Originally Posted by whosbest1
Not sure which Google news article you're quoting from, a bunch come up in a search.
Sorry, the first one: http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/2...ctrum-auctions
There have been proposals floating around that would reduce total spectrum for the broadcasters significantly. One would limit them to just one SD station each. I think that's the sort of thing they're getting at, not channel width. Yeah, I think the broadcasters want enough spectrum to continue HD, multicasting and mobile DTV.
I think you mean one DTV station each, not SD. In Madison, each of the stations have a separate owner, so that isn't an issue. If, for example, WMTV and WKOW had a single owner and the owner was forced to go to a single channel, that would mean one of the networks would lose out, since one of them would be reduced to a SD subchannel. OR worse yet, both would lose out if management decided to put both networks on the single channel in HD (just ask how that is working out with ABC O&Os).
Congress, IMHO, are stupid when it comes to stuff like this. Oh wait, it isn't just this kinda stuff.
They may propose 2 channels in the future, but I don't know how that would work, or if it could.
The virtual channel assignments would take care of that.
What do you think should be done? Get rid of all subchannels?
Bingo! If you have HD, you do nothing else.