FCC To Allow WVUE To Return To UHF Digital Channel
New Orleans station has had continuing problems with its assigned VHF channel since DTV transition
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/18/2009 3:12:32 PM
WVUE had requested the change after saying it had recieved thousands of calls from viewers who said they could not receive the station's digital signal.
The FCC has allowed some stations to boost power, but in the case of WLS Chicago even that was not enough to solve the problem, and the FCC last week also tentatively granted it a move to a UHF channel. WVUE says it does not have that powering-up option since a power boost could cause interference to an adjacent-channel station in Baton Rouge, LA.
The FCC also allows stations to work out power adjustments among themselves then present them to the commission, but WVUE owner Louisiana Media said that moving to its pre-transition channel would ensure that "all of the station’s former analog and pretransition digital viewers will once again receive service from the station."
The FCC has proposed allowing the move, and has given interested parties 25 days to weigh in, just as it has with WLS and other channel moves as it continues what it calls a mop-up operation following the June 12 transition to digital.
Eric, I've said it many times.....If you can't get even a single station at three miles from the towers, there is something else wrong besides "stupid broadcasters and a failed technology". Call the FCC and volunteer your situation for some testing.
Ken English - 8/22/2009 9:50:53 AM EDT
Let's see I live in Chicago, where I got 16 analog TV stations and ZERO digital TV stations. I wrote, the FCC, I wrote each station, I wrote my alderman, the mayor of Chicago, my Congressman and both my Senators, one of which was Obama. I told them there was a problem and this was in July of 2008. I got ZERO responses. Not one of these people even bothered to send me a form letter. So TV stations don't care about it, politicians don't care about getting TV to people. The bottom line is this, unless you're a Nielen family you don't count. So who cares about you. Whether or not I can't get TV is of no difference to Nielsen because I'm not in their survey. It makes no difference to the TV station because they sell ad revenue based on those Nielen ratings not on actual viewers. Politicans don't care period because they can sell those frequencies on analog TV ot others. No TV for poor people who can't afford cable, MORE cell phones for rich people. Since it's obviously MORE important for people to have yet even more cell phones and wireless Internet than it is for a person to be able to watch TV that is why you have issues. Why didn't the FCC close analog market by markets. Start with NYC and close it down. Find the issues then ONLY after those issues are resolved, move to the next market Los Angles. I guess that is too easy, would save too much money and 'cause the least distruption.
Eric Post - 8/19/2009 2:17:48 PM EDT
Perhaps the FCC should "take over" the WVUE VHF channel for a while, and do some serious experimenting and field testing.
Same for some of the other markets where they are having problems.
Ken English - 8/19/2009 11:03:49 AM EDT
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