Originally Posted by dkreichen1968
I'm in the camp of people who believe that conventional multichannel video service is living on borrowed time, and that by 2022 there will be very few people under the age of 60 who still have it.
Yeah, well, if your camp leader starts passing around KoolAid, don't drink it. That stuff's bad for ya...
Originally Posted by Thomas Desmond
I don't see how this ends up freeing even the 80 MHz that McDowell was talking about. ...
But unless they're adjacent to a much larger market, ...
But that's how. There are, for instance, a lot of minor stations on the periphery of the BosWash corridor, in places like Poughkeepsie, Bridgeport, Atlantic City, Allentown, Reading, Hagerstown, etc., that could free a lot of spectrum if they were willing to give up their channel or even just share a channel. In some cases, it might even be easier to clear spectrum if these stations were given significantly higher power shared allocations in the central cities that would include their old coverage area plus much more, just because that would allow better utilization of adjacent channels.
And if the FCC cannot create a new table of allotments that frees up at least channels 38-51 - which would be 78 or 84 MHz depending how you view the current status of channel 51 - for reallocation, with channel 37 doubling as a guard band and a hole for radio astronomy reception, then my guess is the reallocation advocates will go back to Congress for additional authority to impose involuntary channel sharing and so on before proceeding with the repack.
I don't see any of the stations owned by large groups or affiliated with commercially significant networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, The CW, Univision, Telemundo) being inclined to take the money.
Tribune, owner of the CW affiliates in NY, LA, DC, and other major markets, was in bankruptcy not too long ago. I haven't been following the case. Are they out now?