Technical Notices

HITS has been notified by Mood Media that they are terminating the Digital Music Express Affiliation agreement with HITS as of December 31, 2018. HITS is currently evaluating options for a replacement music service on the HITS platform. To allow systems to determine solutions for a music service, HITS and Mood Media have agreed to continue distribution of the DMX service on HITS through March 31, 2019.

Please see attached notice for more information.

AMC Networks will be transitioning their SD and HD networks (AMC, WE, IFC, Sundance, and BBC America) to an HD Only platform.  Please fill out the information requested by December 15, 2018 so that AMC can determine if the headend is qualified for a new receiver.  Please see attached notice for more information and completion dates.

For the holiday season, Stingray will be temporarily swapping out Latino Urbano channel in favor of Felices Fiesta effective 11/27/18 - 1/3/19.  Reminder that Holiday Hits is available as part of the Stingray lineup year round.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Please see attached updated notice.

C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, and C-SPAN3 will be transitioning from an SES satellite to an Intelsat satellite:  Galaxy 14, Transponder 12 beginning September 29, 2018 to be completed by December 5, 2018.  Please see attached notice for more information.

DMX has provided official notice (see attached) that they will be terminating the NCTC - DMX Agreement and service on January 6, 2018 at 11:59 PM MST.  No action is needed, unless you would like to replace the service with another music offering.

Tennis Channel has engaged in some encryption maintenance on their HD Feed.  Please see attached notice regarding the encryption planned for Tuesday November 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET and the necessary steps for any authorization issues.

Beginning Wednesday, October 24, 2018 through December 2018, Fox will be migrating transponder channel assignments on Galaxy 15 and Galaxy 17.  Please see attached notice for more information and a list of networks affected.

Velocity will rebrand to MotorTrend effective November 23, 2018.  Please see attached notice for more information.

On Friday, October 19th Arris announced that it is ceasing operations for their QT and QT+ access control platform at the end of 2019. There are about 60 NCTC Members affected by this announcement with an approximate STB count of 20,000 on the QT/QT+ access control platform. There are currently two migration options for operators:

  1. Moving the STB access control to NAS with Comcast
  2. Moving the STB access control to NAS RAC with Arris

Beginning in October 2018, Viacom will no longer be using Comcast Technology Services as the distributor of Paramount Network and TV Land D4+ VOD Content.  Following this change, Vubiquity will be the sole distributor of all Viacom VOD Content.  Please see attached letter for more information.

FCC extends the deadline for registration of C-Band Earth Stations to October 31, 2018.  Please see attached notice for more information.

At the end of September, the Fall Equinox Sun Outage Period will start and affect some cities.  As a reference, attached please find the information data of our Main satellite distributions feeds (SES3, AMC 10 and AMC 11) for Miami, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico and Mexico City.

 

Viacom services currently on AMC-11, Transponders 21, 15, and 18 are being transitioned to transponders on SES-11 effective November 21, 2018.  For services currently on AMC-11, Transponder 15 and 21, the dual illumination period will begin on September 4, 2018.  For services currently on AMC-11, Transponder 18, the dual illumination period will begin on or about October 8, 2018.  See attached notice for more information.

Effective November 5, 2018, HBO will cease distribution of ALL SD HBO and Cinemax main and multiplex feeds found on Galaxy 15, Transponders 18 and 23.  If you are currently authorized to receive any of these MPEG-2 SD services and you have not yet coordinated replacement receivers with HBO OR if you have received replacement receivers from HBO but they are not yet authorized, please contact the HBO Affiliate Hotline at (212) 512-5666.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Fusion (along with other Univision networks) will be transitioning to SES-3 Transponder 16 beginning September 24, 2018, to be completed by December 14, 2018.  NOTE:  The Network ID changed to 101, see attached updated tech specs.

Weather Channel will be pushing out a standard software release on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 3:10 am local time for each time zone.  No action is required on your part.  This release will be for the following equipment:  IntelliStar2XD and IntelliStar2JR units.  Please see attached notice for more information.

NCTC has received notification from Quincy Broadcasting that KTIV (TV), Sioux City, IA, will be changing to a different RF Channel as a result of the post-Auction transition.  It is our understanding that this change will occur on 10/17/18.  Please see attached document for more information.

KRCA-DT, Los Angeles, CA, will be moving operations to RF Channel 7 on 7/23/18, pursuant to the implementation of a channel sharing arrangement with KABC-TV, Los Angeles, CA.  Please see attached document for more information.

Effective July 1, 2018, Discovery Channel and HGTV will become subject to the video description rules of the FCC as set forth in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Please see attached notice and instructions from ACA regarding registering a Receive-Only Earth Station using FCC Form 312.

Beginning the week of May 28th, The Blaze will replace our existing paid programming block between the hours of 2am and 6am EST with regular programming. These will be re-airs from the previous day and/or other Blaze series.

This notification is simply to avoid any confusion, as no cue tones will be added during this window and no action is needed on your part.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.  Thanks!

Jane Wohlgethan, Manager, Broadcast Operations 

O l 469.324.5343

theblaze

 

On May 31, 2018 at noon EST, the INSP West Feed you are currently receiving will be deactivated for the new distribution location on channel 2200 (INSP East).

Your IRDs have already been authorized for channel 2200 (INSP East). To maintain program continuity and to not interrupt the signal you are providing your customers, please switch your IRD from channel 2300 (INSP West) to channel 2200 (INSP East) any time before the deadline when convenient for you.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Effective midnight on June 30, 2018, 3ABN Latino will no longer be available on Galaxy 19.  3ABN Latino is currently available via Intelsat 21.  See attached notice for more information.

Reelz Channel is now also available via Vubiquity's terrestrial IP-based distribution network.  Please see attached letter.

Weather Channel and Weatherscan are transitioning to SES-11, Transponder 18 to be completed by August 31, 2018.  See attached notice for more information.

ION Media will transition the ION Television satellite feed to an encrypted, high definition, MPEG-4, AC3 audio only feed by April 30, 2018. See attached notice with the satellite technical specifications included.

Discovery Communications is working through the next phase of their satellite realignment project.  During this phase, they are transitioning to an HD/SD down conversion model for the West coast feeds. Those SD feeds will be discontinued on May 31, 2018.  Discovery is providing decoders at no cost to qualifying headends to assist with the transition.

Please read the attached notice from Discovery Communications for additional details and instructions on how to begin the transition.

Starting on August 14, 2018 and for one week concluding at 12:00 midnight on August 20, ViendoMovies will be distributing both the current standard definition signals and their new HD signal. Thereafter, they will only distribute the HD signal.  The current equipment in place allows you to down convert the signal to Standard Definition if needed. 

UPDATE:  The dual illumination period has been updated to start on July 20th and end on August 20th.

UP TV SD and UP TV HD will be transitioning from G17 Transponder 13 to SES-3 Transponder 10 beginning April 2, 2018 and will end on June 30, 2018.  Signals will be in MPEG-4 with DVB-S2 compression.

TV One will be transitioning the TV One SD signal from G17 Transponder 13 to SES-3  Transponder 10.  Dual illumination of signals will begin April 2, 2018 and will end on June 29, 2018.

GSN HD will be added to the HITS Quantum HD (QHD) platform on January 18, 2018 on QHD 07 (SES 11, Transponder 16).