Originally posted by justalurker
It is interesting to see how many (or how few) stations are going to keep their historical frequencies. I've pulled the records for the 135 stations in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois that filed a DTV election and only 36 of them are choosing their old frequency over the new one..............
1) How tough was it for the stations to decide? Is it strictly based on how many people they could cover on each channel and go for the best or did stations take in to account years of channel branding? I know in this market WNDU IS channel 16. Will we grow to love them as CH 42?
2) What will happen to PSIP - and when? The thought crossed my mind when WNIT's PSIP broke a couple of weeks ago that since they will eventually be WNIT-DT 35 they might want to start calling themselves that now. I assume that WNDU cannot call itself CH 16 forever. What will happen when the next channel 16 comes along?
Over the weekend, "George at WNDU" answered most of your questions with this post at the Indy thread......................
Basically, the FCC made it very difficult for stations to go back to their analog channel with digital.
FCC allowed/encouraged/bullied stations into maximizing coverage on their digital channel and have proclaimed that facility "protected."
But a station wanting to move digital to its analog channel is not allowed to increase interference to those "protected" facilities (by more than only a slight amount), meaning power reductions in certain directions (although some of these might disappear if relocated to their analog channel).
And two (or more) stations whose digital operation on their analog channels would mutually interfere have to protect each other (but the FCC won't approve large areas of interference between, even if such stations agree to accepting).
Stations were faced with deciding between the guaranteed coverage area of their current digital channel and any coverage reduction on their analog channel from having to protect nearby digital stations.
Many stations discovered their digital channel afforded better coverage because re-using the analog channel was impeded by protecting already established digital stations or digital stations reverting to former analog channels.
But stations whose analog channel allowed bigger/better coverage for digital than their present digital channel got lucky and elected to revert digital to their analog spectrum (and some stations had no choice in this round of channel elections if one or both of their channels is outside the core or both on low-VHF).
A lot of thought also went into branding by established channel number, but not considered as important because PSIP allows virtual channel numbers (and besides channel numbers are different on cable or satellite and viewers seem to have no problem finding their favorite station).
But in the end, it seems it was really a choice between a "bird in the hand" and a "role of the dice."
I'm sure many stations will regret their decision, either way, but many won't.
George at WNDU