FCC eyes 150mHz of TV spectrum
I am curious as to where they expect to get that spectrum. Originally, TV channels went out to 83, The upper channels went to 800 MHz cell and mobile use. which made the upper TV channel 69. And now with the DTV conversion, and last year's FCC auction, the upper TV channel is now 52. So then, where is that spectrum supposed to come from????
Broadcast engineers have already recognized that the low VHF channels (2-6) are not DTV friendly, and that even the other VHF channels (7-13) have some issues. It seems that DTV is at its best when it is on a UHF channel. I personally think that the FCC should have recognized that DTV was not going to work on low VHF channels, and assign channels 2, 3 and 4 for low power analog translators. And then, there are a few people that would like to see channels 5 and 6 used to expand the FM band. That opportunity has been lost.
Now, as I understand it, in the US, a DTV channel can broadcast multiple (supposedly up to 6) separate programs. Not of all that capability is utilized as my own local area exemplifies.
For example, in my area, there are 14 separate OTA (over the air) stations, two of them I have difficulty getting a stable signal, and that is a consequence of my antenna limitations (cheap bastard landlord).So, of those stations that I can receive (12):
3 stations (two of them PBS by the way) deliver 4 distinct programs on their associated channel;
1 station delivers 3 distinct programs over its channel;
3 stations deliver two distinct programs on each of their channels;
2* stations that deliver the same program (one HD and one SD stream) on their channel;
and 3 stations deliver only ONE program over their channel.
Does the FCC plan to make some of these broadcasters either offer additional programming; or force a single program delivering station to vacate its channel and share one of the other channels??? (I can just hear the 'wailing and gnashing of teeth' if some GM gets a letter that says that he HAS to accommodate A COMPETITOR ON HIS CHANNEL.) Do they expect to move analog translators out of the UHF band, and move stations around??? I know that the broadcasters will scream like hell if they have to expend any more money out of their pockets to make changes to their transmitters and antennas AGAIN. So, again, I must ask, wher does the FCC expect to get this spectrum???????
* One of these stations recently shut off its SD stream, and now joins the ranks of a single program per channel.