Research, Advocacy, and Lobbying Updates
Thursday, September 11, 2014
INCENTIVE SPECTRUM AUCTION NEWS UPDATES
T-Mobile submits research analysis to show that Incentive Spectrum Auction can be successful with or without major market stations and participation from the top networks.  But they fail to mention that the spectrum which they covet and which will make the auction work all comes from LPTV licensees! Thanks T-Mobile.  
REPORT & ORDER PETITIONS SNEAK PEEK BLOW US AWAY
We reported last week that the spectrum auction Report and Order was finally published in the Federal Register
few weeks ago, and that started the clock ticking on the filing of petitions and court cases.  We have this week seen a few of the petitions for reconsideration to be filed and all we can say is - hold on folks. The FCC timeline may need to be adjusted!  
STELA, NO STRAVA, NO WHATEVER..
As fast as Senate Commerce Committee Chair Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune introduced proposed legislation as part of the satellite reauthorization act (STELA) which would have given consumers a choice in which broadcast channels they would pay for, it was pulled from consideration. This Local Choice bill was a la carte broadcast as opposed to a la carte cable system.  Heck, LPTV could have supported it if we were included in the choices!
LUKEN UPGRADES THEIR SAT FEEDS & LAUNCHES DR. WHO!
A lot has been happen recently with major LPTV network provider Luken Communications.  They have been dealing with a major legal and restructuring issue which we will report on in a few weeks.  But the real news today is that they have made a major upgrade to their uplinks and affiliates are now reporting an excellent signal coming down for retransmission.  We heard this took the Luken technical and management folks a considerable amount of time, energy, and resources to really improve their distribution system.  And LPTV affiliates can also look forward to IP-delivery being launched in Q4-2014.  This is great news for a lot of us with limited sat-dish space at our towers.

Here are some distribution numbers for the Luken networks:

CHANNEL
# MARKETS
# STATIONS
# TV HHs
% USA TV HHs
Heartland
27
31
17,686,000
15.28%
TuffTV
39
58
38,000,000
32.80%
Family Channel
38
47
26,000,000
22.45%
PBJ2230
19,374,000
12.40%
RetroTV7691
54,500,000
47.12%

And the really big news is that vintage Dr. Who episodes are now rockin the charts on RetroTV!  What out Mystery Science Theater 3000, the Doctor is in the house!
DiyaTV Network Launches in LA DMA #2
Talk about a new market launch, DiyaTV, which is a fast growing USA-based South Asian content network, which airs in San Francisco and Chicago on LPTV stations, launched last week in LA on three, yes three stations!  KSCI-TV, a full power with 9 subchannels of ethnic programming, as well as KNLA-CD and KNET-CD.  Now that is how you cover the market!  
NONCOM CHANNEL SHARING DEALS BEGIN
We have told you a lot about potential channel sharing deals, especially with the PBS noncom stations.  Well the first of these has been inked and signed, although it is between themselves.  Still, the handwriting is on the wall, and we will start to see a lot of these deals being completed soon.  Hopefully the orphaned Class-A's and eventually LPTV will be able to taste this pie.
JOIN THE COALITION
While our numbers have grow so are still looking for LPTV licensees who want to be part of our Coalition.  Join today, we need your voice!