Technical Notices

UPDATE: Per Weather Channel, they anticipate this transition to occur between mid-October 2021 and mid-January 2022.  See attached notice update.

Weather Channel is preparing to transition the HD Feed from an MPEG-2 to an MPEG-4 compression standard.  They anticipate this transition to occur between June and September 2021.  They will provide more details, including a specific timeframe of the transition, in the near future.

 

GAC Media acquired Great American Country and RideTV.  Effective September 27, 2021, Great American Country will rebrand to GAC Family and RideTV will rebrand to GAC Living.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Effective September 1, 2021, Sinclair Broadcast Group will be launching the multicast station, Rewind TV, in three of their markets.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Please see attached notice from AETN of a service window for Galaxy 30/Transponder 23.

C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, and C-SPAN 3 will be changing existing satellite locations.

All affiliate headends must register on the C-SPAN IRD Rollout website at portal.goamt.com/c-span/login by June 30, 2021 to be assured of the no cost IRD delivery.

The unencrypted analog version of C-SPAN on AMC-11, Transponder 7 will be discontinued and will no longer be available for affiliates to use after October 31, 2021.

Encrypted digital SD and HD versions of C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, and C-SPAN 3 currently located on Galaxy 30, Transponder 12 will move to Galaxy 30, Transponder 14.

Please see attached notice for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please review the following programmer notification closely.  If there are tasks or costs associated with carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band, then the party that is responsible for such tasks and costs is governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20). Outside of the FCC’s documents, you may have additional rights through your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on determining the party responsible for C-Band transition-related tasks and costs.

UPDATE:  Sony has scheduled the IRD authorization and Re-tune window for affiliates from Monday, July 12, 2021 until Friday, August 20, 2021.  To avoid service interruption, please call the CTS Authorizations 24/7 Support line at (800) 824-1771 during this period to retune your IRD and get authorization for SES-3.  When you re-tune, you will need to change the receiver settings and likely reboot the receiver.  See attached tech sheets for both services.

Sony Movies (formerly Sony Movie Channel) and Sony Cine (formerly Cine Sony) are moving transmission/uplink from Encompass, Atlanta facility to Comcast Dry Creek Facility, Centennial, CO.  As part of this transition, Sony Movies and Sony Cine will move from Galaxy 30, Transponder 10 to SES-3, Transponder 12.  Dual illumination will begin on July 1, 2021.  The transition should be completed by September 30, 2021.

Please see attached notice for more information.

UPDATE: FOX has notified NCTC that they are on schedule to complete a technology upgrade, and decommission legacy satellite architecture.  All new MediaKind receivers must be authorized by FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021, MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME.  If your systems have not yet authorized new receivers, it is critical that a system representative contact the FOX Media Control Center as soon as possible.

The FOX Media Control Center is staffed and available 24/7 with personnel ready to assist with authorizations and troubleshooting issues at (888) 882-5295.  For any questions regarding the equipment or transition, please email them at MCC.DistOps@FOX.com  

UPDATE:  Due to manufacturer and shipping delays, the legacy simulcast has been extended until May 14, 2021.

FOX will be upgrading its video compression technology to support the high efficiency video coding standard ("HEVC").  In connection with this upcoming delivery system change, FOX will be providing the new equipment that will support HEVC.  FOX sent out equipment in Feb 2021 which will need to be installed and setup no later than Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Please see attached notices for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your responsibility for performing any tasks or incurring any costs associated with  carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band for 5G use are governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20).  For changes that are not part of the satellite companies’ transition plans, your rights and responsibilities are governed by your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on the C-Band transition costs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your responsibility for performing any tasks or incurring any costs associated with  carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band for 5G use are governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20).  For changes that are not part of the satellite companies’ transition plans, your rights and responsibilities are governed by your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on the C-Band transition costs.

