March 13, 2017
The FCC has concluded its spectrum auction, and although the winning bids generated only about ¼ of what was expected, plenty of TV stations will be moving to new channels.
But there’s a catch. And you probably won’t be happy when you hear about it.
Currently, the majority of TV stations broadcast in the UHF television spectrum from channels 14 to 51. Another smaller block of stations use the high band VHF channels (7 through 13) while fewer than 50 stations transmit on low band VHF channels (2 through 6).
That is certainly going to change, as it appears all UHF TV channels above 37 will be re-allocated for a variety of services, including Wi-Fi, mobile phones, and a bunch of other “white space” operations. There may even be a few TV stations still mixed in with these services, and we won’t know how broadcasters will be re-packed until early April.
Finding new channels for broadcasters who gave up their channels in return for some nice cash will be a pain in the ..Read more