Arizona Broadcasters Association

The Wrap - 8/24/18 - the latest on ATSC, USTN and more

Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:48 PM | Anonymous

The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

Pai Sees ATSC 3.0 Benefits Firsthand In Phoenix 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai described the ongoing trial of ATSC 3.0 as “really exciting” Aug. 19 after a visit to the Univision station in town for a demo of Next-Gen TV. In a video tweeted by Pai, the chairman said Next-Gen TV marries “the best of broadcasting –that one-to-many architecture we’ve known and enjoyed for many years with the Internet.”

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Hawaiian Hurricane Postpones FCC’s Planned DIRS Test

Hurricane Lane, the category five storm bearing down on Hawaii, has led the Federal Communications Commission to scrap a planned dry run of the agency’s Disaster Information Reporting System or “DIRS” until next month. The test scheduled for Thursday and Friday will instead be conducted on Sept. 13. "Due to the possible activation of DIRS for Hurricane Lane in Hawaii, we will be postponing the DIRS exercise,” the FCC announced in an email to broadcasters on Wednesday.

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What Does the Pre-1972 Ruling Mean to You?

It’s been two years since a District Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit against a broadcaster for playing pre-1972 sound recordings. It was ruled that the broadcaster was playing digitized versions of the songs that were created after 1972. This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth Circuit didn’t buy that argument, reversed that decision, and sent the case back for additional hearings. 

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USTN’s Radio Exit Has Broadcasters Scrambling

“Normalized for USTN” has become a new qualifier for radio companies reporting their quarterly results. Both Entercom and Cumulus Media reported Q2 revenues two ways–with the revenue hit they took from USTN included in their numbers, and factoring it out to “normalize” their results.

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