Discovery has informed NCTC that they started Phase 2 of the 5G C-Band Migration project on May 1st 2021.  This phase of the transponder realignment project will impact the following feeds:

  • East SD and West SD feeds on Galaxy 13 Transponder 22 – Discovery East, TLC East, Animal Planet East, OWN East and OWN West will be available via down-conversion only on Galaxy 13, Transponder 14 and SES 11, Transponder 11

As of December 1st, 2021 these services will only be available via down-conversion.

Please see attached notice for more information.

In the next few months, C-SPAN will transition affiliates who continue to receive the unencrypted analog version of C-SPAN off the AMC-11 satellite to digital. The analog feed will go dark this fall. The encrypted digital version of C-SPAN (along with C-SPAN2 & C-SPAN3) is located on the Galaxy 30, which will continue to be the primary source for the C-SPAN networks digital signals. 

Official notification for this change with more detail will be delivered soon. In the meantime, please know that C-SPAN is committed to providing you and your organization with superior service for signal distribution, satellite authorizations, technical specs, and proper notification of any changes to the distribution of C-SPAN networks' signals. Being the only remaining unencrypted analog feed remaining, C-SPAN needs absolute confirmation of affiliates who continue to receive the C-SPAN analog feed via the AMC-11 satellite. 

Please forward an email to Donald Lipford at dlipford@c-span.org as soon as possible with information about each of your System/Headend locations that still utilizes AMC-11, Transponder 7 to receive and distribute the analog version of C-SPAN. 

In your reply, please include the following information: 

  • MSO/Company Name 
  • Complete Headend/System mailing and shipping address information 
  • Headend/Technical Contact(s) information to include email address. 

If you have further questions, feel free to contact Donald Lipford via email or via phone at 202.626.4351. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please review the following programmer notification closely.  If there are tasks or costs associated with carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band, then the party that is responsible for such tasks and costs is governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20). Outside of the FCC’s documents, you may have additional rights through your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on determining the party responsible for C-Band transition-related tasks and costs.

Next Level Sports (formerly  Eleven Sports) has been working with Encompass to transition from Satellite (Galaxy 13, Transponder 6) to IP Delivery via LTN and will be doing so over the next couple of months.  In order to make this transition successfully, Next Level Sports needs each operator to complete the attached configuration form and return it to klandry@encompass.tv

Please see attached documents for more information.

Effective May 3, 2021, Sinclair will be making several changes to the multicast lineup for WACH in Columbia, SC.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Due to the FCC mandated C-Band repack, TBN will be moving its primary satellite services (TBN, Hillsong Channel, Smile, Positiv, and Enlace) from Galaxy 14 Transponder 1 to Galaxy 18 Transponder 17, beginning February 15, 2021.  Dual illumination will be available until the end of April 2021.

Please see attached notice for more information and action needed for this change.

ABC O&O will be replacing their D3 Multiplex Laff TV with THIS-TV effective April 1, 2021.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Please see attached notice regarding multicast changes for WSFL effective 3/1/21 and 7/1/21.

NCTC received a notice from OlympuSAT that PTL Network will make a satellite technical change.  The feed will move from SES-1 transponder 18 to SES-1 transponder 10.  Some sites may need a different IRD.

OlympuSAT needs to have all sites moved off the current transponder no later than April 2, 2021.

Please see attached notice and tech sheet for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please review the following programmer notification closely.  If there are tasks or costs associated with carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band, then the party that is responsible for such tasks and costs is governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20). Outside of the FCC’s documents, you may have additional rights through your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on determining the party responsible for C-Band transition-related tasks and costs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please review the following programmer notification closely.  If there are tasks or costs associated with carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band, then the party that is responsible for such tasks and costs is governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20). Outside of the FCC’s documents, you may have additional rights through your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on determining the party responsible for C-Band transition-related tasks and costs.

In response to the FCC’s plan to clear 280 MHz of C-band spectrum for 5G mobile services in the U.S. (the “5G C-Band Transition”), Starz will be migrating all of its channels from their current satellite transponders to new satellite transponders.  To help facilitate this migration, Starz will be providing signal delivery equipment to affiliate distribution partners affected and that continue to receive a satellite feed. 

Please see the attached notice for more information.

