Originally Posted by veedon
I agree with you about manual tuning, but I think including the RF channel number in the station identification announcements would confuse a lot of viewers. Hey, maybe the station id announcement could give the megahertz frequency, just like for radio stations.
Veedon, if you think displaying the RF channel number would confuse a lot of viewers, I hasten to think how confused they would be to see two numbers separated by a hyphen
Some people may not even know to associate "megahertz" with broadcasting, and think instead it may have something to do with federal healthcare reform
Originally Posted by veedon
Although I'm not from New York, I find KVNV's situation very interesting because it will be a test of the viability of broadcasting on VHF-Lo in a major metropolitan area, and it will also be fascinating to see how advertisers react to a station in a major market having Me-TV as the primary affiliation. Will MeTV on KVNV be able to attract more and better advertisers than MeTV on WZME did?
The KVNV and KJWY (now KJWP) situations without question represent an historical and highly fascinating broadcasting milestone, given the unique circumstances of their humble beginnings in rural communities, and how a broadcasting company based in New Jersey purchased these two stations in anticipation of creating two new commercial VHF television stations in the New York City and Philadelphia markets by using a 1980s law originally intended to benefit one television station, and which hadn't been used since.
Certainly, the programming offered on Me-TV is more inviting then infomercials or otherwise brokered programming, and thus its programming fare could better test the viability of the VHF-Lo band in a major metropolitan area. The only caveat is the high percentage of pay TV penetration already present in the NYC market. However the matter of the channel number issue is ultimately decided, this station will eventually find a place somewhere on all of the areas pay TV providers. Most of the viewing of this station will probably be via cable/phone/satellite. Now, as I eluded to earlier, if KVNV is operated comparably to KJWP, there are some reasons why viewers will prefer to tune into KVNV via it's OTA signal, and I think once they know why, many of those viewers will attempt to access the OTA signal.
Initially, I would expect most advertising to be PI stuff, with one or two local businesses airing spots or sponsoring local breaks. Depending on what happens with the channel dispute and how PMCM TV markets the station, I expect the local advertising will increase, although not to the level of a traditional network affiliate. Certainly, owning the station outright and not being relegated to a subchannel will help tremendously in terms of marketing and traffic.
Originally Posted by veedon
So, I do think that WFSB has a legitimate reason for wanting to be known as Channel 3 in the places where it has a history of being known as that. But that should not stop KVNV from being Channel 3 in other places. That would be easy enough to do on cable systems. (Just have WFSB take the Channel 3 slot on the Connecticut cable systems, but let the new KVNV have the channel 3 slot on the cable systems outside Connecticut.
But how do you handle things OTA. If somebody is viewing the channels OTA in that part of Connecticut where both stations' signals can be received, then the tuner is going to receive the same PSIP info for the new KVNV as a person watching OTA in New Jersey would receive. Now, if there were a translator in Connecticut that could broadcast a special KVNV signal with PSIP info for just the Connecticut area, that could solve the problem, but that would be an expense that KVNV would not want to bear.
I wonder whether KVNV could agree to be on a subchannel of WFSB in Connecticut and adjust its main transmitter so that the KVNV signal from Times Square would not reach into Connecticut. That would require a business agreement between the two stations, and it would deprive KVNV of being a -1 channel in Connecticut.
Neither PMCM TV nor Meredith has any interest or intent to facilitate a situation in which KVNV would be carried on a WFSB subchannel. The issue, as Nyctveng correctly pointed out earlier today, is that WFSB is mostly concerned with losing the channel 3 slot on cable systems such as Cablevision that carry both NY & CT stations. Meredith did not like the FCC's initial dismissal of Meredith's informal objection as premature, and thus they escalated the matter requesting a declaratory ruling.
This is a crowded metropolitan area with few open channels, and thus these types of conflicts can be expected. This conflict, however, is quite unique for many reasons and it will be interesting to see how it unfolds. Ultimately, the FCC and the broadcaster parties involved may have to concede to the OTA audience's abilities to differentiate between a channel 3-1 broadcasting Me-TV programming and another channel 3-1 broadcasting WFSB, in the event that some viewers find themselves located within areas in which both signals provide reliable service.
Which is why, as I stated earlier and you apparently agree, this dispute should be isolated to only those counties in which WFSB has long occupied the channel 3 dial position on the MVPDs. My hunch is that the territory in dispute essentially only exists in southern Connecticut, with perhaps a sliver portion of Long Island, NY., and thus these are the areas in which a delay of the station's carriage is perhaps warranted. However, a blanket delay, as is in place right now, is overbearing and unwarranted.