Last Updated: 8/3/2017
Posted on 8/3/2017 at 5:51PM
Big News! Could there be Fox 28 and Independent 17?
You're probably, right now, scratching your head over reading the headline. What I mean by the headline, is that there is an article that came out today, link below, that says 21st Century Fox is in talks with ION Media Group to run all 60 ION owned & operated stations including our very own WNPX 28. The article also says that this deal would pave the way for Fox affiliation to leave Sinclair stations including WZTV 17 in which it says the Fox affiliation agreement with Sinclair stations are up for renewal this year. So now you see where I came up with the headline. I do have to say that this is all in talks and not a done deal. This could all fall through. If this does go through, this will be the first time Fox will not be on WZTV 17 since 1990. Please comment to let me know what you think. That is all the news I have for you right now.
Fox in Talks with ION Media to Operate Local TV Stations
We shall see. If this is the case, all those Sinclair holdouts with cable and satellite companies over the years will really look bad.
If Fox moves to WNPX WZTV could do several things. 1 Go Independent and increase their hours of news. 2 Get the CW from WNAB 3 affiliate with either CBS, NBC, or ABC.
Posted on 8/3/2017 at 4:57PM
Sinclair & Nexstar to do ATSC 3.0 Rollout
Sinclair Broadcast Group (owner of WZTV 17, WUXP 30 and operator of WNAB 58) and Nexstar Media Group (owner of WKRN 2) have made an agreement to rollout a transition for ATSC 3.0. For people who don't know ATSC 3.0, it is the next generation of TV broadcasting. It improves on signal penetration through walls, allows UHD or 4KTV being broadcasted over the air, mobile broadcasting, and much more. What this agreement means, is that let's take WZTV 17 and WKRN 2 for example. WZTV and WKRN will simulcast on each other's channel. Since WKRN has nothing to do for the upcoming spectrum auction and while WZTV will have to change broadcast channels from channel 15 to channel 20, IMO, it looks like the easiest solution is for WZTV to upgrade their equipment for ATSC 3.0 and broadcast both WKRN & WZTV in 3.0 on WZTV's new channel 20 and also broadcast both WZTV & WKRN on WKRN's channel 27. Again, that is just my thinking. I am posting a link to the article below. If you have any other ideas, let me know by commenting below.
Sinclair & Nexstar Team on ATSC 3.0 Launch
Posted on 8/3/2017 at 4:37PM
Scripps Co. Buying Diginets
E.W. Scripps Co. (owner of WTVF NewsChannel 5) has bought four diginets - Bounce, Escape, Grit, and Laff. What this will mean for the networks here in the Nashville market. I don't know. IMO, they(WTVF) will probably add Grit back to the Nashville airwaves after being "shoved off" of WNAB by Sinclair. As for the other networks, who knows. I am posting a link to the article below.
E.W.Scripps Buys Katz Networks
Just read about this. It is indeed good news. Bounce is only on cable, but since it appeals to "urban" audiences, it may be slow to appear OTA. Meanwhile, TBD churns on...
Actually, Bounce already broadcasts over the air on low power WLLC channel 42.
Posted on 7/15/2017 at 12:31AM
Update on the Channel Repack
I have combed the FCC auction filings and have cumulated all of the information for the Nashville TV stations that are affected. There are a few things that will surprise you about some of the TV stations' plans for the repack. There was just too much information to post here. So, I have dedicated a page with all of the information in a nice table. Just click the link below to see it all. I will be keeping it up as new information becomes available. Well, that is all for now.
I hope WJDE will be able to increase power eventually so more people can pick it up. Glad they are moving from downtown anyway.
How soon would we be able to watch these channels start doing their equipment test?
As far as I know, they can't do any of the testing of the new channel until September to October of 2019, then they have to switch to their new channel permanently in the middle of October 2019. Except for WNPT. They will have to wait until Spring 2020.
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