Today, Tuesday May 26th, is the day that ATSC 3.0 arrives in Vegas. All the current subs on KVCW 33 (RF 29) will depart for KSNV, KLAS, or KTNV). At precisely 10 am the switch will be set in motion and the subs will fly away to other transmitters, while the main net services (KSNV NBC, KLAS CBS, KTNV ABC, and KVBC CW) take up root on RF 29 using ATSC 3,0 techniques and cheat sheets. Without a 3.0 secret decoder RF 29 will look blank. Those of us (most everyone) with old school ATSC 1.0 recievers, we'll be blind to the historic happenings today.
Who will be the first in the Valley to buy a new fangled ATSC 3.0 receiver, or even a digital box?
As the clock struck 10 am, the sub-channels on KVCW 33 went blank as they fled to their new host channels. CW is now being hosted by KTNV-rf 13, My Net TV has moved in with KSNV-rf22, TBD
, THIS, and Comet all are sharing space on KLAS-rf 7. Without a ATSC 3.0 monitor I can not report on the switch to that scheme of broadcasting. So, I assume it went without hiccups. The only glitch, if it can be called that, was the five minute delay of KTNV providing CW service on the facilities with a virtual back to 33.1.
I have to wonder how many big wigs were watching as the switch was thrown, with them bursting into cheers and applause.
Vegas is now officially in the ATSC 3.0 game.