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This weekend's News & Notes features 15 media news items including: FCC's spectrum auction results revealed; FCC begins its spectrum "repacking" which will shift plenty of Chicago stations around; Jerry Taft is M.I.A.; Jesse Kirsch joins ABC 7; Marissa Bailey becomes a mother; Svengoolie becomes a comic (strip); WCIU-TV brings back comics (stand-up); JBTV partners with a streaming service; Matt McGill departs WVON-AM; Steve Dahl returns to the WLS-AM studios; Kenard "K2" Karter finds new work outside of radio; WIIL-FM loses hair and raises funds; Polnet asks for a translator change; Calvary Radio Network asks to sell a translator to Polnet; and WCFLChicago.com travels back to 1974. All of these stories are at the link below...

News & Notes: FCC Spectrum Auction; Jerry Taft; Svengoolie; WCIU-TV; JBTV; Matt McGill; Steve Dahl; WIIL-FM; More

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    Monday, April 17 2017, 02:44 PM - #permalink
    I have an idea about spectrum use:

    Why not have the video band reduced to 2,5,7,9 and 11. I'm ok with that as long as Channel 9 carries all of the Cubs games.
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    Tuesday, April 18 2017, 01:38 PM - #permalink
    Channel 9 has a contract to carry only 45 Cubs games. 25 Cubs games were taken away, airing on Channel 7 instead. Channel 9 also carries 55 White Sox games.


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    Wednesday, April 19 2017, 07:58 PM - #permalink
    Does that mean some stations will no longer be able to broadcast in HD? I mean, if say WPWR were to move to a subchannel of another station, they wouldn't be able to broadcast in HD, right?
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    Thursday, April 20 2017, 07:05 PM - #permalink
    Does that mean some stations will no longer be able to broadcast in HD? I mean, if say WPWR were to move to a subchannel of another station, they wouldn't be able to broadcast in HD, right?


    No. Equipment exists right now for TV stations to run dual HD originating from 1 signal, with excellent picture quality on both sub-channels.

    Presently Channel 60 WXFT-DT has 2 HD channels at 1080i, plus 1 SD channel 480i. Channel 7 WLS-TV has 2 HD channels at 720p, and 1 SD channel 480i. Channel 56 WYIN has 2 HD channels: 1 at 1080i and 1 at 720p. Last year Channel 9 WGN-TV tested a 2nd HD channel with both at 1080i, plus 2 SD channels 480i.

    Some stations will need to buy new equipment in order to transmit dual HD. I suspect that some sub-channel diginets will be eliminated when everything gets completed. Some diginets won't make the move to the new channel due to lack of bandwidth. Also, there won't be enough room for diginets that are already airing on a station that is getting a new primary channel moving in.

    When ATSC 3.0 becomes the new standard, I heard much much more video can be compressed. When that happens (5-10 years from now), Chicago can get back to the same amount of programming choices it has now, plus more.


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