Technical Notices

BBC World News has scheduled signal maintenance to be performed on Tuesday, July 7th from 4:27 am - 11:00 am EST.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Stingray Music is updating the names of a few of their audio music channels effective July 15, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Olympusat will be replacing the Living Faith Network with PTL Television Network effective September 8, 2020.  Carriage of the replacement channel is optional.  If you prefer to terminate the service on September 8, 2020, you will need to send an email notice to your NCTC programming account manager.  Otherwise, your billing will be automatically transitioned from Living Faith Network to PLT Television Network.

See attached notice for more information.

Sinclair has notified NCTC that there will be a channel change on station WHOI. Effective July 1st, 2020, WHOI will launch TBD on the Primary slot and Comet will move to the D-2 channel position from the primary slot.

Stingray Music Videos On Demand will no longer be delivered through Vubiquity but will be delivered directly from Stingray to Participating Members.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Semillitas will be transitioning to an HD Feed only.  Dual illumination period will begin on June 1, 2020 through June 14, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information, along with technical and contact information.

Hallmark has provided the attached tech sheet, as they have a new authorization center and a new technical hotline phone number.  All other details remain the same.

NCTC received notice from Youtoo America that they are having to make a satellite change immediately.  ACTION REQUIRED - please see attached notice for more information.

AMC Networks will be transitioning their VOD Content Provider for BBC America VOD from IBM Cloud Services (formerly known as Clearleap) to CTS - Comcast Technology Solutions.  Beginning April 1, 2020, CTS will begin contacting each affiliate with Provider Worksheets that will need to be completed.  As of June 2020, all BBC America VOD content will only be delivered by CTS.  Please see attached for more information.

Disney, ESPN, FX/NAT GEO networks will be transitioning to a new SCTE-35 messaging structure by July 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.

ESPN will discontinue distribution of (1) ESPN Goal Line effective immediately and (2) ESPN Bases Loaded effective June 30, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.

NCTC has received notification from DEMN regarding updated local advertising guidelines.  Please review the attached notice for more information.

NBCU is transitioning E!Entertainment, Universal Kids, and Telemundo from SES1, Transponder 8 to new satellite locations effective March 17, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.

3ABN has notified NCTC that they have decided to stay with MPEG-2 delivery for the AMC-11 migration, due to the majority of affiliates not yet supporting MPEG-4 HD and or IP. The attached document contains dual illumination dates for AMC-11, as well as the parameters for AMC-11 and MPEG-2 SD. No signal down conversion or new equipment is necessary, unless found faulty. Affiliates are welcome to migrate upon receipt of this notification. 

Dual Illumination Schedule: AMC-11 starts on January 20, 2020. Galaxy 23 ends on April 30, 2020.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jennifer Todd with 3ABN at jennifer.todd@3abn.org.

At the beginning of March, the Spring Equinox Sun Outage Period will start and may affect some cities.  Please see attached for more information.

The Viacom programming services currently on the Arris DCII platform are being transitioned to the Synamedia (fka Cisco) PowerVu platform.  As a result of this change, the affected services will need to be acquired from a different satellite and/or transponder and the indicated SD services will need to be sourced from an HD down-convert. 

To facilitate this migration, Viacom will be providing PowerVu receiver(s) and/or licenses for services currently authorized on the Arris DCII platform.

Please complete the survey (linked to in the attached notice) IMMEDIATELY to initiate the request for PowerVu receiver(s)/licenses for your site(s).  You may be at risk of temporary signal loss if survey is not completed well before the July 31, 2020 migration date.  Please see attached notice for the survey link and more information.

YouToo America is transitioning to IP Delivery.  They will start moving affiliates to IP delivery in March, to be completed by May 1, 2020.  This means that the satellite feed will be turned off at midnight, April 30, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information and take the appropriate action for your system(s).

The Cowboy Channel SD, The Cowboy Channel HD, and RFD-TV HD will be moving to Galaxy 13, Transponder 13 beginning February 17, 2020, to be completed by March 31, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.

JUCE TV will be changing its name to POSITIV TV effective January 27, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.

In anticipation of possible rule making by the FCC to expand the use of the Video Descriptive Service (VDS) to more networks, AETN has recently added additional audio PIDS to all their services to ensure they have a second audio service available.  Please see attached notice for more information and the IRD upgrade instructions.