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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:
http://www.rabbitears.info/tvdx/one_tuner_map/1019EECD/tuner1

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:
http://www.rabbitears.info/oddsandends.php?request=anc

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:
http://www.rabbitears.info/csq.php

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.

Monday, May 5 2014

Arizona TV Station Update - April 2014

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

New licenses

  • K39FC 10.x East Flagstaff (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) has applied for 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 10.x Flagstaff (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) has applied for 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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Friday, April 4 2014

Mohu Channels

For those who haven't seen it, Mohu (the antenna company) is working on a project to make a hardware device that integrates OTA TV with Internet content in a single interface. It's called Mohu Channels, and it's already beaten its funding goal on Kickstarter by more than three times. As someone who is always glad to help out a project to increase the use of OTA, I was an early bird backer.

I mention it because in the past week I've been contacted by Mohu, and as a result, the RabbitEars database will be used to assist with scanning in channels. There will be a "Quick Scan" mode which will use the list of channels provided by RabbitEars with a simple formula to figure out what specific channels are worth looking at and which can be skipped. So if you are in Philadelphia, for example, it will know to scan channels 2, 4, and 6, but not 3 and 5, since there are no stations nearby on 3 and 5. You can, of course, do a "Full Scan" which scans the whole band, but I suspect many people will use this device not for DXing but for viewing, so the "Quick Scan" will likely be a useful feature.

If you want to get in on it, it has 6 days left, as of this writing. The FAQ states that the $89 price for backers of the Kickstarter is lower than what the retail price will be, so you may want to get in on this if you have interest in trying it out.

Tuesday, April 1 2014

Arizona TV Station Update - March 2014

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

Programming changes

  • KFPH-CD 35.x Phoenix (Unimas Partnership of Phoenix) has added Get TV to its lineup on channel 35.3, reserving channel 35.2 for the launch of Bounce TV sometime in 2015.
  • KEJR-LD 40.x Phoenix (Hero Licenseco LLC) has replaced infomercials on channel 40.2 with Spanish-language religious programming from El Evangelio Eterno of Los Angeles, California.

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