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Which New Fall TV Show Will Be Your Favorite?

School buses are back on the roads and there’s a crispness in the air – although the season doesn’t technically begin until September 22, fall is here!

With a new season comes new broadcast programming to enjoy. Thanks to broadcast TV, football fans have the best seat to cheer on their team. Even better? They can watch the game for free with an antenna.

Americans agree: the best shows are on broadcast! Each week, broadcast TV takes top ratings, with viewers tuning in to watch their favorite broadcast shows. In addition to viewer favorites returning – “Glee,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Big Bang Theory,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Parks and Rec” – a batch of new programs will make their debut in the next few weeks. Click here to see the lineup for this fall on broadcast.

And you don’t have to be home to watch your favorite shows. With mobile television, you can watch your favorite shows on the go. Local stations use TV airwaves to deliver their content to your mobile device wherever you are, so you don’t have to worry about buffering from streaming on the Internet or data charges. Interested in watching these offerings and more without an expensive monthly subscription? Click here to learn more about receiving broadcast channels, free and over-the-air.

Broadcast TV brings you the best content – local news, breaking emergency information and your favorite shows – wherever you are.

What are you most looking forward to watching on broadcast TV this fall?

 

September 12, 2013 at 8:58 am 1 comment

Members of Congress are Standing Up for Rural TV Viewers

More than 22.4 million American households (representing 59.7 million viewers) receive television exclusively through over-the-air broadcast signals – not a pay service such as cable or satellite. These viewers rely solely on free, broadcast TV for their local news, favorite broadcast programs and emergency information. Without broadcast TV, these rural households, which include farmers, ranchers and small rural communities, would be left without a critical lifeline during times of crisis.

From the devastation created by Hurricane Sandy and the tornadoes in Oklahoma earlier this summer, we have seen the vital role broadcasters play in communities, especially in times of tragedy. Time and time again, local TV and radio stations help warn citizens when a weather emergency is approaching and help rebuild after the storm.

But beyond times of danger, many viewers in rural America depend on local TV and radio to learn of important issues that may affect their livelihoods. Farmers and ranchers especially depend on broadcasters for weather information and agriculture news.

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) upcoming first-ever incentive spectrum auction could threaten rural broadcast TV viewers’ access to local channels, because of the low-power stations and TV translators used to deliver broadcast signals. To learn more about how the spectrum auction may impact rural viewers, click here.

Members of Congress realize the importance of broadcast TV in isolated communities that range from mountainous regions to farmland across the country, and are voicing their concerns to the FCC with a letter to Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn. We applaud these members of Congress for recognizing the valuable role broadcast TV plays in rural communities.

August 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm 1 comment

States Recognize Broadcasters’ Important Role as First Informers

Illinois and Nevada state legislatures recently passed legislation that recognizes the important role of local broadcast stations during times of crisis. The new laws, which help broadcasters stay on-air during  emergencies, reinforce that local radio and TV stations are often the only place to turn for critical information during difficult times.

First informer laws ensure individual broadcasters (key personnel such as a news anchor or cameraman) have transportation to their stations as well as the equipment needed to stay on the air to relay critical information to their communities (fuel and back-up generators). Joining Illinois and Nevada, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are the most recent states to take action to get first informers legislation passed. It is broadcasters’ hope that more states follow suit so stations can continue providing a vital lifeline for viewers and listeners.

Indeed, from the recent snow storm in New England to Hurricane Sandy, broadcasters are who communities turn to in  times of crisis. As the New Jersey Broadcasters Association’s Paul Rotella said: “No one gets the word out like free, over-the-air broadcasters.”

Wally Babbidge, station manager at WHLT in Hattiesburg-Laurel, Miss., received an email from a parent saying he was able to reach his son in time to take cover before the tornado touched down thanks to the station’s work. After the tornado, the station delivered the community information from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and informed volunteers where the Salvation Army would be serving food for those impacted by the tornado. Babbidge says that broadcasters are, “the pulse of the community when it comes to providing information people need to know about life-threatening situations.”

Tell us, do you think your state should adopt a first informer law for your local broadcasters?

February 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm 1 comment


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