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Here's some interesting info regarding how much the stations received for giving up their frequencies.

6 Chicago TV stations will change channels after broadcast frequencies sold for wireless use

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I wonder if some of the smaller subchannels could be dropped. It looks like WMAQ + WSNS could just work (2 HD + 2 SD), although 2x1080i is iffy by itself. WFLD + WPWR could also work, especially as both are 720p to start. They could probably even include that LightTV I read is supposed to be on one or both of them. I guess WYCC will be gone, as WTTW is full. I do occasionally use WYCC as they have some stuff in HD (MotorWeek) that WTTW doesn't.

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It looks like WMAQ + WSNS could just work (2 HD + 2 SD), although 2x1080i is iffy by itself. WFLD + WPWR could also work, especially as both are 720p to start.


For those who are willing to shell out for the right encoders, this is no longer an issue. Downstate, WCIA/WCIX is 2x1080i + 2xSD, and WEEK is 1x1080i + 2x720p.
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For those who are willing to shell out for the right encoders, this is no longer an issue. Downstate, WCIA/WCIX is 2x1080i + 2xSD, and WEEK is 1x1080i + 2x720p.
I worry about Fox. Their local stuff is still 2.0 audio (I can see the audio switch when they go between local stuff and network.) The audio on WPWR has those known issues and is also only 2.0. They are probably too cheap to buy a new encoder.

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Saw this ad run during 60 Minutes tonight.


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Saw this ad run during 60 Minutes tonight.

its been on there since January
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its been on there since January
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Heh, that's what happens when you use a DVR and fast forward through commercials all the time

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Media giant 21st Century Fox is in talks with the private equity firm Blackstone to launch a joint bid for Tribune Media, The Financial Times reported Sunday.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...une/101139826/

What's worrying about this is that Sinclair Broadcasting (the other partner in the joint bid) has been VERY aggressive about retransmission fees. Many of those cable/satellite blackouts have involved Sinclair.

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Tribune Media, which owns WGN-TV, bought by Sinclair Broadcast Group

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the nation’s largest local TV station operators, wants to get even bigger. The company announced Monday that it will pay about $3.9 billion for Tribune Media, adding more than 40 stations including KTLA in Los Angeles, WPIX in New York and WGN-TV in Chicago.

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Noticed that WGN has a new on-screen graphics design and a new news set. Even the WGN Weather app on my phone was updated with the new logo.

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WXFT has filed an application to channel share on WLS's signal.

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WXFT has filed an application to channel share on WLS's signal.

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WLS is already rather crammed, unless they will replace the dead LiveWell with WXFT.
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WLS is already rather crammed, unless they will replace the dead LiveWell with WXFT.
WLS also moves it's ABC programming to LiveWell when there is a Cubs game conflict. Where would that programming go? Yesterday the 30 for 30 was moved to LiveWell. I don't think they can handle 3 full HD channels on the same frequency, could they? (at least not 3 full time HD channels that look decent)
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I recently bought this cheap small antenna from the Jungle(start with A) on line store. I installed it in the attic, and no direction to dial in. This antenna is much better than my on the roof large antenna. I am very surprise to see that it receives lots of channel, but no channel 2. I Flipped through all the channels and saw that channel 48-3 is labeled as CBS2HD, is this just a rerun from the main channel 2 or is this CBS's main channel in the digital world? I never could catch channel 2 with my old on the roof antenna.
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48-3 is a duplicate of WBBM HD, which is normally on RF12. Many antennas cannot pick it up as that is VHF (RF2-13) and needs long elements. Most "Digital" or "HD" antennas are mainly UHF (RF14+) only. WMEU (48) is actually broadcasting on RF32. I believe 48-4 should also be a duplicate of 2-2 Decades.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMEU-CD

Oddly, the loss of the 600MHz band in a few years may help things as antennas can be optimized for the narrower bandwidth left over (from 470-700 to 470-600).

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Its been there since January...its more of an enhance translator

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Sounds like Portland/Poland Spring, ME:

WMTW-TV (ABC) channel 8 Poland Spring...digital VHF channel 8...transmitter in Baldwin, ME
Downtown translator for Portland on UHF channel 26...transmitter on the Time And Temperature Building in Portland, ME

Only difference is that the Maine example is one company's operation, as far as I can tell.
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48-3 is a duplicate of WBBM HD, which is normally on RF12. Many antennas cannot pick it up as that is VHF (RF2-13) and needs long elements. Most "Digital" or "HD" antennas are mainly UHF (RF14+) only. WMEU (48) is actually broadcasting on RF32. I believe 48-4 should also be a duplicate of 2-2 Decades.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMEU-CD

Oddly, the loss of the 600MHz band in a few years may help things as antennas can be optimized for the narrower bandwidth left over (from 470-700 to 470-600).
Thanks for the reply everyone, I think I receive all my local channels now, I'm quite happy.
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Don't know if anyone noticed, 50.3 is back on the air as Light tv.
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Don't know if anyone noticed, 50.3 is back on the air as Light tv.
I just noticed it this morning while scrolling through the channels. Watched part of the Inspector Gadget cartoon.
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WOCH (41-1) has been broadcasting information that it's going to shutdown it's transmitter in August. I don't remember the exact date.

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Does anyone else think 48-1 WMEU's volume sounds too loud?
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Does anyone else think 48-1 WMEU's volume sounds too loud?

22.6 is loud and 22.7 is to the point of being unwatchable.
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WOCH (41-1) has been broadcasting information that it's going to shutdown it's transmitter in August. I don't remember the exact date.
Last time I seen mentioned was Aug 11th. I wonder if WGN might run with Comet's signal?
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Last time I seen mentioned was Aug 11th. I wonder if WGN might run with Comet's signal?
Comet is being shown on 22-4. The picture quality and signal strength doesn't seem to be as good as WOCK. And, there is no PSIP information at all.

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