[opendtv] Re: New PrimeDTV PHD-100 OTA STB

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 12:00:49 -0500

Cliff wrote:

> Yeah, and all the LPTVs and the UHF translaters don't
> count. Nobody watches them anyway.

Seems to me that if LPTV stations did a "flash cut" to
DTT, on 18 Feb 2009 (assuming that holds), they would not
lose many viewers. Because unless someone is only
interested in that one LPTV station, they will have had
to accommodate ATSC by then. For all other TV stations
in their market.

With translators, in theory, there may be cases where a
community's only TV sources are translators. Out in the
boonies somewhere. In that case, it might make sense to
drag out the transition, because frequencies will come
available for an orderly transition of these guys after
the big boys have given back their analog channels.

FCC 04-220 doesn't differentiate between LPTV and
translators in its transition rules, but I think they
could, or should, be different.


--------- FCC 04-220 -----------
17. We conclude that the better, less disruptive,
approach would be for the low power television digital
transition to be completed at some fixed time after the
deadline for full-service television stations.  We
expect that completion of the full-service transition
will result in the return of a sufficient number of
channels to permit most LPTV, TV translator, and Class
A stations an opportunity to operate dual analog and
digital operations for some period of time, thereby
creating an incentive and opportunity for their viewers
to transition to digital service without loss of their
existing analog service.

18. Permitting LPTV, TV translators, and Class A
stations to continue analog operation on a secondary
basis beyond the full-service digital transition
deadline will not in any way slow or otherwise detract
full-service stations' ability to complete the DTV
transition.  Full-service stations will still be
required to return one of their channels on schedule
irrespective of whatever deadline we shall ultimately
set for the low power television and Class A digital
conversion.  In addition, a later digital conversion
for these stations will not adversely affect new
commercial and public safety services in the 700 MHz
band.   As discussed below, all digital TV translator
and LPTV stations will be licensed on a secondary
non-interfering basis to 700 MHz commercial and public
safety licensees.  Thus, there will be no harm to the
new 700 MHz licensees in this band, who will have
primary status.
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