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Thursday, December 29 2016

Server Move Coming

Just a quick note to let everyone know that some amount of down time is anticipated in the coming days as RabbitEars is moved to a new server. SatelliteGuys will continue to be the host, but replacement hardware will be put in to run RabbitEars. This is due to the problems that I'm sure everyone who uses RabbitEars extensively has seen (short periods of down time, random 403 errors, etc.).

In the next day or two, updates on this server will cease since the database will migrate to the new server. I am off from work until Tuesday and have little planned between now and then, so I am hopeful that any issues resulting from the move can be quickly resolved.

Thank you for your patience.

Sunday, December 4 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - November 2016

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

Programming changes

  • KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has once again added channel 8.5, this time duplicating the KBAQ-FM radio programming on channel 8.4. Channel 8.4 is due to become PBS Kids on January 17, 2017. The changes extend to all of KAET's digital translators as well.
  • KSAZ 10.x Phoenix (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) is set to launch Light TV, a family-oriented diginet, sometime in December. Press releases say that it will be on KSAZ-TV, but Fox could put it on KUTP. A request for information from KSAZ-TV has gone unanswered. This change will extend to all of KSAZ-TV's digital translators as well.

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Monday, October 31 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - October 2016

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

New licenses

  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (America 51, LP) applied for and was granted a license to cover its change from RF channel 51 to RF channel 31. Technical specifications: Ch 31; TL 33° 20' 3" N, 112° 3' 41" W (South Mtn.); ERP 645 kW horiz/161.25 kW vert non-directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 548 m.
  • KNXV-TV 15.x Phoenix (Scripps Media, Inc.) applied for and was granted a license to cover a construction permit for auxiliary facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mtn.); ERP 530 kW non-directional (0.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 491 m.

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Friday, September 30 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - August/September 2016

Another busy month finds August combined with September.

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

Programming changes

  • KTVK 3.x (24) Phoenix (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) is reported on the Comet TV website to be picking up Comet TV on channel 3.2, which would replace the current 24/7 newscast loop. No date has been given, and there has been no confirmation from KTVK.
  • KASW 61.x (49) Phoenix (Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.), following its newly-inked deal with Katz Broadcasting, as added Grit on channel 61.3 and Escape on channel 61.4, duplicating programming already seen on Univision's KTVW-DT 33.3 and KFPH-CD 35.4, respectively.

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Wednesday, August 24 2016

About the Live Bandscan

I just wanted to provide an update on efforts to restore RabbitEars to full operation. We're back on our regular server, but the Live Bandscan remains non-functional. It ran for the past two or three days, and for that time, the site crawled horribly. There's something wrong with the configuration that we can't track down, and it will probably be up and down as testing goes on over the coming days. Right now, it's down so that the rest of the site is functional.

Tuesday, August 9 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2016

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

Programming changes

  • KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has dropped channel 8.5. No programming had ever appeared on the subchannel.
  • KVOA 4.x (23) Tucson and translator K04QP-D 4.x Casas Adobes (KVOA Communications LLC) have launched Escape on channel 4.3, giving the diginet two outlets in the Old Pueblo, airing on four stations.

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Thursday, July 7 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2016

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

Programming changes

  • KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has added channel 8.5 to its PSIP. Labeled KBAQ2, it is presumed that it will be a secondary stream of audio from KBAQ-FM 89.5 Phoenix.
  • KPAZ-TV 21.x (20) Phoenix (Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona) has replaced programming from The Church Channel with the Hillsong Channel, a new joint venture of TBN and Hillsong Church of Sydney, Australia. The same programming change has occurred in all other TBN-owned stations that carry the standard programming streams.

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Wednesday, June 15 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - April/May 2016

It's finally here!! As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • KHMP-LD 18.x Las Vegas NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings, LLC) has applied for and been granted a license to cover its transmitter location change to Black Mountain. Technical specifications: Ch 18; TL 36° 0' 34" N, 115° 0' 22" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 15 kW directional; HAAT 310 m.
  • KPVT-LD 2.x (27) Pahrump NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings, LLC) has applied for and been granted a license to cover construction of a digital companion channel to KPVT-LP 30 Pahrump NV. Technical specifications: Ch 27; TL 36° 0' 34" N, 115° 0' 22" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 15 kW directional; HAAT 310 m.

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Sunday, April 3 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - March 2016

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

Programming changes

  • Almavision has fixed its transmission problems, and its programming is once again airing on Mako Communications LLC stations KTVP-LD 22.5 Phoenix and KEGS-LD 30.2 Las Vegas NV.
  • K18JL-D 25.x Phoenix (Mako Communications LLC) is silent, possibly for good? The AZ Conference of 7th Day Adventists have moved Amazing Facts TV from its own spot on GNTV2 channel 25.1 to sharing time with 3ABN, Hope Channel and LLBN on GNTV channel 22.1.

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Thursday, March 10 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - February 2016

Better late than never...

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

Programming changes

  • KTVP-LD 22.x Phoenix (Mako Communications, LLC) has dropped JTV programming from channel 22.6. No programming has replaced JTV; the subchannel is a blank screen, but where the channel description used to show just "22.6", it now shows "KTVP-LP|TBA". Could something be showing up soon? Almavision on channel 22.5 is missing, replaced by a Spanish-language slide from Dish Network informing viewers that due to technical difficulties from Almavision, the channel is not available at the moment, and encouraging viewers to visit the Almavision website to watch their programming.
  • K38IZ-D 38.x Phoenix (Spanish Independent Broadcast Network, Inc.) has added a new subchannel, 38.7, which is the new home of Rev'n, formerly on KPHE-LD 44.3.

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