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    Spectrum Auction thread

    http://www.adweek.com/tvspy/sinclair...million/185626

    In this case its Sinclair getting $313 Million but which stations are not announced

    http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-ra...s/201702100128

    WQED-TV PBS affiliate in Pittsburgh gets $9.9 Million

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    My guesses for Sinclair in Michigan is that WPBN and/or WTOM will return to VHF (WPBN's on RF 47, so they'd be moving anyways)

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    "The results of the auction are not expected to produce any material change in operations..."
    But does this leave a ton of Big 4 network viewers out in the cold when Sinclair starts shutting off countless stations? Or do these stations all shift down to VHF? More ch 2-6 opportunities for E-skip season perhaps?
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    Will be interesting to see what, if anything, Sinclair decides to do with their central Illinois stations.

    Here in Springfield, Sinclair's WICS-20 (ABC) is RF 42, while satellite station WICD-15 Champaign (ABC) is on RF 41. However, Sinclair also operates via JSA in our market, WRSP-Fox 55 (RF 44) Springfield and its satellite WCCU-27 (RF 26) Champaign, and CW station WBUI-23 (CW; RF 22) Decatur.

    I wonder if we could eventually see something like this in the Springfield/Decatur/Champaign market involving Sinclair:

    --WICS (new RF TBD) Springfield: 20.1 ABC; 20.2 Fox (former WRSP); 20.3 CW (former WBUI)--with the WICS/WRSP/WBUI netlets likely on the chopping block (or perhaps only one carried on 20.4). Maybe try to move WBUI's RF 22 from Decatur to the WICS tower at Mechanicsburg, IL (between Springfield and Decatur).
    --WCCU (RF 26) Champaign: 27.1 Fox; 27.2 ABC (via WICS); 27.3 CW--netlets either dropped or reduced to one (maybe a different .4 channel than WICS)

    And in Peoria, I wouldn't be surprised if Sinclair sold WHOI-19.1 (former ABC until moved to Quincy Newspapers' WEEK-25.2 last summer), which now is only a Comet TV affiliate, for spectrum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim from Springfield, IL View Post
    Will be interesting to see what, if anything, Sinclair decides to do with their central Illinois stations.

    Here in Springfield, Sinclair's WICS-20 (ABC) is RF 42, while satellite station WICD-15 Champaign (ABC) is on RF 41. However, Sinclair also operates via JSA in our market, WRSP-Fox 55 (RF 44) Springfield and its satellite WCCU-27 (RF 26) Champaign, and CW station WBUI-23 (CW; RF 22) Decatur.

    I wonder if we could eventually see something like this in the Springfield/Decatur/Champaign market involving Sinclair:

    --WICS (new RF TBD) Springfield: 20.1 ABC; 20.2 Fox (former WRSP); 20.3 CW (former WBUI)--with the WICS/WRSP/WBUI netlets likely on the chopping block (or perhaps only one carried on 20.4). Maybe try to move WBUI's RF 22 from Decatur to the WICS tower at Mechanicsburg, IL (between Springfield and Decatur).
    --WCCU (RF 26) Champaign: 27.1 Fox; 27.2 ABC (via WICS); 27.3 CW--netlets either dropped or reduced to one (maybe a different .4 channel than WICS)

    And in Peoria, I wouldn't be surprised if Sinclair sold WHOI-19.1 (former ABC until moved to Quincy Newspapers' WEEK-25.2 last summer), which now is only a Comet TV affiliate, for spectrum.

    Thoughts?
    I actually talked about this in 2015:
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    FYI for all involved, I'm tracking all public auction-related announcements here: https://www.rabbitears.info/blog/ind...uction-Results

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    WVIA to WNEP's subchannel? This makes no sense. I thought PBS could NOT share a subchannel with a commercial network.
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    WCMU is about to lose a boatload of cable carriage (they're on most cable systems in Oakland, Lapeer, and Livingston counties) with the shutdown of WCMZ. I was thinking if any of their signals would go off the air or move to VHF, it would be WCMW.

    For Central Illinois, maybe Sinclair could use WHOI as a diginet station for not just Peoria, but Champaign-Decatur-Springfield as well (Peoria and the latter three are all somewhat close to each other; this would be a major longshot)

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    Quote Originally Posted by crainbebo View Post
    "The results of the auction are not expected to produce any material change in operations..."
    But does this leave a ton of Big 4 network viewers out in the cold when Sinclair starts shutting off countless stations? Or do these stations all shift down to VHF? More ch 2-6 opportunities for E-skip season perhaps?
    Probably duopolies get condensed onto a single station using subchannels.

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    I doubt that any markets will lose an affiliate, but some affiliates may be relegated to subchannels. Cable coverage is unlikely to be impacted.

    A lot of PBS stations cashed in on this. All the more reason to cut CPB funding.

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