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CHAIRMAN WALDEN HAS NO PLANS FOR PALLONE BROADCASTER BILL


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The House Energy and Commerce communications subcommittee may be making a push on telecom issues, but don't expect to see Rep. Frank Pallone's new telecom bill on the agenda anytime soon. Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden told MT after a hearing Tuesday that he's not on board with Pallone's new bill that would give the FCC a $1 billion emergency fund to help broadcasters stay on the air after this year's incentive auction. He cited timing concerns.

Walden - who's generally sympathetic to the broadcasters - said Republicans have pushed for more funding to relocate stations after the auction. "We've always felt that there may need to be more revenue there," he said, but "there will be a time to deal with that after we see how the auction moves forward." Four Republican bills - including two net neutrality-related bills - that were discussed during Tuesday's hearing will be marked up as soon as the schedule allows, he added.

It looks like Walden can expect some pressure from broadcasters to support the bill. "NAB absolutely wants to work in bipartisan fashion on this issue, and intends to work closely with Chairman Walden," NAB's Dennis Wharton said in a statement to MT."


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It's reality time for Congress related to how they are going to diminish the impacts on LPTV and TV translators resulting from the incentive auction.  But we agree with Chairman Walden that until we know the real damages, it is hard to come up with adequate solutions.  Don't forget, the only reason there is a draft bill from Congressman Pallone is that NAB struck a deal for more money, if they would agree to a regional repacking to speed up the time which the wireless bidders could get access to their spectrum.  Which of course throws LPTV and translators under the bus if we are not included in the process, and could have to wait years to build out new construction permits due to no available tower crews.

We stand ready to work with the Chairman Walden for what needs to be done for LPTV and TV translators, and have already submitted a lot of research and analysis for potential solutions.  

CES 2016: ATSC 3.0 DEMO'S



Long-time LPTV industry leaders Greg Herman, and Amy Brown, of Spectrum Evolution, and WatchTV, went to the CES 2016 floor and demo rooms, to see if they could track done the latest on ATSC 3.0. What they find out is both great to see, and very disappointing. Check out this report to see what the future does, and does not have in store for LPTV and translators.

Last week we reported on LPTV being first to broadcast 4K (CES 2015), and now ATSC 3.0 (2016).  The two major 3.0 groups, LG Electronics, which leased new LPTV station in Las Vegas, KHMP-LD; and, the second test, on a full power owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, and with equipment from Samsung, and the Pearl TV consortium.  Below is a pix from the Sinclair demo room.


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Why is this important for LPTV and translators?  Because it shows how one the top users of duopolies and diginets for primaries is going to be running out of OTA carriage, and they want to get themselves ready for making money via OTT. This is a bellwether for other networks doing the same. We can expect to see a lot more possible OTA channel leases for diginets this year.   





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