Originally Posted by Falcon_77
I have been thinking that while every Full Power station will need to turn off analog on 2/17/09, it only applies for the US based stations does it not? Is Fox 6 in San Diego (XETV) under any obligation to turn off its analog signal?
Not on Feb 18, 2009.
XETV is currently broadcasting on 6 for analog and on 23 for DTV, so I would assume they will keep both if they can. As Mexico isn't scheduled to turn off analog until ~2022, can XETV continue its analog broadcasts until then?
Yes, if that is what the Mexican government says.
Also, XETV has to get permission from the FCC yearly to broadcast FOX. The microwave system that feeds the transmitter has to be US licensed since it radiates from the US side of the border and is under US rules. There is also some kind of Mexican permission has to be secured for that microwave signal to cross the border to a Mexican receive site (fixed point to point). But the on air rules of XETV are Mexican since that is where the transmitter is licensed. It is like the cruise ships. They are owned by American companies but are registered in places like Liberia and are considered sovereign soil of the registered country and so are under that countries laws, not the US.
Of course, the big difference is, the cruise lines do it for tax purposes and the relaxed maritime rules where with XETV, it is just that happens to be where they could put a TV station that servers San Diego.
Are there any other major US network TV stations broadcasting into the US from outside the US?
I was trying to remember off the top of my head (never a good thing to do) and I want to say yes there is one other, but I can't remember where. (edit - you found it!) I thought I heard several years ago that some small US stations along the TX border aired TV Azteca, the Mexican network version, not the version that you see on other US TV stations. Don't know if that was true or not.
XETV has been around for years and I have seen in the trades where they show regular US syndicated programming as well as they have a full news programming slate. Check out http://www.fox6.com
for their very nice website. From their website, here is their full programming line up for today (I see no infomercials listed for the whole day):
12:00a - 12:30a South Park
12:30a - 1:00a South Park
1:00a - 1:30a Reno 911
1:30a - 2:00a Reno 911
5:00a - 5:30a Fox6 News At 5Am
5:30a - 6:00a Fox6 News At 5:30Am
6:00a - 7:00a Fox6 News At 6Am
7:00a - 9:00a Fox In The Morning
9:00a - 10:00a San Diego Living
10:00a - 11:00a 700 Club
11:00a - 11:30a Still Standing
11:30a - 12:00p Still Standing
12:00p - 12:30p Cops
12:30p - 1:00p Cops - Coast To Coast
1:00p - 1:30p Temptation
1:30p - 2:00p Temptation
2:00p - 2:30p Cristina's Court
2:30p - 3:00p Cristina's Court
3:00p - 3:30p Judge David Young
3:30p - 4:00p Judge David Young
4:00p - 4:30p King Of The Hill - Hank's Dirty Laundry (Hank Vehemently Protests When A Video Store Accuses Him Of Not Returning An Adult Film.)
4:30p - 5:00p King Of The Hill - Full Metal Dust Jacket (Peggy Opens Her Own Bookstore, But When She Discovers That Customers Are Nonexistent, She Reluctantly Allows Dale To Sublet Space So He Can Sell Guns)
5:00p - 5:30p Frasier
5:30p - 6:00p Frasier
6:00p - 6:30p That 70'S Show - On With The Show
6:30p - 7:00p That 70'S Show (Double-Run & Weekend)
7:00p - 7:30p The Simpsons - Crook And Ladder
7:30p - 8:00p The Simpsons - Way We Weren't, The (Homer Reveals That Marge Wasn't The First Girl He Ever Kissed, But As He And Marge Recount Their Versions Of Time Spent At A Summer Camp, Homer Realizes He Caused Marge Thirty Years Of Heartbreak.)
8:00p - 9:00p Bones
9:00p - 10:00p House
10:00p - 11:00p Fox6 News At 10Pm
11:00p - 11:30p Seinfeld - The Lip Reader
11:30p - 12:00a Seinfeld - The Note
Edit: It looks like XHRIO - (Fox RIO 2) in Brownsville, TX is in the same boat and that they can both continue analog broadcasts at will.