations...)
     
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    My favorite phrase about Next Gen TV (and many other paradigm shift topics of late) is "talk is cheap".

    It looks like someone at TVTechnology caught their misrepresentation and updated the title of the article to reflect the fact that the date is actually 20 months away rather than 8.

    It would mean more to me if the population involved in the ironed-out markets was more than 24% of the population. Saving the biggest markets for later isn't going to help adoption of the standard. I maintain that as bad as the broadcasters want it, adoption isn't guaranteed and if they run away from the viewers with their newfangled marketing technologies, the viewers may return the favor and swear off on the whole concept of OTA. That's clearly not in the public interest.

    The "proponents" are angling at getting ATSC 3.0 established as the national broadcast standard so they can't promise the moon and deliver a melting asteroid. At the same time, they can't be allowed to limp along on the way to their goal and fall back on the five-year part of their deal to force a DTV sunset.

    I surely need to re-acquaint myself with the terms of the deal that allowed the "proponents" to broadcast ATSC 3.0 but I'm not enthusiastic about what I think I remember.
     
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    Channels from 52 to 69 (700MHz band) were "repacked" as part of the DTV transition.
     
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    At least there is good news for Albuquerque's TV market in 2020!:bow Now for the time being wait for stations CP filing application to FCC.:hungry
     
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    In my area, I have two Sinclair stations: WLUK-TV "FOX 11" and WCWF "CW 14." WLUK-TV acquired WCWF through a "failing station waiver" when it was originally known by the callsign WIWB, to create Green Bay's first television network duopoly. I believe that these two channels will be the first ones in my area to join the 3.0 bandwagon when the time comes...
     
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    By the time 3.0 gets to the upper Midwest 3.0 tuners will be selling at a discount :biggrin2
     
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    its like building the car before the gas station is built.
     
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    Comfortably_numb wrote:
    Lots of people keep asking this question and it has a simple answer --- on the channel they're presently using. They have to find another station to carry their regular program for five years. If KXYZ is transmitting its 1.0 signal on channel 22, their new 3.0 station will be on channel 22, and KXYZ's regular program will be transmitted by another station on another channel.
     
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    And the follow up question to that is how can that possibly be profitable? Paying someone else to broadcast your signal while you are investing in ATSC 3.0 tech that few if any will be receiving.
     
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