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post #1 of 151 (permalink) Old 2010-08-30, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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U.S. DTV Minor Networks (TCN, Antenna TV, Cool TV, MHz, etc.)

Here is a link to the article. Its called Antenna Tv.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...st_Network.php
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post #2 of 151 (permalink) Old 2010-08-30, 07:26 PM
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Hmmmm. Basically another "RTV".

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Another RTV but with Sony owned programs. There won't be any duplication between the 2 networks.
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Any new OTA channel is good- but this one is offering some half decent re-runs that used to be on regular channels years ago- the Stooges are timeless- it'll be fun watching with the kids.
Not your quality educational TV- but funny- yuk-yuk-yuk...

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Tribune has nothing close to our Southern Ontario viewing area. The closest would be Chicago.

Hopefully when our Canuck Stations get their act in gear, they'll add some multi-channel options as there are now so many sub-channel syndicates available to choose from.

I for one would be happy to give up on HD quality for better quantity in SD/ED viewing choices.

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This is not just for Tribune owned stations. You never know, one of the Buf's could pick it up.
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post #7 of 151 (permalink) Old 2010-09-01, 08:23 AM
 
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This is not just for Tribune owned stations. You never know, one of the Buf's could pick it up.
They could but oddly enough only WGRZ and PBS have really shown any zest for sub channels (since Ion seems to be run via remote from HQ).

Considering the vast Canadian market the buffnet's could access I'm not sure why 4/23, 7 and 23/49 haven't jumped into the game.

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I'm not sure why 4/23, 7 and 23/49 haven't jumped into the game
Cost/Benefit analyses are routinely, incessantly done in the TV broadcasting game, especially in regards to advertising $$$, so I'm sure they just haven't seen a business case for taking on any of the sub-channel providers.

In a way this is a possible opening for low-overhead LD stations to take to the air with 2 or 3 of the second and third rate providers as their sole programming.
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WANN TV in Georgia has done this. Is that what you mean? They have 10 SD480i channels plus 10 radio stations on one frequency.
http://www.wanntv.com/

I'm thinking that adding 1 sub may not be cost/revenue effective, whereas 10 subs would average out the overall profit margin revenues to the favour of the carrier. Somewhat like the game that casinos rely on to ensure profits in their favour.

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Yep, there's a station in LA that does that as well. I'm not saying it would work in every market, but if the expenses are lower than the advertising revenues it may be possible for LD stations to make a go of it running several 2nd or 3rd rate networks on sub-channels as their only programming.

While the first notion we think of with LD stations is moldy oldie reruns of American hits, there is a much bigger strategic audience available as well, particularly in areas of Canada with large ethnic communities. For example, in the B.C. Lower Mainland an LD station with 24 hour sub-channels in Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Filipino, and Persian would probably do well if a CRTC license could be worked out. If not, a border station on U.S. soil doing the same thing but aimed at Canada might be the fall back plan.

So, while sub-channel 1 might be showing Street Legal or The Andy Griffith Show, number 2 might be addressing an ethnic community, number 3 another, number 4 showing a kids show, etc. etc.

If a CRTC license for such a station is not going to happen, just find some U.S. partners and set up on the border.

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I haven't seen Sanford and Son or Partridge Family in ages. Also Maude since some first-run episodes way back. I don't think it ever ran in syndie.

From what I've read elsewhere, they won't show any infomercials. Let's see how long that lasts.
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I wonder if this could be what WNGS is waiting for, and they could be working out a deal with Tribune to broadcast AntennaTV in the Buffalo area?

Would be sweet to get another channel

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I'd sure like to know how WANN is able to broadcast so many Audio/Video channels without horrendous Picture Quality, and I am keeping in mind that they don't air anything in HD.
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Variable bitrates

The bandwidth could have to be rationed on a "best $$$ earner gets the best picture quality" basis since the bandwidth can be configured to bias certain key money-making stations at the expense of PQ on some of the others. Variable bitrates are usually used for that, as they allow fairly static channels to consume less of the bandwidth at any given time. For example, while a car chase is happening on The Rockford Files that sub-channel's portion jumps, while a sub-channel carrying a studio-desk interview and a sub-channel carrying the weather in Portuguese are reduced.

I don't know if WANN uses variable bitrates on some or all of those sub-channels, as it is possible that they simply preset a portion of bandwidth for each.
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Thinking back to the innovative days of cable TV [60's/70's] could they be using 320i SD for all video channels and the 10 radio are slotted in the space between each subchannel? The radio freqs should not interfere with the TV freqs? The way Wann lists those radio freqs is 32.2x as if their using the entire psip.2 slot for all radio?

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