Over the next few years, most digital TV stations across the US (and eventually Canada) will be changing channels as the FCC repacks the TV spectrum so it can sell channels 38-51 (614-698 MHz) to wireless carriers.

Later this spring, the FCC is expected to provide a public list of the new channel assignments that it’s already distributed to TV licensees around the country – but some stations are already revealing their new RF channels, either to the NAB (which has started to compile voluntary disclosures on its own clearinghouse site) or to industry colleagues.

We’ve been putting together as many pieces of the puzzle as we can assemble, and we’ve gathered them in our own list, which subscribers can read below.

A few notes on what we know so far:

There are inexplicable double-swaps. In Binghamton, for instance, WBNG will move from RF 7 to RF 8, while WICZ goes from 8 to 7. It’s not at all clear why the FCC plan mandates such changes (and the needless expense they’ll cause), or whether stations will have an opportunity to propose cost-saving modifications before these new assignments become official.

Everyone has the potential to move. On the UHF dial, in particular, it makes no difference whether a station’s current RF channel is “in-core” (channels 14-36) or “out of core” (38-51); they’re all in a pool that’s subject to being relocated, so while we know that out-of-core stations will all have to relocate, many in-core stations will shift, too. And there’s no advantage or disadvantage in the auction process for stations that are in or out of core – the auction will take a station that’s currently on 14 just as readily as one that’s on 51.

Fewer stations are going away than we initially thought. Did you expect Fox would be shedding its second New York-market signal, WWOR? So did we – but it got a new UHF channel assigned to it. So did Univision’s second New York signal, WFUT. In the end, it looks like the vast majority of TV licenses will survive into the repack era and beyond.

Some broadcasters just aren’t talking. While Sinclair, for instance, has been willing to share all its new channel information, Nexstar isn’t even telling its own local market chief engineers what their new channels will be just yet. So for its stations (and those of several other owners), we’ll have to wait until the full FCC list becomes public.

Do you know something we don’t? Your identity is safe with us when you drop us a line with any channel changes that aren’t listed here. Help us provide your fellow broadcasters with as much information as possible!

 

