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U.S. corporate television licensees have no use for many of the digital channels that they got (free) from the U.S.!
Meanwwhile, our important noncommercial alternative community broadcasting needs have no channel space and no tv budgets!


Organize a demand for fully subsidized community use of some of the free broadcast television channels
that local broadcast companies are otherwise just commercializing, trivializing, and suppressing!


(October 2008: 'Under construction.' This site's content, features, and style are in early stages of development.)


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Background.



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Help organize around this important issue for our future communications capabilities. Help invite the participation of many organizations with television resources and needs. And start thinking about strategies for targeting local broadcast licensees for channel time and production support.

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There are presently 18 standardized television signal formats that all digital televisons and dtv converter boxes sold in the U.S. must by law be able to handle, and for which the devices must give appropriate channel numbers. (Technological advances have already produced more efficient formats that could be added.) The formats are of 3 types.

  • SDTV. "Standard Definition Television." Takes 1/6 of the 19.2 Mbits/sec usable in a station's 6 MHz licensed spectrum space. Compares to the picture and sound quality of today's normal non-dtv broadcasts.
  • EDTV. "Enhanced Definition Television." May take 2/6? of a station's licensed spectrum use. Better dtv resolution and/or smoother motion.
  • HDTV. "High Definition Television." May take 2? or 3 or 4 or 5 sixths of a station's licensed spectrum use. The best dtv resolution and/or smoothness of motion. Most inexpensive TV sets do not have HDTV screen displays for HDTV channel....
    • 1080i HDTV. More pixels per frame. Most major networks are settling on 1080i for all their HDTV.
    • 720p HDTV. Fewer pixels per frame but more frames per second, better for fast motion, sports. ABC, FOX, and ESPN are settling on 720p for all their HDTV. Less resolution, but smoother action than 1080i.

So, some possible combinations that a broadcaster can choose at any time are (with higher definition channels placed first here and no unused space except for possible program guides and data channels.):
  • 6 channels -- .1, .2, .3, .4. .5, .6, .... with '.0' being used to refer to the licensee's analog broadcast channel, which will be turned off in February.: SDTV, SDTV, SDTV, SDTV, SDTV, SDTV.
  • 4 channels: HDTV720p, SDTV, SDTV, SDTV, data services.
  • --- Corrections and clarifications forthcoming as Megabits/sec demands are learned for the following ---
  • 5 channels: EDTV, SDTV, SDTV, SDTV, SDTV.
  • 4 channels: EDTV, EDTV, SDTV, SDTV.
  • 4 channels: HDTV, SDTV, SDTV, SDTV.
  • 3 channels: EDTV, EDTV, EDTV.
  • 3 channels: HDTV, EDTV, SDTV.
  • 2 channels: HDTV, HDTV.
  • 1 channel: HDTV1080i.

Chicago Broadcast Television Channel Usage, 9/06/2008. Chart under development to show how any channel can use its license anytime for 6 simultaneous standard television programs or other configurations), with more simultaneous television programs someday as technology advances. There will also be many innovative data channels uses, with more data channel uses as technology advances.

A partial chart might use as examples Chicago’s 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 20, 32, at 8:00 p.m.

Each licensee is guaranteed exclusive use of local U.S. broadcast spectrum space which can be used as six traditional full-quality tv channels or combined for higher definition channels.

Key: Orange: Corporate TV content will use the main channel, with possibly more spectrum for one of three higher definitions. Black: Many companies will have trivial space-holder uses for one or more channels worth of spectrum, some keeping usable space ’dark’ (off air, unused). Brown: Additional units of channel spectrum will be used by the licensee’s main channel when it boadcasts at one of the three ’high definition’ resolutions. Silver: A standard definition duplicative (with the same corporate TV content) digital broadcast may be done simultaneously with higher definition broadcasts, to reach viewers with digital TVs that are not capable of the higher definitions.

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Digital TV -- An Organizing Opportunity

With the coming of digital TV, there are many more channels. These new channels exist now, accessible on many TVs already, and on every TV that works after February 2009.

These are real broadcast television channels. They are on every new TV remote control. They are not just for cable and satellite subscribers. A main digital channel and spectrum space for 5 more full-quality channels were automatically given absolutely free to every company that already enjoys a U.S. license to broadcast current nondigital TV.

But almost all of the companies will keep one or more of their channel spaces dark (off air) for the foreseeable future!

They have few profitable ideas developed yet, and they plan to keep the channels from other users in the meanwhile. We can imagine the companies would eventually use many of the channels for endless ads, extended badly-produced infomercials of every sort, paid religion, reruns, weathercams, imported reruns, trafficcams, webcams, policecams, homelandsecuritycams, lesser movies, teletext slideshows, rerun reruns, interactive home shopping, and more new creative profit-driven ideas.

The community today has an historic opportunity to organize a demand to take the extra channels.

Many groups are very sophisticated at identifying their media needs. Some have sizeable video archives, and production skills, and resources, and boundless ideas. And many of us know how to find professional organizers and to form effective action coalitions.

In the short run, General Electric or Chicago City Colleges or Fox might fight off a public outcry for taking away their unused channels. They can offer big blocks of broadcast time and generous assistance.

But in the longer run, we will easily program multiple channels ourselves, with shows we have already created or found or will create. Including shows not likely to be welcome on commercial corporate TV. We will have every possible kind of show, ranging from news analysis and simple YouTube-like news releases, to talk shows, to documentaries, to dramas, to reality shows, to material from far places, to our own great demonstrations. And we will rerun much or it many times, to reach more people.

Below is a layout for placing shows on channels. An 8-hour block might repeat 3 times to reach more people.

Wed. Sept. 1, 2008 Betty Wilson
Start Length Production Site Review Reviewer Misc.
6:00 a.m. 0:15:00 Peace Meditation. zzz good. John Smith ...
7:00 a.m. 0:60:00 News readings and call-ins. zzz good. John Smith ...
8:00 a.m. 0:60:00 Interview of the Day. zzz good. John Smith ...
9:00 a.m. 0:60:00 Community group presentation. zzz good. John Smith ...
10:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
11:00 a.m. 0:60:00 News readings and call-ins. zzz good. John Smith ...
12:00 p.m. 0:60:00 Community group presentation. zzz good. John Smith ...
1:00 p.m. 0:60:00 Community group presentation. zzz good. John Smith ...
2:00 p.m. 8:00:00 As 6 am - 2 pm. zzz good. John Smith ...
10:00 p.m. 8:00:00 As 6 am - 2 pm. zzz good. John Smith ...

Wed. Sept. 1, 2008 Paul Black
Start Length Production Site Review Reviewer Misc.
6:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
7:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
8:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
9:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
10:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
11:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
12:00 p.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
1:00 p.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
2:00 p.m. 8:00:00 As 6 am - 2 pm. zzz good. John Smith ...
10:00 p.m. 8:00:00 As 6 am - 2 pm. zzz good. John Smith ...

Wed. Sept. 1, 2008 George White
Start Length Production Site Review Reviewer Misc.
6:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
7:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
8:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
9:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
10:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
11:00 a.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
12:00 p.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
1:00 p.m. 0:60:00 My show. zzz good. John Smith ...
2:00 p.m. 8:00:00 As 6 am - 2 pm. zzz good. John Smith ...
10:00 p.m. 8:00:00 As 6 am - 2 pm. zzz good. John Smith ...




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