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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Due to several unforeseen events, the August update could not be published.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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Friday, June 19 2015

First Wave of Site Changes

As discussed in my post a few weeks ago, I've made the first of the site changes.

Tracking of Mobile DTV other than whether it is on or off: Gone, except I am also still tracking how much bandwidth Mobile DTV uses in total.

Indicator of whether a station is a member of MCV or Mobile 500: Gone.

SyncBak: Gone.

UpdateTV: Still present for now, as I have been unable to confirm it is 100% gone. That said, the UpdateLogic website is no longer active.

AFD and the broadcast flag: Gone.

PIDs, Source ID, and bitrates: Still present for now, but slated for removal. When it happens, the entire section below the "TSReader Data" and "Bitrate Allocation" rows will be removed, as all remaining data that I would track will still be at the top of the listing. I'm also considering moving the Translator Data into that space since it seems more related to technical data than historical data. I'm still pondering how best to make the TSReader data more prominent before doing any of this. I would probably need to include a guide for how to read it for those people who can read my bandwidth usage and other numbers but would be lost in the raw data. (If anyone who falls into that category is reading this, please write and let me know--that will confirm that I need to do it!)

I'm also thinking forward to the future. The FCC is planning to retire its CDBS database at some point in the next few years, and its replacement, LMS, is ramping up. The RabbitEars source code is based entirely on CDBS, and thus if CDBS updates were to become unavailable, updates to FCC data would cease unless I wrote a conversion tool to convert the data into CDBS format as I've done for the Canadian database. I'm considering how to transition the site over to LMS, whether I should write that conversion tool or make more fundamental changes to the code underlying the site. I'm leaning toward the latter, actually, if only because there are some design choices that I made in bolting things onto Bruce's original site code that I now wish I had done differently, and I would hope that the site code can be sped up by removing pieces that are no longer in use. The problem with that, of course, is that it would require more time coding and testing than I may have available to me. Just something to think about.

Opinions and suggestions appreciated. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 13 2015

Arizona TV Station Update - May 2015

Questions, additions, comments and corrections are always welcome.

New licenses

  • KGUN-TV 9.x Tucson (Journal Broadcast Corporation) applied for and has been granted a license to cover its increase in power from 10.3 kW to 36.5 kW. Technical specifications: Ch 9; TL 32-24-56 N, 110-42-53 W (Mt. Bigelow); ERP 36.5 kW directional (1.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 1140 m.
  • KPDF-CA 41.x Phoenix (Northstar Phoenix License LLC) has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital facilities. Technical specifications: Technical specifications: Ch 41, TL 33-20-0 N, 112-3-45 W (South Mtn.); ERP 5 kW directional; HAAT 460 m.

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Saturday, May 2 2015

Arizona TV Station Update - April 2015

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

New licenses

  • KLHU-CD 45.x Lake Havasu City (Jensen Investments, FLP) applied for and has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 45; TL 34-36-9 N, 114-22-16 W (Goat Hill); ERP 0.42 kW directional; HAAT 45 m.
  • KPDF-CA 41 Phoenix (Northstar Phoenix License LLC) has applied for a license to cover its construction permit to flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 41, TL 33-20-0 N, 112-3-45 W (South Mtn.); ERP 5 kW directional; HAAT 460 m.
  • K39KW-D Yuma (Good News Broadcasting Network, Inc.) has applied for a license to cover its original construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 39; TL 32-38-31 N, 114-33-37 W (E. County 13th St. & S. Avenue 4 E); ERP 15 kW directional; HAAT 82 m.

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Tuesday, April 7 2015

Arizona TV Station Update - March 2015

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

New licenses

  • KLHU-CA 45 Lake Havasu City (Jensen Investments FLP) has applied for a license to cover construction of its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 45; TL 34-36-9 N, 114-22-16 W (Goat Hill); ERP 0.42 kW directional; HAAT 45 m.

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