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Very quiet thread for Birmingham, but I thought I'd try to post something.

Anyone know whether Bright House will add Epix TV? I know that Time Warner added it today and the two have negotiated together in the past. Anyone heard anything?

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From this morning's Birmingham News:

New Bright House channels:

On or after April 1, 2014:

Starz Comedy HD East - Premium Channel 1736
Starz Edge HD East - Premium Channel 1732
Starz in Black HD East - Premium Channel 1733
Starz Kids & Family HD East - Premium Channel 1734
Starz Cinema HD East - Premium Channel 1735

On or after May 7, 2014

EPIX - 655 & 1655
Epix 2 - 656 & 1656
Epix Drive-In - 657 & 1657

There are also discussions of changes to SDV. The ad was on page A10.

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Sinclair Giving Up 3 Stations To Appease FCC
The three stations — WCIV Charleston and WCFT-WJSU Birmingham — are now owned by Allbritton Communications, which Sinclair is buying, and were to be operated by sidecar companies. But those plans were dashed when the FCC earlier this year cracked down on the use of JSAs and SSAs. Today's action, Sinclair said, is designed to win speedy approval of the Allbritton deal.

The article says Sinclair can't find a buyer for ABC 33/40 and will simply turn in the licenses for WCFT and WJSU, which will go dark. The ABC affiliation will be transferred to WABM channel 68 and run on a subchannel along side My Network TV. This is madness. Sinclair claims that WABM has "better technical facilities" than the current 33/40 network, which is crazy.

One thing that is not explained is the fate of the city's "official" ABC affiliation, WBMA-LD, the low power digital channel broadcasting from atop Red Mountain. I suppose it, being part of the Allbritton group that they couldn't sell, will be discontinued as well? The city will be losing three viable signals. It also means picture quality compromise on WABM, if they try to squeeze both MyNT and ABC in HD together on the same stick. It can be done, but it won't look good at all.
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The article says Sinclair can't find a buyer for ABC 33/40

Wrong. Sinclair clearly stated in their filing they couldn't find a buyer for WABM. No shock that nobody wants to operate a stand-alone My Network TV affiliate that would come with a license and nothing else. If ABC33/40 had been put up for sale, I'm sure they'd have found a buyer.
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and will simply turn in the licenses for WCFT and WJSU, which will go dark. The ABC affiliation will be transferred to WABM channel 68 and run on a subchannel along side My Network TV. This is madness.

If approved.
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Sinclair claims that WABM has "better technical facilities" than the current 33/40 network, which is crazy..

WABM is centrally located with all the other network-affiliated stations in the market. WCFT and WJSU are not. By that standard, WABM is absolutely a better technical facility.

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Wrong. Sinclair clearly stated in their filing they couldn't find a buyer for WABM. No shock that nobody wants to operate a stand-alone My Network TV affiliate that would come with a license and nothing else. If ABC33/40 had been put up for sale, I'm sure they'd have found a buyer.

Sorry, that's the way the linked article read to me. You're right, it was WABM they wanted to sell. That was clarified in another article I read after I posted this.

I would think a standalone network affiliate in a medium sized market would be a good buy for a moderately sized broadcasting company. Of which there are sadly few left because Sinclair seems to have bought them all. rolleyes.gif

I'm just bristling at the idea of MyNT and ABC in HD together on the same multiplex. There's no way that can look good, especially if they try to carry over the ABC 33/40 weather/radar subchannel. Trip, you probably have seen some channels with two HDs on one transmitter. Do they look as bad together as some people say?

One other piece of this puzzle is WDBB. It's practically a Birmingham station thanks to the tall tower it's on in Tuscaloosa. Right now it's just a repeater for WTTO and wasting energy. Make it the home of My Network TV and let ABC sit alone on 68. Sinclair doesn't seem to be doing much else with it.
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WCBI runs CBS and CW multiplex. CBS looks somewhere between good and great. The CW looks good. Plus they run MNT in SD.
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WCBI runs CBS and CW multiplex. CBS looks somewhere between good and great. The CW looks good. Plus they run MNT in SD.

Hmm… Don't both CBS and CW use 1080i? That's less throughput than a 1080i and a 720p together, or two 720p channels together, I think.
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Yes. WCBI uses 1080i for CBS, 480i for MNT, and 720p for CW. Not ideal, but its good to have CW in HD. This should have been done back when WCBI aired SEC TV games. That way we could have not had the problem of preempted SEC CBS games.
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CW provides its CW+ affiliates in smaller markets with a 720p feed, rather than 1080i.

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Can't pick up WBRC, Channel 6

When my HDTV was connected to standard rabbit ears, I received channels 6, 21, 42, and 68. Yesterday I attached the HDTV to a large antenna in my attic, and now I receive channels 10, 13, 21, 23, 42, and 68... but channel 6 has disappeared. What happened? I live in north Shelby County, and the antenna is currently pointed due West. Do I need to adjust the direction to receive channel 6? Or is there some other reason the larger antenna doesn't receive the channel?
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When my HDTV was connected to standard rabbit ears, I received channels 6, 21, 42, and 68. Yesterday I attached the HDTV to a large antenna in my attic, and now I receive channels 10, 13, 21, 23, 42, and 68... but channel 6 has disappeared. What happened? I live in north Shelby County, and the antenna is currently pointed due West. Do I need to adjust the direction to receive channel 6? Or is there some other reason the larger antenna doesn't receive the channel?
dakedo it sounds like you're just in a little tiny dead spot for WBRC. If you can, try moving the antenna a few inches in either direction and see if the missing channel pops back in. It's been my experience with rabbit ears and attic antennas that two or three inches in either direction can be the different between getting some channels and not getting anything at all.
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dakedo it sounds like you're just in a little tiny dead spot for WBRC. If you can, try moving the antenna a few inches in either direction and see if the missing channel pops back in. It's been my experience with rabbit ears and attic antennas that two or three inches in either direction can be the different between getting some channels and not getting anything at all.
Yes, Tom, I discovered that yesterday. I was picking up 15 channels when the antenna was pointed due West, but that quickly dropped to 11 when I pointed the antenna Northwest. Unfortunately, no matter what direction I pointed the antenna, I never could pick up channel 6.
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I'm hearing that getTV has replaced ZUUS Country on WTTO and WDBB. Have they moved the country channel to WABM?
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