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Repack Phase Zero? You Could Be In Trouble

TVNewsCheck.com reports that by now, most broadcasters should be quite familiar with the FCC’s 10 phases for repacking television spectrum. Karl Voss, chief engineer of KAET Phoenix, says they better get up to speed fast on what he calls “Phase Zero” — any channel in 600 MHz or above that is not protected.

Many TV broadcasters have an unpleasant reality in store for them as the spectrum repack gains momentum — one that may take some by surprise, says Karl Voss, chief engineer at noncommercial KAET Phoenix and the SBE/NFL frequency coordinator.

The reality is many broadcasters belong to a transition period Voss likes to call Phase Zero — a term he has coined for those using unprotected channels regardless of their primary or secondary broadcast service status.

“Phase Zero is any channel in 600 MHz or above that is not a protected channel,” he says.

While the repack rules protect about 1,000 U.S. Class A and full-power TV stations, allowing them to continue transmitting their signals to viewers on a new channel assignment and reimbursing at least a part of the expense involved in moving channels, that’s only one part of the story, Voss says.

“If that channel doesn’t have a protected user on it, meaning low-powers, TV translators and wireless microphones, it’s vulnerable,” he says.

That means even full-power and Class A stations must be ready with alternatives to replace wireless mics, intercoms, IFBs, in-ear talent monitors and other equipment that today operate in the 600 MHz band. And they must do so posthaste.

“Many vendors have been telling everybody not to worry about wireless mics,” says Voss. “They say: ‘You won’t have to get off your channels till 2020 at the end of the transition.’ But that’s simply not true.”

Unlike before the auction when broadcasters had two UHF channels reserved in each market for wireless mics, once a wireless carrier moves into its newly acquired spectrum — perhaps onto unprotected channels used by wireless mics — broadcasters must vacate.

That can happen well before the end dates assigned to each of the FCC’s 10 repack phases, and Voss is concerned this will take many broadcasters by surprise.

“I think the wireless mic folks are in for a big challenge because everybody had this idea that there would be this semi-orderly transition based on the phases. That’s not the case.”

Read the complete story at http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/104935/repack-phase-zero-you-could-be-in-trouble?

DTV Audio Group at NAB 2017

In his opening remarks at the DTV Audio Group’s “Advanced Audio Production and Distribution Seminar” at this year’s NAB Show, Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTVAG, noted that audio and video IP networking has suddenly become a reality for broadcast production and distribution. After several years during which the adoption of IP transports always seemed to […]

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NAB 2017: Audio Keeps Up With a Healthy Broadcast Industry

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DTV Audio Group at NAB 2017

Advanced Audio Production and Distribution Seminar Sunday, April 23 at the Alexis Park Hotel in Las Vegas The DTV Audio Group, in association with the Sports Video Group, invites you to attend the 2017 DTVAG@NAB Advanced Television Audio Forum. The forum will be held from 12pm to 6 pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017, and […]

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SVG Summit: DTV Audio Group Looks at Past, Present, Future

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DTV Audio Group at SVG Summit: Audio Production and Distribution Workshop

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DTV Audio Group’s AES Conclave Focuses on Hollywood

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AES Produce Preliminary Loudness Guidelines For Online Television And Video Content Delivery Services

Pro-tools-expert.com reports that early in 2016 the Audio Engineering Society set up the Audio Guidelines for Over the Top Television and Video Streaming (AGOTTVS) technical group to study the many issues related to audio loudness variations in distributed video content. After four-and-a-half months of work by 50 members, the group has announced the publication of […]

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Registration Now Open for 2016 SVG Summit, Dec. 12-13 in New York City

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NAB 2016: DTV Audio Group Annual Meet Drills Down on IP

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2016 DTV Audio Production and Distribution Seminar at the NAB Show

The DTV Audio Group, in association with the SVG, invites you to attend the 2016 DTV Audio Production and Distribution Seminar at NAB. Registration for this free-of-charge event is now open, and all members of the digital television audio community are invited to attend. Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016 Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location: […]

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SVG Summit: DTV Audio Group Talks Objects, IP

By Dan Daley, Audio Editor, Sports Video Group Picking up near where it left off during its conclave at the AES Show in October, the DTV Audio Group’s Audio Production and Distribution Workshop on Dec. 14 during the SVG Summit continued a conversation on object-based audio and the workflows around IP transport of audio. DTV […]

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