Technical Notices

All HBO and Cinemax feeds on Galaxy 14, Transponder 8 will be transitioning to Galaxy 15, Transponder 18 beginning March 4, 2019, to be completed by March 28, 2019.  Please see attached notice for action required for this transition.

Playboy TV will be making some changes to the transmission of Playboy TV SD/HD and Playboy TV en Espanol SD/HD.  These changes are anticipated to be completed by May 27, 2019.  Please see attached notice for more information.

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, NBCU will be changing its DTMF tone sequence for local ad insertion for both SD and HD and East/West feeds (where applicable) to a standard tone sequence for all networks.  Please see attached notice for more information.

HITS will be performing a compression upgrade to both the QSD and QHD platforms in 2nd Quarter of 2019.  Please see attached notice for more information.

HITS will be upgrading the delivery of the NAS data-stream and the Headend Management System from satellite to VPN for all NAS headends in 2019.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Please see attached notice regarding changes being implemented on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 during the standard morning maintenance window of 4-7 AM EST.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Comcast Technology Solutions (“CTS”) recently received notice from its satellite vendor, SES, that an unanticipated anomaly impacted the AMC-18 satellite that transmits content for your HITS service. SES believes it has corrected the anomaly and expects to continue operating AMC-18 with the full payload until it is replaced by a new satellite, SES-11, in late November 2017.

The transition from AMC-18 to SES-11 is currently planned for the morning of November 28, 2017.  Maintenance will be scheduled Tuesday, November 28th, from 0300-0700 EST.  Services may experience a 15 to 30 second video outage as each transponder is transitioned to the new satellite.