Digital TV Channels?

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I keep seeing commercials for new TV shows "on Digital Channel 3.2" or "Digital channel 6.3". What on earth does that mean? How do I find those channels? I have a Cox tuner box but those numbers are confusing me.

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John Wiley Feb 04, 2019 01:23 PM
Digital TV Channels?

KEYT is still off air after several days. Anyone know what's up?

a-1558948151 Feb 04, 2019 02:50 PM
Digital TV Channels?

Yes. https://www.keyt.com/news/santa-barbara-s-county/power-issue-at-broadcast-peak-knocks-keyt-transmitter-off-air/1000148729

EastBeach Feb 03, 2019 06:38 PM
Digital TV Channels?

More here about SB being the first small market to deploy ATSC 3.0. ....... https://www.atsc.org/newsletter/road-to-atsc-3-0-spotlight-santa-barbara/ ....... Interestingly, the owners of KEYT (New Press & Gazette Company) have a seat on the board of directors for the ATSC standards consortium ........ https://www.atsc.org/about-us/board-of-directors/ ...... too early to know if this will be a victory for consumers but the bootstrap signal and return signal have some interesting potential for good and evil (latter if people like the FCC's Ajit Pai stay in power).

rodneyck Feb 03, 2019 04:40 PM
Digital TV Channels?

Yes, SB was the first in the US to test ATSC 3.0. You have to buy a new TV that supports ATSC 3.0 or a ATSC 3.0 turner receiver box to plug into your existing TV to receive those two channels. It is suppose to roll out slowly across the US and be available for all in 2020, meaning all stations will either transition or have equivalent 3.0 channels in 2020.

John Wiley Feb 03, 2019 05:37 PM
Digital TV Channels?

ATSC 3 is about ads and viewer tracking features for broadcasters, to help them compete with streaming (Roku, etc.). It also encourages stations to share transmitters - presumably why we're now seeing red announcement banners on PBS broadcasts here that we need to re-scan channels on our TVs in a few days. I can find no ATSC 3 tuner boxes sold in the U.S. and last I saw the one in Korea was >$1k. As for CBS vanishing from KEYT's downtown low power repeater broadcast, it's apparently about KEYT's 3.0 transition. It may be on air in 3.0 but nobody can watch that unless they have a 3.0 TV (are any sold here yet?). Details on 3.0 are available in the wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATSC_3.0#U.S._deployment - along with plenty of tech detail of course. In essence: "stations that choose to deploy ATSC 3.0 services must continue to maintain an ATSC-compatible signal that is 'substantially similar' in programming to their ATSC 3.0 signal ... and covers the station's entire community ... for at least five years; permission from the FCC must be obtained before a full-power station can shut down its [current 1.0] ATSC signal, but low-power stations are exempt... ATSC 1.0 signals will still be subject to mandatory carriage rules for television providers during the five-year simulcasting mandate; the FCC stated that voluntary carriage of 3.0 signals by television providers would be left to the marketplace. The order does require stations to provide sufficient on-air notice about transitions to ATSC 3.0 services.[53] The FCC will not allocate a second channel to each broadcaster to enable a gradual consumer transition. Instead, it has been suggested that multiple broadcasters in each market cooperate by locating multiple degraded ATSC 1.0 services on a single transmitter. At the same time, the broadcasters would share the remaining transmitters for ATSC 3.0 transmissions. After sufficient consumer adoption, ATSC 1.0 transmissions would be abandoned, allowing stations to return to operation on their owned transmitters.

cegarbage Oct 16, 2018 07:23 PM
Digital TV Channels?

Anyone notice CBS/FOX got dropped because of ATSC 3.0?

ginger1 Jun 22, 2017 01:18 PM
Digital TV Channels?

It's not clear where you saw that but there are 20 over-the-air antenna accessible digital channels in SB. All you need is an outdoor antenna to get the majority of them and a simple, cheap indoor antenna will get many. For free. Depends upon your location. The easy-to-receive are: 3.1 KEYT/ABC, 3.2 MyTV (oldies) 6.1 KSBY/NBC, 6.2 CW,, 17.1KCOY/CBS, 17.2 FOX, 50.1,2,3 PBS SoCal. There are also a half dozen Spanish language channels including Univision 38.1 Additionally, again depending upon where you are, there are a number of Chinese, Japanese and Korean channels and KCET LA sometimes works on 26.1 or 28.1. All for free. Most in true HD. Need HBO or Netflix and other pay services? You can watch those on your computer or TV with a Roku, Fire or Apple TV box for 10 or so bucks each. Or pay COX a hundred bucks a month. Or more. You DO have a choice, but no one is going to tell you.

shorebird Jun 22, 2017 12:54 PM
Digital TV Channels?

It's new channels on COX. $5 for the first 6 months. $100 a month after that. ;)

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