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Rural Viewers Could Lose TV in FCC’s Spectrum Repacking

Here at The Future of TV, we’ve been expressing our concern for some time that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed spectrum repacking could threaten rural TV viewers’ access to their favorite channels. For citizens in tiny Moapa Valley, Nev., that danger is all too real.

The Moapa Valley Progress published a detailed report on their town’s over-the-air TV access. Like many rural areas, Moapa Valley relies on TV translators to help TV signals travel from nearby cities to more remote areas. Without these translators, residents would lose many of their TV channels, robbing them of important news and emergency information, not to mention their favorite shows. The FCC’s proposed auction plan could hamper their district’s ability to provide local TV services.

As the Moapa Valley TV District Board Chairman David Pray said:

I always use the example of the little old lady in Overton. What options does she have? We don’t have cable service available in our area. On a fixed income, she can’t afford to pay the $40-$80 per month for satellite TV. And she is homebound and really relies on our service to get information to her. Without that, she would simply not have television service. That is an example of someone who will be hurt the worst by all of this.

As outlined in the Moapa Valley Progress, the FCC’s spectrum repacking plan could limit the amount of spectrum available to the translators that provide rural TV service and impose costs on local broadcasters and communities all across the country.

If you’re a rural resident concerned about losing TV service because of the FCC’s spectrum auction, speak up. Write, call, tweet or email your members of Congress today and let them know that local TV is important to you. Urge them to carefully monitor the FCC’s actions to ensure you don’t lose the channels you depend on most. 

June 12, 2014 at 11:46 am 4 comments

Broadcasters Give Back During the Holidays

Each holiday season, local broadcasters focus their efforts on bringing their communities together by giving back to those in need. Stations dedicate air time and resources to organize fundraisers, food drives and toy drives to ensure viewers have a happy holiday.

Through this commitment from local broadcasters and the eagerness of our neighbors to give back, thousands of families are able to celebrate the holiday season with presents under the tree, warm clothing or a family dinner.

Local broadcasters – television and radio stations – are among the largest public service contributors, generating more than $10.3 billion in public service activity in a single year.

From Philadelphia TV station WPVI’s Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday Food Drive, which is striving to provide more than 175,000 meals to residents, to Lancaster, Pa., station WGAL’s “Coats for Kids” coat drive and telethon, which raised $229,000, local broadcasters are dedicated to helping the less fortunate in their communities, especially during the holidays.  

Visit your local broadcast TV stations’ website to see what you can do to make a difference this holiday season.

December 21, 2012 at 10:20 am 2 comments

Local Broadcasters Continue to Help with Northeast Relief Efforts after Hurricane Sandy

It has been over a month since Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern seaboard but rebuilding efforts continue, and local broadcasters are doing everything they can to help their local communities and those devastated by the storm.

As Sandy approached, local TV and radio stations provided critical information about the storm path to inform citizens. When the hurricane bore down on the area, other forms of communication failed, but broadcasters were there to provide a lifeline to residents. Now, it is time to rebuild, and once again local stations are pitching in to return normalcy to the area. From fundraisers to food drives, stations are asking their listeners and viewers to donate nonperishable items, clothing and batteries to help their neighbors in need.

To read about their efforts, click here.

December 5, 2012 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Latest Mobile TV Devices Will Bring Your Favorite Content to You Anywhere, Anytime

Wouldn’t it be nice to take your favorite morning show with you on the commute to work – not missing a minute of the breaking news or local weather?

With more than 120 stations across the country broadcasting mobile television signals, the future of TV is here – and it’s mobile. With numerous local broadcast stations transmitting mobile TV signals, and more consumer devices and adapters coming to the market, soon it will be very easy for consumers to get free mobile broadcast television on their laptops, tablets and smartphones. Best of all, the service does not require a data plan or hefty mobile data charges, because the signal is sent for free over-the-air.

