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Today is World Television Day!

Established by the United Nations in 1996, World Television Day celebrates TV as a vital  communications medium  around the globe. TV informs us, entertains us and moves us every day, and is an empowering educational tool all over the world.

In the United States, free, local broadcast television stations across the country provide in-depth local news, emergency updates and the most-watched programming. Whether you’re looking for daily traffic and weather, local and national news or just some time to relax and unwind, local broadcasters are here for you! The future of TV is about preserving this valuable public service for generations and innovating to ensure you can rely on local TV anywhere, anytime.

Learn more about the event and TV’s role around the world at WorldTelevisionDay.tv.

November 21, 2014 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Spectrum Auction Could Impact Broadway, the NFL and Your Favorite News and Entertainment

Here at The Future of TV, we’ve been sharing our concerns that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed plan to auction off broadcast spectrum doesn’t contain enough protection for the services TV viewers rely on. One issue is the failure to preserve spectrum for use by wireless microphones.

Wireless equipment helps local news stations cover breaking stories on scene. These stories – often lifesaving weather or emergency information – come to viewers quickly and seamlessly with current state-of-the-art equipment. These microphones are also used across many other industries, as discussed in this story from NPR. Before current wireless microphones were developed, older equipment:

…used the same band of frequencies as FM radio stations so interference was an issue. It would also drift off of its frequency and cause the PA system to blast the audience with noise. Today’s wireless mics are much more reliable, in part, because many of them use vacant UHF television channels with very little potential for interference. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that around 4 million wireless mics are in use nationwide at everything from kids’ birthday parties to pro sports events.

As NPR shows, issues with these little microphones could cause big problems in the news and entertainment that millions of Americans rely on and impose new costs on businesses across the country. Now, it’s up to the FCC to prevent that harm.

November 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

The Latest Offerings from Mobile TV

More Americans are checking out mobile TV, the service provided by stations that offers viewers the opportunity to watch broadcast TV – local news, weather, sports and favorite broadcast shows – while on the go and with no data streaming charges.

This week, Dyle TV released a new mobile TV product. This new receiver allows for the delivery of Dyle signals to smartphones and tablets without a converter. Previously, viewers had to purchase a dongle to plug into their smartphone or tablet to watch broadcast TV on-the-go.

This new product is a handheld-sized box with an antennae, which picks up the mobile broadcast signal and wirelessly delivers the signal to a device via Dyle’s app. The app is available for free from the iTunes App store.

This is great news for viewers as this new feature will be released during broadcast TV’s popular fall season. Have you tried mobile TV yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

October 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm 2 comments

House Hearing Tackles Spectrum Incentive Auction

On Tuesday, July 23, a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the upcoming auction of broadcast airwaves. Television stations across America were represented by the National Association of Broadcasters foremost spectrum expert, Rick Kaplan, formerly of the Federal Communications Commission.

Kaplan’s testimony outlined broadcasters’  desire to ensure television viewers are not harmed as a result of the airwaves auction. To do this, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is executing the auction, should ensure that viewer impact is a top consideration when the FCC determines which stations will be forced to move when the airwaves are [ML1] reshuffled. The FCC should also ensure that a new spectrum arrangement does not cause interference between TV stations and wireless services. Also, broadcasters are urging the FCC to protect rural viewers that depend on translators to carry their local television signals into their homes.

While urging Congress to provide oversight to ensure TV viewers are not harmed, Kaplan indicated NAB’s support of the auction and stressed “getting it done right is more important than simply getting it done right now.”

To read Rick Kaplan’s testimony in its entirety, please click here.

As the FCC continues to move forward with conducting an auction of the TV airwaves, broadcasters’ main concern continues to be the impact it will have on our TV viewers and ensuring that stations can continue to provide the services, such as emergency updates, news and entertainment, as well as mobile TV, to those who depend on free, local television each day.

July 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

Hundreds of Broadcasters Flock to Washington to Protect TV Viewers

This week, hundreds of broadcasters from across the country are in the nation’s capital to meet with their members of Congress.

This annual call on Congress serves as an opportunity to educate legislators on the issues that impact local stations and their communities.

With nearly 500 broadcasters descending on Capitol Hill, broadcasters are committed to doing everything within their power to ensure that viewers’ access to the news, emergency updates and entertainment they rely on each day is not jeopardized.

Ironically, this week a major snow storm is also hitting the D.C. area, serving as another reminder of the indispensable role local TV and radio stations play in times of weather emergency.

In addition to broadcasters’ lifeline role in providing important information to Americans, broadcasters are discussing the upcoming spectrum incentive auction process with their legislators. Broadcasters are stressing the need for the FCC to adhere to the intent of Congress and ensure that free, local television remains an indispensable service for the American people.

For information on what you can do to keep broadcast TV free and accessible for everyone to enjoy, click here.

March 6, 2013 at 10:09 am 1 comment

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

More Choice for Free – What’s Not to Like?

Now more than ever, people are saying goodbye to their expensive subscription TV service (like cable and satellite) and opting to use new, TV antennas to get dozens of channels, for free. These aren’t your father’s “rabbit ears” either. ImageThese new antennas are sleek and powerful, so put away the tin foil – you won’t need it to get your local news and favorite broadcast network shows, like Nashville, X Factor, Parks and Recreation and The Good Wife!

If you’re considering joining the millions of Americans who are enjoying the best of broadcast television without a monthly fee, there are a few simple steps you will need to take, as outlined on AntennaWeb.org. This site helps you select the best antenna for your needs.

  1. The first thing the site will ask you for is your zip code. Your zip code helps calculate the signal strength and location of all the broadcast stations in your area to determine the type of antenna you need. 
  2. AntennaWeb.org will also ask you for your street address. This information is used to determine whether there are terrain features, nearby trees or tall structures that could affect your television reception.
  3. The last question the site will ask you is where you want to mount your new antenna. This will also determine which antenna will work best for you. The higher you mount your antenna, the better it works (which means even more crystal clear channels for you!)

Using an antenna to get your favorite shows for free may sound retro, but is actually part of the exciting future of broadcast television. With an antenna, viewers are able to enjoy the crystal clear pictures of digital television (often with better picture quality than subscription service delivers), as well as a multitude of subchannels that bring the best of hyperlocal content, such as weather updates, high school sports and foreign language programming, to viewers for free. Some of these additional local channels may not be available on cable or satellite – at any price.

The future of TV is bright, and there are more free broadcast TV services under development today that your same antenna will deliver to your home soon – so stay tuned!

November 19, 2012 at 11:07 am 1 comment

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