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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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Friday, October 16 2015

Comet TV Launch Markets

Last night, the Comet TV website was updated with affiliate information for launch. Unfortunately, there were a number of issues with the dataset, not least of which is that the zip codes do not line up with the affiliates in question. I spent a long time last night picking through it, and have come up with a table that seems to make sense of it, but there are still some lingering questions. Particularly, is Tribune also launching Comet TV, and in places where the new affiliate seems to be replacing Retro, This, Grit, or Get, is that actually happening, and if so, when?

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Thursday, October 1 2015

Arizona TV Station Update - August/September 2015

Due to several unforeseen events, the August update could not be published. This update covers news from both August and September.

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

New licenses

  • KYUM-LP 2 Yuma (Centro Cristiana Vida Abundante, Inc.) requested and was granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. The license application originally specified channel 2, its analog channel, but was corrected to specify channel 15. Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 32° 40' 21" N, 114° 20' 10" W (Telegraph Pass); ERP 1.8 kW directional; HAAT 383 m.

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Thursday, August 13 2015

Absence from RabbitEars

On June 26, 2015, I got married to my wonderful Elizabeth. Starting on August 15, we will be headed to Vermont on our honeymoon. I will likely be completely unavailable from August 14 until August 25, and may have sporadic availability until August 28.

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Tuesday, August 4 2015

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2015

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

Programming changes

  • KTVK 3.x (24) Phoenix (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) has lost its weather feed. Channel 3.3 is a graphic advertising Weather Now.
  • KPPX 51.x Tolleson (America 51, L.P.) has expanded its Airbox H.264 programming to include several movie channels by Starz, Showtime and ePIX. The audio feed is sometimes available in the clear using VLC Media Player. Too bad they don't offer it to the public.

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Saturday, July 11 2015

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2015

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

New licenses

  • K39KW-D Yuma (Good News Broadcasting Network, Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its original construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 39; TL 32-38-31 N, 114-33-37 W (E Co. Hwy. 13-1/4 & S. Ave. 4-1/4); ERP 15 kW directional; HAAT 82 m.

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