Check out our new video that features mobile television providers Dyle mobile TV and the Mobile 500 Alliance demonstrating the devices and adapters built by manufacturers like Samsung and Belkin that run their mobile TV services. Watch the video below to see how you can get your local news, sports, weather, entertainment and lifesaving emergency information anywhere, anytime:

Mobile DTV from NAB Studio on Vimeo.

 

 

June 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm 1 comment

Congress recognizes broadcasters’ ability to reach mass audiences in times of crisis

The beginning of June marked the official start of hurricane season, and once again, local radio and television stations are ready to keep their communities safe and informed wherever and whenever weather emergencies strike.

Ten members of Congress delivered statements on the House floor acknowledging the vital role that broadcasters play during severe weather emergencies by providing early warnings and disaster relief when the unthinkable happens.

The following members delivered statements (view video of members’ statements):

Reps. Gus Bilirakis (FL-09), Hansen Clarke (MI-13), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Billy Long (MO-07), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Ted Poe (TX-02), Laura Richardson (CA-37), David Scott (GA-13), Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Todd Young (IN-09).

In addition, four members submitted statements to the Congressional Record:

Even Federal Emergency Management Association administrator Craig Fugate has acknowledged that broadcast radio and TV is the best way to stay up-to-date on severe weather information when disaster strikes. And broadcasters are now poised to deliver this lifesaving information to Americans on the go.

There are more than 100 TV stations nationwide delivering mobile signals to smartphones and tablets, and several models of smartphones feature broadcast radio. Because broadcast signals are sent “over the air,” even when cell towers are congested or down, local broadcasters are able to reach mass audiences with critical information through smartphones and tablets. Make sure you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you this summer, and don’t forget to tune into your local broadcast stations to get all the information you need to stay safe.

 

June 12, 2012 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Hold onto your hat – hurricane season is on the way

The bad news is that June 1 marks the start of hurricane season. The good news, however, is that you can stay safe by tuning in to your local TV and radio stations to get critical emergency information. And many of you can tune in on the go using your smartphone or tablet, even if power lines are down and cell networks are congested.

How is that possible? More stations than ever before are broadcasting mobile channels. Mobile TV is delivered from your local stations to your mobile device using over-the-air technology, not wireless networks. Not only does that mean you can still receive local emergency information even when cell towers are down, but it also means there are no additional data streaming charges.

Your phone will need to be enabled with a chip – check here to see if your device already has those capabilities built-in. If it is not, consumers in many areas can purchase a USB flash drive-sized mobile TV receiver for their laptop or tablet, like the DTV111 from Coby Electronics. Watch this short video to get a glimpse of how this technology works.

Radio-enabled mobile phones provide another way for consumers to get vital emergency information when storms are looming. Again, even when cell towers are down or congested, radio-enabled phones are able to receive local broadcasts over-the-air, keeping you informed and safe. For a list of radio-enabled phones from major wireless carriers, click here.

Broadcasters take their role as first informers very seriously and local stations around the country are innovating to keep viewers safe and meet your needs of on-demand information.

Remember, when the storms roll in your local broadcasters will help you stay safe and stay informed!

May 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm Leave a comment

The Mobile 500 Alliance to launch new mobile TV service this summer

The annual NAB Show always dazzles attendees with the latest broadcast innovations and gadgets, and this year was no exception.  The growing adoption of mobile television took center stage at this year’s show, with many vendors demonstrating new consumer devices that will hit stores this summer.

We caught up with John Lawson from the Mobile 500 Alliance and asked about his company’s new mobile TV offerings.  The Mobile 500 Alliance service includes 437 individual stations and reaches 94% of the U.S. population.  This summer, it will also be available via an iPhone/iPad app with the purchase of a small adapter, and will include over-the-air mobile TV broadcasts with no monthly fees or hefty mobile data charges.  It even includes DVR functionality to record and pause live TV!

Watch our interview with John Lawson and see a demo of the Mobile 500 service below:

May 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm 1 comment

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