FCC Incentive Auction Has Ended

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  • #28658
    washnotore
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    Edge Spectrum, Inc. has done it again. The company is buying another handful of Oregon and Idaho Low Power TV stations for $72 million.

    https://media.wix.com/ugd/dcd045_1e6fc657eca0459db6caa0747c8876ac.pdf

    This along with the prior sale of 3ABN LPTV stations in March. In this second national deal to sell stations held by various companies using the EICB-TV name to Edge Spectrum.

    The buyer’s website says it is “building a new nationwide wireless network” and touts its service as an alternative to distribution of content by wired computer networks. Stations that are part of the deal include:

    Oregon: KCKW-LD, K16JS-D and one unbuilt (Eugene) – K42JO-D (Klamath Falls) – K49KT-D (Bend)

    Idaho: K50LX-D (Boise) – K30MC-D and K33LF-D (Lewiston)

    #28665
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    I wonder whether Edge Spectrum will end up like another company that paid a lot of money to buy up a plethora of radio properties almost two decades ago.

    #28754
    cbaravelli
    Spectator

    Television broadcasters should consider this business model carefully. 6 MHz ‘downlink’ channel is broader than the 5 MHz cellular 600 MHz block enjoys. There is enough TV spectrum in most markets for the FCC to allocate / auction a 6 MHz uplink channel as well.

    #31729
    washnotore
    Participant

    Public TV Station KRCB-TV acquires KCSM-TV

    Fellow PBS station KRCB-TV in Santa Rosa acquires KCSM-TV San Francisco. The purchase was driven in keeping a Public Broadcast Station on the air after the spectrum repack. KCSM was unable to be sold during specturm action.

    https://krcb.org/connect-to-krcb/krcb-north-bay-public-media-acquires-kcsm-tv

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/SXC31vOE948

    This is a good move for KRCB. They made $72 million in the auction, and for $12 million will keep a UHF signal–and a better one for the bulk of the population. Net profit is a hair less than $60 million (they have to fund their own move to low-VHF) and they wind up in arguably a better position than they’re in today.

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