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CTIA Determines 2 TV Stations Can Share a Single Channel

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Mar 28, 2014, 9:25 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The CTIA Wireless Association has published the results of a field study that verified two television stations can in fact broadcast their content in a single slice of spectrum. The test was kicked off earlier this year in Los Angeles, where two TV stations agreed to perform the trial. The stations tested sending a variety of HD and SD streams and determined that they could send two HD and two SD streams through one channel without affecting the quality of their content. This was made possible by the use of the most modern compression techniques. The findings are significant because the Federal Communications Commission hopes to convince TV stations to give up their spectrum in a reverse auction planned for next year. The spectrum will in turn be sold to wireless network operators and used for mobile broadband.

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Mar 28, 2014, 1:20 PM

Who will fall for this?

What stations will jump at the chance to sell their spectrum in the hopes that they might possibly be able to share with another station? The only station that would would have to be struggling in the first place and a change in channel would result in an even greater drop in viewers.
Good idea really..
I predict that you'll see stations do this as a way to exit the market. A struggling station would sell back their channel, ostensibly to participate in channel-sharing with another station, but then that sharing wouldn't happen, or it would only occ...
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