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Thursday, February 9 2017

What We Know - Incentive Auction Results

With the quiet period for broadcasters lifted, we now know more about what some stations did in the auction. Below, I will attempt to track their public statements. I intend to update this post on a rolling basis with newest information at the top.

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Thursday, February 2 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - January 2017

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • K20FO Sierra Vista (KVOA Communications LLC) has requested a license to cover its correction of transmitter location and power. Technical specifications: Ch 20; TL 31° 28' 54" N, 109° 57' 33" W; ERP 42 kW directional; HAAT 641 m.
  • KMCC 34.x (32) Lauglin NV (Cranston Acquisition LLC) has amended its application to cover its Distributed Transmission System (DTS) license to delete the antenna structure registration and correct technical specifications of its Henderson site. Technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 56' 46" N, 115° 2' 35" W; ERP 5 kW directional; HAAT 538 m.

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Wednesday, January 25 2017

Site-Wide Encryption!

After finding the nifty automated tool by "Let's Encrypt" and trying it out, I've now enabled HTTPS site-wide. Your bookmarks and other links should now take you automatically to the secure site.

The process did initially break all the maps on the site, but I think I have them all fixed now. If you trip over one I missed, or anything else that's broken, post a comment or send me an e-mail.

EDIT (1/25/17 9:38PM): Yes, I'm aware the Live Bandscan page is now broken. But I did get it to log data again, which was broken for an hour. I accomplished this by turning off the automatic redirect until I figure out how to work around that problem.

Thursday, January 5 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - December 2016

Wishing all a blessed and prosperous 2017!

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) is set to add PBS Kids programming on channel 8.4 on January 16, 2017. The following translators will also reflect the programming change:
    • K03IL-D Bullhead City
    • K42AC-D Cottonwood
    • K14KK-D Flagstaff
    • K43IB-D Globe-Miami
    • K49GE-D Kingman
    • K31GZ-D Lake Havasu City
    • K36FZ-D Meadview
    • K47GQ-D Parks
    • K43LW-D Prescott
    • K03FB Snowflake
    • K42EU-D Topock

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Monday, January 2 2017

And We're Back

All,

The server move is now largely complete; if you're seeing this post and not a 404 error, you're set. If you find something that is not working, please send me an e-mail or put it in the comments. For the moment, the Live Bandscan is still on the alternate server it was on before the move and, as such, still has all the oddball quirks that go with it. My hope is that we will move that over to this server in the coming days or weeks.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29 2016

Server Move Coming

Just a quick note to let everyone know that some amount of down time is anticipated in the coming days as RabbitEars is moved to a new server. SatelliteGuys will continue to be the host, but replacement hardware will be put in to run RabbitEars. This is due to the problems that I'm sure everyone who uses RabbitEars extensively has seen (short periods of down time, random 403 errors, etc.).

In the next day or two, updates on this server will cease since the database will migrate to the new server. I am off from work until Tuesday and have little planned between now and then, so I am hopeful that any issues resulting from the move can be quickly resolved.

Thank you for your patience.

Sunday, December 4 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - November 2016

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has once again added channel 8.5, this time duplicating the KBAQ-FM radio programming on channel 8.4. Channel 8.4 is due to become PBS Kids on January 17, 2017. The changes extend to all of KAET's digital translators as well.
  • KSAZ 10.x Phoenix (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) is set to launch Light TV, a family-oriented diginet, sometime in December. Press releases say that it will be on KSAZ-TV, but Fox could put it on KUTP. A request for information from KSAZ-TV has gone unanswered. This change will extend to all of KSAZ-TV's digital translators as well.

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Monday, October 31 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - October 2016

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (America 51, LP) applied for and was granted a license to cover its change from RF channel 51 to RF channel 31. Technical specifications: Ch 31; TL 33° 20' 3" N, 112° 3' 41" W (South Mtn.); ERP 645 kW horiz/161.25 kW vert non-directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 548 m.
  • KNXV-TV 15.x Phoenix (Scripps Media, Inc.) applied for and was granted a license to cover a construction permit for auxiliary facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mtn.); ERP 530 kW non-directional (0.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 491 m.

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Friday, September 30 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - August/September 2016

Another busy month finds August combined with September.

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KTVK 3.x (24) Phoenix (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) is reported on the Comet TV website to be picking up Comet TV on channel 3.2, which would replace the current 24/7 newscast loop. No date has been given, and there has been no confirmation from KTVK.
  • KASW 61.x (49) Phoenix (Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.), following its newly-inked deal with Katz Broadcasting, as added Grit on channel 61.3 and Escape on channel 61.4, duplicating programming already seen on Univision's KTVW-DT 33.3 and KFPH-CD 35.4, respectively.

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Wednesday, August 24 2016

About the Live Bandscan

I just wanted to provide an update on efforts to restore RabbitEars to full operation. We're back on our regular server, but the Live Bandscan remains non-functional. It ran for the past two or three days, and for that time, the site crawled horribly. There's something wrong with the configuration that we can't track down, and it will probably be up and down as testing goes on over the coming days. Right now, it's down so that the rest of the site is functional.

Tuesday, August 9 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2016

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has dropped channel 8.5. No programming had ever appeared on the subchannel.
  • KVOA 4.x (23) Tucson and translator K04QP-D 4.x Casas Adobes (KVOA Communications LLC) have launched Escape on channel 4.3, giving the diginet two outlets in the Old Pueblo, airing on four stations.

