Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

NAB Asks for Repack Reporting Tweaks

28/01/2017

WASHINGTON-Yes or no does not always the question answer, the National Association of Broadcasters told the folks at the Federal Communications Commission regarding a proposed form for periodic channel-repacking reports.

While NAB generally believes the questions are substantively appropriate, many questions simply are not amenable to yes or no responses. Throughout the repacking process, broadcasters will face numerous uncertainties, and forcing a yes or no response in these circumstances will materially lessen the accuracy of the information the commission collects and makes available to stakeholders, an NAB engineering team said in comments filed on FCC Public Notice DA-34, released Jan. 10, The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Release Transition Progress Report Form and Filing Requirements for Stations Eligible for Reimbursement From the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund and Seek Comment on the Filing of the Report by Non-Reimbursable Stations.

The Public Notice contains the form in Appendix A, reproduced here at right (click to open .pdf in new window), and which contains 14 questions along the lines of, Does the Station require FAA approval... in order to construct its post-auction facility? Does the Station require Federal, State, and/or local permits, and/or a review of environmental impact, for its post-auction facility? Are radio frequency tower studies required in order for the Station to construct its post-auction facility? and Are structural tower studies required in order for the Station to construct its post-auction facility?

The NAB had no beef with the reporting requirement per se, but rather the abbreviated, John Dingellesquity of the possible answers.

For example, proposed question 8 asks if a station's post-auction facility will require tower construction or modification work. Many broadcasters will be wholly unable to provide any meaningful response to this question until tower studies have been completed. the NAB team stated.

The NAB agreed with the commissions proposal to have stations that are not eligible for reimbursement from the $1.75 billion repack set-aside.

These stations will in many cases be drawing on the same limited pool of resources as reimbursable stations as they seek to move to new channels, the NAB team said. Further, their progress is no less important than that of reimbursable stations when it comes to clearing the new wireless band for forward auction winners.

The NAB parted company with the FCC proposal to require the reports quarterly as well as 10 weeks before a station's construction deadline, 10 days after construction is complete, and five days after the station ceases operation on its pre-auction channel. How about every six months, plus the 10-week prior and shutdown report, with some event-related flexibility, the NAB proffered. Additionally, the NAB requested group reporting versus one for each station.

Finally, the NAB emphasized that completion of auxiliary antenna systems should not be tied to shutting down the main signal on its pre-auction channel if the station isn't ready to fire up the transmitter on the new, reassigned frequency, as one of the questions appears to suggest: Has the station completed all testing on its new auxiliary antenna system such that it may now cease broadcasting on its pre-auction channel?

The NAB team responded that, No station should be required to cease operation on its pre-auction channel until construction on its primary facilities is complete. Further, it concluded that the commission must not seek to compel broadcasters to operate with significantly diminished facilities solely to maintain the fiction that its arbitrary 39-month deadline for the completion of repacking is achievable.

For more TV Technology coverage, see our spectrum auction silo.

Also see...

Jan. 10, 2017

FCC Seeks Feedback on Repack Reporting Process

Stations eligible for reimbursement comprise all full-power and some Class A stations involuntarily assigned to a new channel. The PN said a small number of Class A stations are not protected during the repacking process, and if displaced as a result of repacking will not be eligible for reimbursement.
LINK: http://www.tvtechnology.com/news/0002/nab-asks-for-repack-reporting-tw...
See more stories from tvtechnology

Most recent headlines

23/11/2017

Banijay Rights sells acclaimed drama series to Viasat World for Epic Drama

Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, has sold two of its prestigious drama series to leading international media company Viasat ...

23/11/2017

Volfoni Named Exclusive 3D Technology Provider for Kinorinok 2017 and 2018

Volfoni Named Exclusive 3D Technology Provider for Kinorinok 2017 and 2018 Paris, France, 22nd November 2017 Volfoni Limited, the leading European provider...

23/11/2017

There's more than one way to skin the IP cat Blog from Rascular

We can almost forgive those who are now a little tired of hearing about the move to IP, the scale of it, the complexities and also the huge benefits that await....

23/11/2017

Schneider Electric Announces EcoXpert Master Level Partners in Critical Power

Partners demonstrate leadership in implementing innovative power management solutions Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automa...

23/11/2017

Robe for Rolling Stones No Filter

Robe for Rolling Stones No Filter posted: 23/11/2017 Thirty-Six Robe BMFL Spots were workhorse moving lights on the recent Rolling Stones No Filter Europea...

23/11/2017

Claypaky leads at 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

Claypaky leads at 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games posted: 23/11/2017 Over 800 Claypaky fixtures used at the opening ceremony of AIMAG. Interna...

