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Wednesday, August 6 2014

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2014

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

New licenses

  • K50HU-D Flagstaff (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 50; TL 35-14-26 N, 111-35-48 W (Mt. Eldon TV Hill site); ERP 0.3 kW directional; HAAT 594 m.
  • K38IZ-D Phoenix (Spanish Independent Broadcast Network, LLC) has applied for a license to cover its maximized signal. Technical specifications: Ch 38; TL 33-20-0 N, 112-3-45 W (South Mtn.); ERP 15 kW non-directional; HAAT 468 m.

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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.

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