Nashville DTV News

WJNK Broadcasting the Internet

- Posted December 14th, 2021 at 9:48am
I e-mailed someone from ARK Multicasting (the company that owns WJNK-LD). He said they will use WJNK's 3.0 channel as an Internet service. His reply wasn't much just three articles about what his company is doing. So, I am just going to post links to those three articles and let you read them for yourself. I found them very interesting. I thought you might understand it better coming from the article than me trying to explain it. If you do have any questions, just leave a comment or go to the contact page. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.

ARK Multicasting Partners with HPE for Broadcast Internet Network

Fixing the Connectivity Gap through the Power of Datacasting

ARK Multicasting Launches Nation's Largest Broadcast Internet Network

Update 8:50pm: Thanks to xmguy for this fourth link - ARK Multicasting Nears Launch of Massive Broadcast Internet Network

Update #2 8:58pm: Thanks to itgrouch for this link. The following link is an article from May of last year that talks about the FCC voting on whether to allow using 3.0 for broadcasting internet service. - FCC to Vote on Plan to Use ATSC 3.0 for Broadcast Internet


- Posted on December 14th, 2021 at 1:49pm

Here's another link for a story about the FCC vote last year to approve Broadcast Internet. In the article, it says that a ATSC 3.0 station can "...deliver high-speed, 25 Mbps internet services." It doesn't detail how it works, but I can see low power TV stations, like WJNK, making more money by offering Internet service versus traditional OTA broadcasting. We could see the major ATSC 3.0 stations offering Broadcast Internet, as it would be another revenue stream for them, with traditional ad revenue in steady decline.

- Posted on December 14th, 2021 at 8:59pm

Thanks for the link.

- Posted on December 15th, 2021 at 1:58pm

Glad to help.

- Posted on December 14th, 2021 at 10:46pm

You're welcome :) . I don't personally understand WHY they want to have internet via LPTV. Especially when cellular, and land based services offer at least 25 Mbps. I see it being a very expensive and difficult venture on ARK's part.

- Posted on December 15th, 2021 at 1:51pm - Edited

Some people in rural areas cannot get any broadband service for their homes, not even crappy DSL. Some people use prepaid mobile service and have data caps.

- Posted on December 15th, 2021 at 2:06pm - Edited

This would not make much difference since it's an LP station. The signal range would drop off by the time it hit rural areas, where those poor options would be needed the most.

- Posted on December 15th, 2021 at 2:10pm

This is true. However, if the higher power stations in a market offer the service, it would have a bigger reach to rural areas that have zero access to broadband. That's my take on it.

- Posted on December 15th, 2021 at 12:59am

The call letters say it all IMHO…

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