23/11/2017

Digital Lab Africa looking for next-gen projects

-- Digital Lab Africa looking for next-gen projects -- Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:48 -- On 25 October, Digital Lab Africa (DLA), the reference platform for tom...

23/11/2017

2017 Financial Mail AdFocus Award winners announced

-- 2017 Financial Mail AdFocus Award winners announced -- Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:44 -- The winners of the 2017 Financial Mail AdFocus Awards were announced...

23/11/2017

Fighting pirates in the digital age

Falcon Media House CEO Gert Rieder talks Game of Thrones, Napster and educating consumers Author: ContributorPublish date: Nov 23, 2017Social count: 0 Falc...

23/11/2017

The broadCAST: Dan Castles

TVBEuropes podcast meets Telestreams former CEO Author: Jenny PriestleyPublish date: Nov 23, 2017Social count: 0 TVBEuropes podcast meets Telestreams forme...

23/11/2017

French VoD subscriptions surge in 2017

Up 40 per cent this year Author: Jenny PriestleyPublish date: Nov 23, 2017Social count: 0 Up 40 per cent this year 0 SHARES Subscriptions to VoD service...

23/11/2017

BECTU urges respect at work clause

Letter sent to a number of industry bodies Author: Jenny PriestleyPublish date: Nov 23, 2017Social count: 0 Letter sent to a number of industry bodies 0 ...

23/11/2017

dock10 seals multi-year BBC Creative deal

Post production company will provide the BBC with various high-end finishing services Author: James GrovesPublish date: Nov 23, 2017Social count: 0 Post pr...

23/11/2017

SMPTE Joins #GivingTuesday Movement With a Focus on Funding Standards, Membership, and Education

SMPTE , the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advance...

23/11/2017

Teranex AV Used on Trains Play That Song Summer Tour

Blackmagic Design today announced that its Teranex AV broadcast quality standards converter was used for signal conversions on American pop rock band Trains Pla...

23/11/2017

DNF Controls and 360 Systems Announce New Solution Bundle

DNF Controls, the award-winning developer of human-to-machine and machine-to-machine control technology, together with 360 Systems, a leading manufacturer of br...

23/11/2017

CPLs Got Constructive Talent

Technical production specialist Central Presentations Ltd. (CPL) working with producers Constructive Communications, delivered full technical Production includi...

23/11/2017

Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International deploys IDS network-based monitoring, display, and control system

IPE today announced that Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International (MTA) has pur...

23/11/2017

Adder Technology joins industry shift to open standards with AIMS

Adder Technology, the high performance, IP-based KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) specialist, has announced it has joined the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS)...

23/11/2017

3D Printing Reimagines Documentary Storytelling in WaterTight

23 November, 2017 - 08:03 Watertight is a 3D-scanned and 3D-printed specimen collection of New York City habitats and the individuals that reside alone with...

23/11/2017

Oscar spotlight: The Wound' is a decidedly different coming-of-age foreign language entry

23 November, 2017 - 08:21 In movies, coming of age often means a teenager is...

23/11/2017

Arvato Systems helps BELIMO to reach a new, global B2B e-commerce presence

Global Arvato Systems team implements web presence based on SAP Hybris, SAP CPQ, and Magnolia CMS. Achievement of an important milestone in the Group-wide, dig...

23/11/2017

AVMI named first platinum...

L-R: James Keen (Tripleplay and David Sumner (AVMI) UK systems integrator AVMI is the first Platinum Partner in Tripleplay's newly launched UK Partner Prog...

23/11/2017

Community appoints DV2...

Community Professional Loudspeakers has appointed DV2 Belux as its distributor in Belgium and Luxembourg, while DV2 France will handle its products in France fr...

23/11/2017

Crestron to stage AV over IP event in Norway

Crestron will host an AV over IP Summit' at its new Technical Institute in Norway's innovation hub of Fornebu, Oslo, on December 12, 2017. The compan...

23/11/2017

New Chemistry Method Simplifies Late-Stage Modification of Drug Compounds

New Chemistry Method Simplifies Late-Stage Modification of Drug Compounds LA JOLLA, Calif. Nov. 22, 2017 Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) ...

23/11/2017

VidOvation's AVIWEST Bonded Cellular System Rides Along During NYC Marathon's Women's Wheelchair Race

VidOvations AVIWEST Bonded Cellular System Rides Along During NYC Marathons Wome...

23/11/2017

Nat Geo Channel Sends VR Camera Into Space

European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli will use a Vuze VR camera to document life on the International Space Station for a VR companion to National Geogr...

