NBC Boston info

Kevin Vahey kvahey@gmail.com
Sat Nov 5 22:21:02 EDT 2016

NBC is treating WBTS-LD as the main transmitter and it will scan as 8.1.
They paid a whopping $100K for it.

NBC is citing that only 3.7 of the market watches OTA which I don't believe
for a second.


In any event the signal issue doesn't seem to bother them. If they follow
what they have done in Connecticut and San Jose they will never mention a
channel number on the air and just brand as NBC Boston. I guess print
listings will say Channel 8.

I was told that Comcast thought about putting WBTS on 808 but Ansin would
have made a stink as WLVI lives there for now until we see how the auction
plays out.

The harsh reality is NBC will become a cable station as of Jan 1. They have
written off the south shore completely for OTA and Metrowest looks spotty
at best.

On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 2:38 PM, Paul Anderson <paulranderson@charter.net>

> On Nov 2, 2016, at 12:43 AM, Kevin Vahey <kvahey@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Exactly. NBC has most of the cable operators on board, Charter in
> Worcester
> > is the only one to be balking as they carry WJAR anyways.
> Charter carries WJAR on channel 10 in SD.  They don’t carry it in HD at
> all.
> I still don’t understand how NBC/Comcast can just pick a virtual channel
> number out of a hat.
> And will WNEU broadcast NBC Boston with virtual channel 8.2 and not 60.2?
> Really?  Can stations have their sub channels on a different virtual
> channel number than their main channel?
> And Telemundo will continue on 60.1?
> And how will the newspapers show NBC Boston?  Channel 8, I assume.
> Paul

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