Thursday, February 9 2017
By Trip Ericson on Thursday, February 9 2017, 17:30
With the quiet period for broadcasters lifted, we now know more about what some stations did in the auction. Below, I will attempt to track their public statements. I intend to update this post on a rolling basis with newest information at the top.
Thursday, January 28 2016
By Trip Ericson on Thursday, January 28 2016, 17:30
(Updated 2/8/16 with an article about Chattanooga.)
(Updated 2/24/16 with more on Puerto Rico.)
(Updated 3/25/16 with WNYE.)
As many of you know, the FCC's Incentive Auction application window closed on Tuesday, January 12. This means that stations are now under a "quiet period" during which they cannot discuss bids or bidding strategy. This also means that almost any information that is going to be made public before the process is complete is probably already public now. As a service to those who are interested, I've attempted to compile as much information as I can find about who is in and who is out.
Please note that while I am officially an FCC employee, I have no access to any inside information on this subject, and even if I did, I could not share it. All data below was compiled entirely in my personal time and capacity, is in no way intended to reflect the views of the FCC or any of its Commissioners. It is either based on public information which is linked, or is strictly my own speculation based on years of industry-watching.
Now, to the educational part.
Friday, October 16 2015
By Trip Ericson on Friday, October 16 2015, 07:00
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?
Monday, June 9 2014
By Trip Ericson on Monday, June 9 2014, 13:40
Monday, June 2 2014
By Trip Ericson on Monday, June 2 2014, 16:30
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.
By Trip Ericson on Monday, June 2 2014, 06:25
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, January 27 2014
By Trip Ericson on Monday, January 27 2014, 21:18
I'm hearing that GetTV is starting to appear in more markets. I just spotted PSIP for it on WFDC here in Washington, on 14-3 rather than 14-2. I'm hearing it's up in some form or another on 68-3 in New York, 61-3 in Cleveland, 43-2 or 43-3 in Orlando, and 49-2 or 49-3 in Dallas. Anyone else seeing anything?
Thursday, January 16 2014
By Trip Ericson on Thursday, January 16 2014, 21:53
I got an e-mail from Jason at SiliconDust asking if my local ION station was broadcasting in 720i, as opposed to 720p. I've seen erroneous read-outs say 720i before from others, but never first-hand. Well, I checked both here in Alexandria and at my parents' house and, sure enough, ION was showing up as being in 720i on both WPXW and WPXR--but only during programming. When I looked again during commercials, it reported 720p.
Is anyone else seeing this on your local ION station?
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Friday, August 9 2013
By Trip Ericson on Friday, August 9 2013, 08:27
Updated 8/28/13 to reflect additional confirmations.
A few short notes about QVC and ION.
1. Yesterday afternoon, we got a comment in the earlier blog post on the subject from an engineer at QVC about their ION feed. He's seeking comments on the feed. Feel free to leave your comments in this post or the earlier one.
2. I've managed to confirm the presence of QVC on some ION stations, its non-presence on others, and there are then a bunch where I have no information at all. I should be able to independently verify WWPX, WLPX, WUPX, and WIPX during a road trip planned for late September, but I still have a long list, which can be seen below. If you can confirm any of the unconfirmed markets, please let me know.
Tuesday, August 6 2013
By Trip Ericson on Tuesday, August 6 2013, 07:55
WPXR launched QVC some time recently, it has started to show up in Phoenix, and is on TitanTV for several other markets. If you have a local ION station, can you look for QVC on the .5 channel and report what, if anything, you are seeing?
Additionally, in places with the AirBox service, it looks like ION has either cut it back (Phoenix) or eliminated it (DC), though the latter may be temporary while they are reconfiguring.