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The FCC Over-the-Air TV Spectrum Auction Ends This Week

Teenager girl with remote control laying down and watching tv eating popcorn.The FCC has been auctioning off parts of the over-the-air TV spectrum for almost a year now. This auction started on May 31, 2016, and is selling off airwaves that had previously been set aside for over-the-air TV stations. Now these spectrums will be allowed to be used for other purposes. (Don’t worry, your local TV station will still be free over the air.)

While the auction will end this week, we won’t find out who won and what stations will be affected until mid-April 2017. At that point the FCC will publicly name the TV stations that will be repackaged to new channel numbers for free over the air TV. We will also find out who won the spectrum and can start finding out what they want to do with it.

Once we find out what channels are affected they will have 39 months (3.25 years) to notify the public of the move to new channel numbers. The only issue many cord cutters will face is being forced to rescan for their local over-the-air TV stations.

We won’t know right away how much broadcasters received from this auction, but we do know the $10 billion reserve was met, so they will get at least $10 billion for this sale.

Source: MultiChannel News

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4 Responses to The FCC Over-the-Air TV Spectrum Auction Ends This Week

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    Bill Eastman March 28, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    One reason to buy an antenna designed for both VHF and UHF. You never know what will happen.

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    HeyRadar March 28, 2017 at 11:02 am #

    Wouldn’t it be cool if the TVs would just periodically rescan.

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    goonierag March 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    There will be channels now on UHF moved to Hi and Low VHF with the repack. So best is to buy a combo antenna. Now me all only channals we get except pbs is on hi and low vhf,real channel not virtual so already had to have a VHF antenna for the uhf pbs built me a mclap 4bay and combined the two antenna’s with a combo splitter/combiner. But the mclap 4bay also picks up vhf high 7-13 fine if antenna not to far away. Once the repack and want to try before you buy buid your self a mcclap 4bay and test with just will take 8 clothes hangers,a piece of pvc and some screws and washers and 2 around 30 inches of solid copper wire for the phaze lines and a little work.Could probably find most stuff laying around so really could cost you nothing for the antenna. Can look up cloth hanger antenna on the tube and find one made on a 2by4 but the mcclap is more percise and better designed. here is the link to building a mcclap antenna.http://m4antenna.eastmasonvilleweather.com/

    P.S. I think the spectrum auction is wrong. The broadcast companies making millions off of spectrum that really don’t belong to the broadcast companies. The spectrum really is suppose to belong to the people, So where is my share of the money,Hell the government could at least force the broadcasters to supply free dongles and converters to the people when the broadcasters move up to atsc 3.0 at least that would be something and actually would speed up the process of the tv stations moveing up. Should be something like the government did with the analog to digital conversion, they supplied the converters,But this time for the broadcasters that sold their spectrum to pay the bill this time..