 

Effective March 1, 2021, WSYX - D4 - Antenna TV will change to Stadium Network.  Please see attached notice for more information.

UPDATE:  Sinclair has notified NCTC that this change has been delayed to April 15, 2021.

Effective March 1, 2021, WPTV in West Palm Beach and WHDT in Stuart will have a change in their Digital Multicast programming.  Please see the attached notice for more information and the new lineups effective 3/1/21.

Please see attached notice regarding multicast changes for WFTX effective 3/1/21.

Effective February 1, 2021, WXMI .4 will carry Court TV Mystery instead of Charge!.  Effective March 1, 2021, WXMI .3 will carry Bounce TV instead of Court TV.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Effective September 1, 2021, Nashville's WTVF 5.3 station will carry programming from Bounce TV instead of LAFF TV.  Please see attached notice for more information.

 

NBCU Networks (Golf HD, NBC Sports Network HD, E! West, Universal Kids West, Telemundo West SD) will be transitioning from Galaxy 14 Transponder 14 to Galaxy 18 Transponder 19 beginning February 16, 2021, to be completed by April 28, 2021.  The Galaxy 14/4 signal will be terminated on May 2, 2021.

Please see attached notice and tech sheet for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your responsibility for performing any tasks or incurring any costs associated with  carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band for 5G use are governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20).  For changes that are not part of the satellite companies’ transition plans, your rights and responsibilities are governed by your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on the C-Band transition costs.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, between the hours of 2:30 am to 4:00 am EST, ESPN and Disney services that currently reside on Galaxy 14 will transition to Galaxy 30.  Routine maintenance will be performed on Tuesday Feb 2 and Wednesday Feb 3 in anticipation of this satellite transition.

Please see attached notice for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your responsibility for performing any tasks or incurring any costs associated with  carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band for 5G use are governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20).  For changes that are not part of the satellite companies’ transition plans, your rights and responsibilities are governed by your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on the C-Band transition costs.

Sony Movie Channel and Cine Sony will be transitioning from Galaxy 14 to Galaxy 30 on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 08:00 GMT/03:00 EST/ 00:00 PST.  Please see attached notice for more information. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your responsibility for performing any tasks or incurring any costs associated with  carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band for 5G use are governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20).  For changes that are not part of the satellite companies’ transition plans, your rights and responsibilities are governed by your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on the C-Band transition costs.

AETN will be replacing Galaxy 14 with Galaxy 30 on February 3, 2021 at 4:45 am EST.  

No action is required on the part of AETN affiliates and existing equipment will continue to be utilized for AETN services.  However, affiliates should anticipate temporary interruptions on all transponders during the scheduled work window.   

Please see attached notice for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your responsibility for performing any tasks or incurring any costs associated with  carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band for 5G use are governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20).  For changes that are not part of the satellite companies’ transition plans, your rights and responsibilities are governed by your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on the C-Band transition costs.

Please see attached notice from Sinclair regarding the acquisition of the Fox affiliation for KFDM, KGAN, WCHS, WKEF, and WSYX effective January 1, 2021 (or January 7, 2021 in the case of WSYX).

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If there are tasks or costs associated with carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band, then the party that is responsible for such tasks and costs is governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20). Outside of the FCC’s documents, you may have additional rights through your agreement with the programmer.

Due to the FCC mandated C-Band repack, ShopHQ will be transitioning from Galaxy 14 Transponder 3C to Transponder 22C beginning March 2, 2021.  Dual illumination will be available through April 30, 2021.

Please see attached notice and tech sheet for more information and action required.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please review the following programmer notification closely.  If there are tasks or costs associated with carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band, then the party that is responsible for such tasks and costs is governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20). Outside of the FCC’s documents, you may have additional rights through your agreement with the programmer.  Please click here for more information on determining the party responsible for C-Band transition-related tasks and costs.

Due to the FCC mandated C-Band repack, BBC World News in North America will be transitioning from Galaxy 13 Transponder 4c to Transponder 20c.  Dual illumination will be available through March 2, 2021.

Please see attached notice for more information and action required.