FCC Authorizes Next Generation TV Broadcast Transmission Standard

(Via FCC News)  The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules to let television broadcasters use the Next Generation broadcast television transmission standard, also called ATSC 3.0, on a voluntary, market-driven basis. The Next Generation TV standard will let broadcasters provide consumers with more vivid pictures and sound, including Ultra High Definition television and superior reception, mobile viewing capabilities, advanced emergency alerts, better accessibility features,

Read More…

OTA Broadcasting Donates Zombie to WNET

(Via TVNewsCheck) Spectrum speculator OTA Broadcasting has donated the license and other assets of low-power WEBR-CD New York to noncommercial WNET New York, according to the transfer application filed with the FCC. OTA has also agreed to donate $12,500 to WNET. OTA may need the tax deduction. Earlier this year, it sold the WEBR’s UHF spectrum in the FCC incentive auction for $72.8 million, turning

Read More…

FCC Announces the Issuance of Initial Allocation of TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund

DATE: October 16, 2017 The FCC announced the issuance today of an initial allocation of the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund in the total amount of $1 billion to begin to reimburse eligible full power and Class A broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors for their repacking costs. The initial allocation of funds will help stations cover upfront expenditures, equipment down payments, and other charges. As

Read More…

Public TV Station Coalition Formed to Plan for Conversion to ATSC 3.0

(From TVTechnology.com) A group of public TV stations have formed the Public Media Venture Group, which aims to explore operating models and revenue opportunities around the conversion to ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast protocol. The coalition says it will coordinate plans for an effective shift to ATSC 3.0, as well as focus on a variety of efforts including emergency communications, increased program streams, and revenue-generating joint

Read More…

Public Media Company Announces Public Media Venture Group

Public Media Company announces the launch of the Public Media Venture Group, a coalition of public media television stations serving over 150 million Americans. Public Media Venture Group member stations are committed to working together and investing collaboratively in “Next Generation TV” for the benefit of the American people. For members of the Public Media Venture Group, click here. (Password required) Questions or comments about

Read More…

A $1.7M Write-off and a New Chapter for Local Public Radio

KCPW has reached an agreement that significantly improves its long-term outlook. The deal restructures the 2008 loan used to purchase the station, and eliminates more than $1.7 million of long-term debt. Lauren Colucci, KCPW’s General Manager, says that the arrangement means a new day for the local news and information outlet and its listeners. “The debt burden that was taken on in 2008 saved KCPW;

Read More…

Public Media Company’s Public Television Financing Program

Worried about paying for auction-related equipment costs, ATSC 3.0 upgrades or general equipment needs? Public Media Company has secured over $20 million from a combination of non-profit and traditional bank lenders to assist public television stations with equipment financing needs through an affordable loan program. Additionally, there might be other lenders interested in providing financing solutions to public TV stations on a case-by-case basis. Learn

Read More…

Public Media Company Filed ATSC 3.0 Comments

Public Media Company submitted comments to the FCC, in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued on February 24, 2017 to authorize television broadcasters to use the ‘Next Generation’ broadcast television transmission standard (ATSC 3.0). Go to http://bit.ly/2xyDZhB for PMC ATSC 3.0 Comments.

In Aftermath of Spectrum Auction, Even Stations That Sat Out Could Benefit

By PMC CEO Marc Hand, writing in Current: Despite eye-popping windfalls for some stations, the FCC broadcast spectrum auction was a disappointment for public media. Here’s why: Prior to the start of the auction, the prevailing wisdom was that the forward auction would generate anywhere between $30 billion and $60 billion in gross proceeds. Some experts were even more bullish — predicting numbers of $80

Read More…

Public Media Company CEO Speaks to PBS TechCon About ATSC 3.0

The new ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard won’t wash your car, fold your laundry or provide tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers. Beyond that, though, broadcasters attending PBS TechCon are being promised a wide array of benefits from the next-generation digital TV system that’s a focus of this year’s convention. “There is really a significant opportunity for increased service,” Public Media Company CEO Marc Hand told a standing-room

Read More…