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We in Las Vegas have been fortunate to have had Heoes & Icons as a sub-channel on KTNV 13.2 and 13.3 for several months now. Tomorrow, March 1st, is the offical launch of the network and the addition of a few new affiliates across the US. In the next few weeks H&I will add several series that have been requested of the various retro themed networks. Several shows seem to be leaving the H&I schedule, or at least moved from their current timeslots.
The CBS Decades network is set to launch officially once they conclude their binge marathon of programming. No local station has yet murmurred an affiliation agreement. Other diginets ramping up their exposure with affiliate announcements are Laff, Justice, Buzzr, Grit, and Escape. Again, our local broadcasters are mum on announcements. But hey, we got IQRA on KEGS 30.5.
Sinclair's KVMY could easily support 2 or 3 additional sub-channels as that station does not now have a bit hungry HD main channel to support. KTNV 13.2 is expected to do something with their ABC SD simulcast soon, possibly with the addition of LAFF, now that KTNV is a Scipps Howard owned station and Scripps is a lead affilaite group owner for launching Laff. KVVU 5.3 is thought likely to be a home for Fox Buzzr. But speculation, rumors, and announcements don't always merge.
Saturday morning finds KMCC 34 still missing, as are the KEEN 17.6, 17.7, and 17.8 subs. Did the sale of KEEN get in the way of the KGNG agreement to program the KEEN subs for a profit share arrangement?
How long can K41IO hold out and not add some additional sub-channels and the potential for additional revenue? Why would a LPTV owner not want to fully utilize the bits allocated to them by their FCC license in the best interest of the public they serve? K41IO could easily add 7 additional subs without adversley affecting the viewers to their Enlace service on 41.1. Much the same is true for KLVD. They recently added a SD wide screen verson on 23.2 of their 23.1 Daystar programming. Daystar is not known for using their excess bandwdth for sub-channels, but that may be changing in the next year or two. KINC 15 experimented last month with a 15.3 sub-channel, a simulcast of KELV 27.1. Might they resurrect their 15.3 for a new diginet seeking exposure in Las Vegas? Will Biltmore ever program their KLSV 50 station with something other than shop-at-home channels? They, too, are sitting on unused bits worthy of a partnership with several networks.
As I see it, if they local stations fill their bandwidth to the max with programming from a selection of diginets, then the TV spectrum auction next year could greatly fizzle. We must keep the TV band for the home consumner and tell the phone companies to keep their grubby hands off the TV dial. Before TV hardly had a chance at infancy, we lost channel 1. Then when UHF was just beginning to unfold, we lost channels 70-83. Recenlt the TV band lost channels 51-69. Now, with the auction slated for next year, we could lose additional channel capacity. That would only reduce the potential for free over-the-air viewing for the nation, and force some people to the cable or sat providers. This is not what I expect from the FCC. At least not from the FCC I remember as a young broadcaster wannabe in the 1950's.
Wanting a strong FCC to say no to the Wireless lobby. Keep the tv broadcast band for ota television broadcasters.