23/11/2017

Droid Competition Looks To Inspire Designers

SAN FRANCISCO - LittleBits (www.littleBits.cc), which employs a platform of easy-to-use electronic blocks that allow anyone to create and invent with electronic...

23/11/2017

Framestore Employs Vicon Mocap Gear For Thor VFX

OXFORD, UK - In Marvel Studios' latest blockbuster, Thor: Ragnarok, an electrified god of thunder fights off an army of undead soldiers high above the water...

23/11/2017

Summer streaming in the school holidays with the Foxtel Kids App School's

School's (almost) out for summer! In a perfect world the sun will shine, but on a rainy day, a long car journey, or when the kids are looking for some down ...

23/11/2017

AWS Announces Amazon ML Solutions Lab

AWS Announces Amazon ML Solutions Lab New collaboration and education program connects Amazon machine learning experts with AWS customers and partners to acce...

23/11/2017

Symantec Selects Amazon Web Services to Deliver Cloud Security to Global Customers

Symantec Selects Amazon Web Services to Deliver Cloud Security to Global Custome...

23/11/2017

GoPro Fusion 360-Degree Camera Now Shipping

news Nov 14, 2017 Fusion is the Most Versatile Tool for VR and Traditional Content Creation SAN MATEO, Calif., (November 14, 2017) - GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: ...

23/11/2017

Introducing Fusion Studio

tools of the trade Nov 21, 2017 GoPro Fusion is now shipping and we are already seeing some amazing content being published wordwide. So how are those Fusi...

23/11/2017

Filipe Toledo Wins First Jewel in Vans Triple Crown

pros Nov 22, 2017 Filipe Toledo is bringing the heat! In a fierce come-from-behind battle, Filipe landed himself first in Monday's Hawaiian Pro. This ...

23/11/2017

AFP publishes its code of ethics in Chinese

The code covers traditional journalistic values such as the importance of accuracy, balanced reporting and protection of sources along with guidelines on dealin...

22/11/2017

UNDERCOVER

Amsterdam and Hollywood -- 22 November 2017 - Netflix announces Undercover, its first Belgian/Dutch co-produced series starring Anna Drijver (Komt een vrouw bij...

22/11/2017

Netflix and Deutsche Telekom strike international partnership

Netflix and Deutsche Telekom have announced an international partnership enabling all Deutsche Telekom subsidiaries to benefit from Deutsche Telekom's partn...

22/11/2017

Schaeffler-Auszubildende verarbeiten 366 Meter Rohstahl

2017-11-21 | H chstadt Ausbildungszentrum unterst tzt H chstadter Triathlon Schaeffler-Auszubildende verarbeiten 366 Meter Rohstahl Fahrradst nder f r H chs...

22/11/2017

Beltelecom registered its 400-thousandth subscriber of YASNA package

Beltelecom registered its 400-thousandth subscriber of YASNA package 20.11.2017 On November 17, in Grodno Branch of RUE Beltelecom the award ceremony of t...

22/11/2017

Our Latest improvements to the Vidixplore Experience

Today nobody likes slow. We want all information right at our fingertips as fast a possible. We realized that Vidixplore did not deliver on what we all have com...

22/11/2017

CBS STATEMENT ON DISH DISPUTE

New York, N.Y. - Nov. 22 - We obviously want to strike a fair deal with DISH as soon as possible - but we remain far apart on terms. Understandably, observers o...

22/11/2017

DISH SUBSCRIBERS TO MISS CBS SPORTS' LIVE NATIONAL PROGRAMMING BEGINNING THURSDAY, NOV. 23

CBS Sports' Thanksgiving Weekend Programming Highlights Include: The L.A. C...

22/11/2017

Ken Scott free Q&A at Red Dog Music Leeds

Legendary producer and engineer of Bowie & Beatles to give talk Thurs 30 Nov Place / Event > Seminar Ken Scott, the man who engineered and produced some of th...

22/11/2017

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Worst Dates (video)

I m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Worst Dates (video) TX4 - Wednesday 22 November 9pm on ITV Watch and embed this video on your website. Simply play and c...

22/11/2017

Sneak Peek of Sky Original Productions in 2018

Following Skys raft of new show announcements yesterday including Riviera 2, Gangs of London, three brand new comedies from Sky Arts Urban Myths series, Ronnie ...

22/11/2017

Residents of Timor-Leste's Capital to Enjoy Complimentary Wi-Fi in Public Spaces via SES Networks

Written on 22 Nov 2017 Luxembourg, 22 November 2017 - Residents of Timor-Leste...