Originally Posted by ejb1980
I assume that it will either disappear from the lineup (like it will on Directv - one day, there just won't be a channel 50 anymore) or cable might put another channel on 18 and not think about it too much. WBIN just won't exist. And their subchannels could theoretically show up elsewhere in the market, assuming there is room.
There is WGME-TV in Portland, but in southern NH, it is more likely ch 13, RF 36, WYCN-CD Nashua, Heroes and Icons. WGME does not use 13 RF.
RE: Ch 50 and 13:
1) Ch 13 is indeed WYCN, but the FCC database doesn't seem to have this information nor do any of the online sources such as TitanTV or TVFool (36 is listed as a different station). I'm waiting for a really good weather day to determine whether Ch 50 has already turned off the breadth of their programming and may only be airing previously sold informercials.
2) The article I read was that the bandwidth is being sold to broadband. If so, there will be no channel 50 in the future, period. As EJB1980 said, it's possible that some other station will pick up the substations (heck, we have *two* escapes, so maybe they will reshuffle).
RE: Ch 56
I've been watching "Modern Family" nightly; I don't think it's off the air. Maybe they're just doing heavy infomercials during the day?
Does anyone have an idea of when this repack disruption might resolve?
Finally, I'm seeing the following potential future for broadcasting in my crystal ball:
1) People subscribe to channels that are delivered via broadband a la Netflix. CBS already has this and I think that the other major stations do too.
2) Since the consumption model in 1) is similar to subscribing to all of a music production company (think of subscribing to BMG-Chrysalis and then getting access to all of that publishing house's music), maybe they will introduce a way to buy each show. In other words, one could purchase a season of House of Cards. This model would be more like buying a music album.
I think both models would be available since consumption model 1) would be appropriate for channels like HGTV and local/national news channels.
All of this assumes that we use nothing but internet access. You see, I think that not only OTA will go the way of the dinosaurs, but so will traditional cable and satellite TV broadcasting. I think that that cable and satellite won't broadcast traditional TV signals, but will instead be used to provide internet access -- all content will be streamed.
Although access could be implemented via cable,satellite, fiber, LTE, and other emergent technologies to increase our ability to survive connectivity in case of catastrophe, error, mischievousness, or warfare, delivery via internet is still extremely vulnerable because only a few companies actually control DNS and switch the traffic. That problem is going to have to be solved.
I say this having just moved my Mom into a newly built Assisted Living/Memory facility. It wasn't possible for me to use OTA nor to buy her a land phone line. Without these, the poor woman cannot really operate the cable or even the phone. Everything is moving very quickly, and I think that pace of change will continue.