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Thursday, July 10 2014

Trip's Sudden Unexplained Absence

Just wanted to let everyone know that the sudden dearth of updates from me to the website in general is due to my purchasing of a house. It's eating every bit of time I have, and even time I don't have. Closing is tomorrow, then moving over the weekend (vacation time has been taken for it, too), then hopefully, shortly after that, a return to normal.

Wednesday, July 2 2014

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2014

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

Programming changes

  • KPHE-LD 44.x Phoenix (Lotus TV of Phoenix, LLC) has added late-night infomercial programming on 44.1 and 44.2 after source station XEWH 6 Hermosillo SON goes off the air. The station has rebranded the subchannels as SíTV.

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Friday, June 20 2014

Want Net Neutrality? Support Broadcasting.

(Disclaimer: The opinions below are strictly my own, and are not necessarily those of Trip Ericson nor those of his employer.)

I don’t know if you've heard, but net neutrality - the basic principle that the “series of tubes” that carry the Internet to your home don’t discriminate between one source of content or another - seems to be on life support. The FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules would seem to destroy the village in order to save it, allowing for “paid prioritization” that would seem to completely undermine the core principle of net neutrality. The Internet has exploded in opposition; when John Oliver gave a call to arms on his HBO show earlier this month it reportedly crashed the FCC’s commenting site, and on Tuesday several Democrats in both houses of Congress introduced legislation that would go over the FCC's head to outright ban paid prioritization.

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Monday, June 9 2014

Live Well Network Goes Away in January

I won't miss it, personally. ABC to Discontinue Live Well Network.

Arizona TV Station Update - May 2014

Questions, additions, comments and corrections are always welcome.

New licenses

  • K39FC-D 10.x East Flagstaff (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. As a KSAZ-TV translator, the station should be virtual channel 10, but it is unknown how the subchannels will show up, as K48GI Flagstaff has also flash cut to digital and is also a KSAZ-TV translator. Technical specifications: Ch 39; TL 35-14-26 N, 111-35-48 W (Mt. Eldon); ERP 0.7 kW directional; HAAT 578 m.
  • K48GI-D 10.x Flagstaff (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. As a KSAZ-TV translator, the station should be virtual channel 10, but it is unknown how the subchannels will show up, as K39FC East Flagstaff has also flash cut to digital and is also a KSAZ-TV translator. Technical specifications: Ch 48; TL 35-14-34 N, 111-36-40 W (Mt. Eldon); ERP 1.44 kW directional; HAAT 559 m.

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Tuesday, June 3 2014

Appearance on Satellite Nation Tomorrow Evening

Tomorrow evening at 8PM I will be the featured guest on Satellite Nation. Tune in, or the shows are archived for future listening.

Topics will include the Incentive Auction Report and Order (as noted in the FAQ below), recent site updates, ATSC 3.0, and the recent news about Sinclair's attempts to purchase Allbritton's TV stations.

Monday, June 2 2014

Incentive Auction FAQ

I've read a number of posts and comments on message boards and mailing lists over the past several months, and I continue to read a lot of misinformation about what the incentive auction is and how it works. In the interest of educating those who don't know the facts of how this process will work, I've written an FAQ which attempts to be as unbiased as possible, which you can read by clicking the link below.

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HDHomeRun 4 Series Devices on Woot! Today for 40% Off

The HDHomeRun 4 series devices, including the new model which transcodes to MPEG-4 and another model I was unfamiliar with that will record to a hard drive, are today's item of the day over on Woot! Check it out here.

Monday, May 26 2014

Site Maintenance Overnight

I realized when I upgraded to the new contours, I made a mistake in the database structure. As such, before I go to bed tonight, I need to update the roughly 100 million row database table which contains those contours. I tried to run it today; it ran for about an hour while dragging the site to a screeching halt before I killed it.

So don't be shocked if the site is sluggish tonight after about 10PM EDT.

Thursday, May 15 2014

Recent Changes and Updates

I know I've been rather quiet of late, but that's because there hasn't been much to say. Let me give a quick round-up of recent updates to the site.

New Appearance for Live Bandscan Tool
Russ has been doing a rewrite on the code for the Live Bandscan tool. He's implemented the first public-facing piece last month, which is a new viewer for a single receiver. You can see an example of this here:

Ancillary Services Data
TV stations in the US which provide non-audio/video data services are required to submit 5% of gross revenue from those services to the FCC each year. While the filings noting this are public, the CDBS data dump does not contain these records at this time. I recently loaded the data for 2013 into RabbitEars and have made a page for it here:

New Contours
I wrote some custom code for the TVStudy software that I work on during my day job and it can now produce the various contour lines found on coverage maps on RabbitEars in the format the site code wants, as well as produce actual accurate calculations of HAAT (height above average terrain) for any arbitrary set of coordinates and heights. All of the contour maps and calculated HAATs on RabbitEars have been updated accordingly. If you come across any errors, let me know.

Call Sign Query
Want to know about where a call sign has been over the years? It's not specific to TV; there's now a Call Sign Query tool which will show any call sign record in the FCC's call sign database, which goes back to about 1980. It's not quite finished yet, but is certainly in a usable state, so I'm making it public. You can try it out here:

Updated Repack Checker Tool
It's not yet live, but there's an updated version of the Repack Checker tool. (See this earlier post.) Today's Report and Order on the incentive auction indicates that instead of the channels 3, 10, and 20 proxy channels that were released in the public notice last July, all channels will be used for the auction. As such, a new version of the tool has been written in anticipation of new data being provided which will show the results for all channels. When such new data is made available by the FCC, it will be loaded into the new tool and made public.

I think that about covers it. Comments are welcomed and appreciated.

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