NBC Boston info
Wed Nov 2 00:04:55 EDT 2016
No signal on 32 or 46 here in Northborough. All the other Boston
stations, and a couple in Rhode Island, are fine.
On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 9:47 PM, Scott Fybush <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 11/1/2016 9:36 PM, Garrett Wollman wrote:
>> <<On Tue, 1 Nov 2016 21:30:42 -0400, Scott Fybush <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> There are rules for that, and my read of those rules is that:
>> (a) Because WTMU/WBTS was on analog 32, it should be virtual 32
>> Except that they haven't been on analog 32 in a long time: they were
>> on analog 46, under STA, before flash-cutting to digital when NBC
>> offered to pay for it. My read of the filings is that they never
>> intended to build this digital facility, and were just waiting for the
>> auction proceeds.
> I don't see a loophole in the rules for "they haven't been on analog xx
> for a long time" or for "they used this channel under STA"; the procedure
> under the A/51 standard, as incorporated into FCC rules, simply looks at
> "what was the analog channel assignment pre-transition?"
> And the fact remains that "32" is an available major channel number in
> both the Boston DMA and all adjoining DMAs, so it really was the logical
> place for WTMU/WBTS to go, at least until Comcast's lawyers got involved.
> (I do not understand AT ALL why Comcast didn't then shuffle its lineups so
> that NBC Boston would be 8 both OTA and on cable. That puzzles me. The
> local access channels could easily have shifted from 8 to 10 without any
> regulatory problems, at least AIUI.)
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