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StateMarketCall LettersVirtual ChannelCurrent RFFuture RFOwnerNotes
CTHartford-New HavenWFSB333Meredith
CTHartford-New HavenWTNH810Nexstar
CTHartford-New HavenWUVN1846Entravision
CTHartford-New HavenWCCT2020Tribune
CTHartford-New HavenWEDH2445CPTV
CTHartford-New HavenWHPX2626Ion
CTHartford-New HavenWVIT3035NBC
CTHartford-New HavenWZMY4342NRJ
CTHartford-New HavenWEDW4949CPTV
CTHartford-New HavenWEDN539CPTV
CTHartford-New HavenWTIC6131CPTV
CTHartford-New HavenWEDY6541CPTV
MABostonWGBH219WGBH
MABostonWBZ43020CBS
MABostonWCVB52033Hearst
MABostonWHDH74235Sunbeam
MABostonWMUR99Hearst
MABostonWENH1111NHPTV
MABostonWPXG2133Ion
MABostonWFXT253134Cox
MABostonWUNI2729Entravision
MABostonWSBK383921CBS
MABostonWGBX4443WGBH
MABostonWWDP4610Evine
MABostonWYDN4847Daystar
MABostonWLED4948NHPTV
MABostonWBIN50350BinnieSold for
MABostonWEKW5249NHPTV
MABostonWLVI56410SunbeamSold for
MABostonWDPX5840Ion
MABostonWNEU6034NBC
MABostonWMFP6218NRJ
MABostonWUTF6627Entravision
MABostonWBPX6832Ion
MASpringfieldWWLP2211Nexstar
MASpringfieldWGGB404026Meredith
MASpringfieldWGBY5722WGBH
MEBangorWLBZ22TEGNA
MEBangorWABI513Diversified
MEBangorWVII77Rockfleet
MEBangorWMEB129MPBN
MEBangorWMED1310MPBN
MEPortlandWCSH64431TEGNA
MEPortlandWMTW88Hearst
MEPortlandWCBB1010MPBN
MEPortlandWGME133815Sinclair
MEPortlandWPFO232317Sinclair
MEPortlandWMEA2645MPBN
MEPortlandWPME3535Ironwood
MEPortlandWPXT5143Ironwood
MEPresque IsleWAGM88Gray
MEPresque IsleWMEM1010MPBN
NYAlbanyWRGB66Sinclair
NYAlbanyWTEN1026Nexstar
NYAlbanyWNYT131212Hubbard
NYAlbanyWMHT173425WMHT
NYAlbanyWCDC1936Nexstar
NYAlbanyWXXA2378Nexstar
NYAlbanyWCWN454322Sinclair
NYAlbanyWNYA51137Hubbard
NYAlbanyWYPX5550Ion
NYBinghamtonWBNG1278QNI
NYBinghamtonWIVT3434Nexstar
NYBinghamtonWICZ4087Northwest
NYBinghamtonWSKG4642WSKG
NYBuffaloWGRZ233TEGNA
NYBuffaloWIVB439Nexstar
NYBuffaloWKBW73834Scripps
NYBuffaloWNED1743WNED
NYBuffaloWNLO2332Nexstar
NYBuffaloWNYB2627TCT
NYBuffaloWUTV291436Sinclair
NYBuffaloWNYO494916Sinclair
NYBuffaloWPXJ5123Ion
NYBuffaloWBBZ677WBBZ
NYElmiraWETM1818Nexstar
NYElmiraWSKA3030WSKG
NYElmiraWENY3636Lilly
NYElmiraWYDC4850Vision
NYNew YorkWCBS23336CBS
NYNew YorkWNBC428NBC
NYNew YorkWNYW54427Fox
NYNew YorkWABC77Disney
NYNew YorkWWOR93825Fox
NYNew YorkWPIX1111Tribune
NYNew YorkWNET1313WNET
NYNew YorkWLIW2121WNET
NYNew YorkWNYE2524City of NY
NYNew YorkWPXN3131Ion
NYNew YorkWJLP333PMCM
NYNew YorkWXTV4140Univision
NYNew YorkWNJU4736NBC
NYNew YorkWRNN48480RNNSold for
NYNew YorkWNJN5051NJPTV
NYNew YorkWTBY5427TBN
NYNew YorkWLNY554729CBS
NYNew YorkWNJB588NJPTV
NYNew YorkWMBC6318Mountain
NYNew YorkWFTY6728Univision
NYNew YorkWFUT683026Univision
NYRochesterWROC845Nexstar
NYRochesterWHEC101010Hubbard
NYRochesterWHAM13139Sinclair
NYRochesterWXXI211622WXXI
NYRochesterWUHF312828Sinclair
NYSyracuseWSTM32419Sinclair
NYSyracuseWTVH54718Granite
NYSyracuseWSYR917Nexstar
NYSyracuseWCNY242520WCNY
NYSyracuseWNYS4344Northwest
NYSyracuseWNYI5220Daystar
NYSyracuseWSPX5615Ion
NYSyracuseWSYT681914Northwest
NYUticaWKTV22929Heartland
NYUticaWUTR2030Nexstar
NYUticaWFXV3327Nexstar
NYWatertownWWNY735United
NYWatertownWPBS1641WPBS
NYWatertownWNPI1823WPBS
NYWatertownWWTI5021Nexstar
PAErieWICU1212Lilly
PAErieWJET2424Nexstar
PAErieWSEE3516Lilly
PAErieWQLN5450WQLN
PAErieWFXP6622Nexstar
PAHarrisburgWGAL88Hearst
PAHarrisburgWXBU1523Sinclair
PAHarrisburgWHP2121Sinclair
PAHarrisburgWHTM2710Nexstar
PAHarrisburgWITF3336WITF
PAHarrisburgWPMT4347Tribune
PAHarrisburgWGCB4930WGCB
PAJohnstown-AltoonaWPSU31515PSU
PAJohnstown-AltoonaWJAC63435Sinclair
PAJohnstown-AltoonaWWPC88Cunningham
PAJohnstown-AltoonaWTAJ1032Nexstar
PAJohnstown-AltoonaWATM2324Cunningham
PAJohnstown-AltoonaWKBS4746Cornerstone
PAPhiladelphiaKJWP22PMCM
PAPhiladelphiaKYW32630CBS
PAPhiladelphiaWACP44Western
PAPhiladelphiaWPVI66Disney
PAPhiladelphiaWCAU1034NBC
PAPhiladelphiaWHYY1212WHYY
PAPhiladelphiaWPHL1717Tribune
PAPhiladelphiaWNJS2322NJPTV
PAPhiladelphiaWTXF294231Fox
PAPhiladelphiaWYBE3535MiND
PAPhiladelphiaWLVT3939WLVT
PAPhiladelphiaWMGM4036Access.1
PAPhiladelphiaWMCN4444Lenfest
PAPhiladelphiaWGTW4827TBN
PAPhiladelphiaWTVE5125NRJ
PAPhiladelphiaWNJT5243NJPTV
PAPhiladelphiaWPSG573233CBS
PAPhiladelphiaWBPH609Sonshine
PAPhiladelphiaWPPX6131Ion
PAPhiladelphiaWWSI6249NBC
PAPhiladelphiaWUVP6529Univision
PAPhiladelphiaWFMZ6946WFMZ
PAPittsburghKDKA225CBS
PAPittsburghWTAE45127Hearst
PAPittsburghWPXI1148Cox
PAPittsburghWQED1313WQEDMoving to low-V
PAPittsburghWINP1638Ion
PAPittsburghWPCW1911CBS
PAPittsburghWPTT224221Sinclair
PAPittsburghWPCB4050Cornerstone
PAPittsburghWPGH534320Sinclair
PAScranton-Wilkes-BarreWNEP164916TribuneChannel-share with WVIA
PAScranton-Wilkes-BarreWYOU2213Nexstar
PAScranton-Wilkes-BarreWBRE2811Nexstar
PAScranton-Wilkes-BarreWSWB383134Sinclair
PAScranton-Wilkes-BarreWVIA444116WVIAChannel-share with WNEP
PAScranton-Wilkes-BarreWQMY532929Sinclair
PAScranton-Wilkes-BarreWOLF564522Sinclair
PAScranton-Wilkes-BarreWQPX6432Ion
RIProvidenceWLNE64926Citadel
RIProvidenceWJAR105025Sinclair
RIProvidenceWPRI1213Nexstar
RIProvidenceWSBE36212RIPBS
RIProvidenceWNAC6412Nexstar
RIProvidenceWPXQ6917Ion
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWCAX322Martin
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWPTZ514Hearst
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWVTB2018VPT
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWVNY2213Nexstar
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWVER289VPT
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWNNE3125Hearst
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWETK3332VPT
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWVTA41420VPTSold for
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWFFF4443Nexstar
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWYCI6140Cross Hill
VTBurlington-PlattsburghWCFE573836WCFE

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Are these stations that are moving able to retune their transmitters or do they have to buy new equipment?

  2. With regard to the Binghamton channel swap question, see DA 17-107 paragraphs 47-53, particularly para. 50 (page 24 in the PDF version).

  3. Will any of these repacks improve coverage? Those of us slightly north of Manchester can’t get 7, 25, 38 or 44 over the air. Hoping that will change.

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