ATSC 3.0 in Austin, Texas

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Re: ATSC 3.0 in Austin, Texas

Post by jasonl »

The ATSC 3 station (KBVO-CD) is already running at the maximum power allowed for a Class A station (the kind of broadcast license they have). They can't do anything else to improve their coverage either as there is another station on the same channel in San Antonio, and the coverage areas for the two stations nearly touch as it is.

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Re: ATSC 3.0 in Austin, Texas

Post by vccowan »

Do the other networks plan to broadcast on their own frequencies or will they continue to use KBVO-CD, what about KTBC?

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Re: ATSC 3.0 in Austin, Texas

Post by signcarver »

Stations are required to keep their atsc 1.0 signal (streams) active for at least 5 years so it is very hard to convert their own station for at least that amount of time as they would need to have someone else broadcast their streams in 1.0. Often just getting the one station in and its programming on another station can be problematic including lowering quality such as a 1080i network broadcast as 720p. Ideally during this 5 year period 2 stations in a market get converted with each moving their hd channel to one of the other stations they intend to carry and their subchannels divided amongst the other 2-3 stations they intend to carry.

After the 5 years it will be interesting to see how many choose to make the switch on their own, and if it will be slow with one or 2 additional stations acting as such lighthouses while improving quality and bringing more subchannels to atsc 3.0 (possibly in hd) or if several stations in the market choose to go it alone.

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