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Thursday, July 7 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2016

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has added channel 8.5 to its PSIP. Labeled KBAQ2, it is presumed that it will be a secondary stream of audio from KBAQ-FM 89.5 Phoenix.
  • KPAZ-TV 21.x (20) Phoenix (Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona) has replaced programming from The Church Channel with the Hillsong Channel, a new joint venture of TBN and Hillsong Church of Sydney, Australia. The same programming change has occurred in all other TBN-owned stations that carry the standard programming streams.

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Wednesday, June 15 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - April/May 2016

It's finally here!! As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • KHMP-LD 18.x Las Vegas NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings, LLC) has applied for and been granted a license to cover its transmitter location change to Black Mountain. Technical specifications: Ch 18; TL 36° 0' 34" N, 115° 0' 22" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 15 kW directional; HAAT 310 m.
  • KPVT-LD 2.x (27) Pahrump NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings, LLC) has applied for and been granted a license to cover construction of a digital companion channel to KPVT-LP 30 Pahrump NV. Technical specifications: Ch 27; TL 36° 0' 34" N, 115° 0' 22" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 15 kW directional; HAAT 310 m.

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Sunday, April 3 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - March 2016

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • Almavision has fixed its transmission problems, and its programming is once again airing on Mako Communications LLC stations KTVP-LD 22.5 Phoenix and KEGS-LD 30.2 Las Vegas NV.
  • K18JL-D 25.x Phoenix (Mako Communications LLC) is silent, possibly for good? The AZ Conference of 7th Day Adventists have moved Amazing Facts TV from its own spot on GNTV2 channel 25.1 to sharing time with 3ABN, Hope Channel and LLBN on GNTV channel 22.1.

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Thursday, March 10 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - February 2016

Better late than never...

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KTVP-LD 22.x Phoenix (Mako Communications, LLC) has dropped JTV programming from channel 22.6. No programming has replaced JTV; the subchannel is a blank screen, but where the channel description used to show just "22.6", it now shows "KTVP-LP|TBA". Could something be showing up soon? Almavision on channel 22.5 is missing, replaced by a Spanish-language slide from Dish Network informing viewers that due to technical difficulties from Almavision, the channel is not available at the moment, and encouraging viewers to visit the Almavision website to watch their programming.
  • K38IZ-D 38.x Phoenix (Spanish Independent Broadcast Network, Inc.) has added a new subchannel, 38.7, which is the new home of Rev'n, formerly on KPHE-LD 44.3.

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Saturday, February 6 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - January 2016

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KPNX 12.x Mesa (Multimedia Holdings Corporation) will retain its NBC affiliation, following a long-term affiliation agreement between NBC and Tegna Media. The affiliation was renewed for all 17 of Tegna's NBC stations.
  • K38IZ-D 38.x Phoenix (Spanish Independent Broadcast Network, Inc.) has added a new subchannel, 38.6, which is the new home of Retro TV. On channel 38.4, it looks like Zuus Country has rebranded, going back to The Country Network, including use of the old TCN logo.

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Thursday, January 28 2016

What We Know About the Incentive Auction

(Updated 2/8/16 with an article about Chattanooga.)
(Updated 2/24/16 with more on Puerto Rico.)
(Updated 3/25/16 with WNYE.)

As many of you know, the FCC's Incentive Auction application window closed on Tuesday, January 12. This means that stations are now under a "quiet period" during which they cannot discuss bids or bidding strategy. This also means that almost any information that is going to be made public before the process is complete is probably already public now. As a service to those who are interested, I've attempted to compile as much information as I can find about who is in and who is out.

Please note that while I am officially an FCC employee, I have no access to any inside information on this subject, and even if I did, I could not share it. All data below was compiled entirely in my personal time and capacity, is in no way intended to reflect the views of the FCC or any of its Commissioners. It is either based on public information which is linked, or is strictly my own speculation based on years of industry-watching.

Now, to the educational part.

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Friday, January 8 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - December 2015

Wishing everyone a happy 2016!

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KPHE-LD 44.x (16) Phoenix (Lotus TV of Phoenix LLC) has added LATV programming on channel 44.1, along with local programming, and has moved Telemax programming to channel 44.2. Rev'n programming on channel 44.3 has been replaced with infomercials from OnTV 4U under the label Direct Response TV. Luken has now lost all three affiliations with KPHE.
  • KPDF-CA 41.x Phoenix (Northstar Phoenix License LLC) dropped LATV from channel 41.3 a week into the new year in favor of an Azteca America simulcast, then replaced that with a "For Lease" slide.

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Thursday, December 3 2015

Arizona TV Station Update - November 2015

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • K16EO-D 9.x Oro Valley/Tucson (Journal Broadcast Corporation) requested and was granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 16; TL 32° 12' 51" N, 111° 0' 19" W (Tumamoc Hill); ERP 9 kW directional (1.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 182 m.

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Thursday, November 5 2015

Arizona TV Station Update - October 2015

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KUTP 45.x (26) Phoenix (Fox Television Stations, Inc.) was scheduled to replace the SD Fox 10 simulcast on channel 10.2 with the Heroes & Icons diginet, also on channel 10.2, effective November 1. The new programming is now expected to begin on November 9.
  • KASW 61.x (49) Phoenix (Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.) was scheduled to add Decades TV on channel 61.2 on October 28. The new subchannel is now slated to debut on November 9.

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