Technical Notices

Message from Crown Media:

On Thursday January 21st at 01:00 to 04:00 EST, Hallmark networks will be performing some maintenance on our primary uplink satellites.  During this time we’ll be uplinking from our backup facility. 

Affiliate receivers may experience some minor downlink signal strength fluctuation but nothing that should affect playout.  

Should you experience any issues that affect Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, or Hallmark Drama, please give us a call at Globecast N.A. 877-456-2322, option 2.  

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 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). 

Outside TV is transitioning to a new transponder and will be providing dual illumination through December 31, 2020.  Any IRDs that were previously authorized to receive Outside TV on the old transponder, are authorized currently to receive Outside TV on the new transponder.

Please refer to the attached transponder spec sheet for details and contact information.

URGENT MESSAGE FROM OUTSIDE TV:

We are less than two weeks away from the end of dual illumination and your carrier on G14/5 will be dropped at that time.   Because this is a regulatory mandated change by the FCC, Intelsat who is our satellite supplier, does not have any flexibility to extend these services past 12/30/2020. 

We will be dropping carrier in short periods to help prioritize moving to the new location.

Wednesday 23-Dec-2020 13:00 EST to 13:30 EST

Thursday 24-Dec-2020 13:00 EST to 14:00 EST

Friday 25-Dec-2020 – Christmas – No scheduled drops

Saturday 26-Dec-2020 13:00 EST to 15:00 EST

Sunday 27- Dec-2020 13:00 EST to 16:00 EST

Monday 28-Dec-2020 13:00 EST to 17:00 EST

Tuesday 29-Dec-2020 09:00 EST to 18:00 EST

Wednesday 30-Dec-2020 07:00 EST to 19:00 EST

Final carrier drops at 23:59 EST 30-Dec-2020

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 for more information and action required.

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.  It is anticipated that the new equipment will be shipped early next year (2021).

Please see attached notice for more information.

Quincy has notified NCTC that WXOW, La Crosse, WI recently signed an affiliation agreement with the Me-TV Network. Me-TV is a classic television network and will be available over the air on digital sub-channel 19.3 starting December 3, 2020. MeTV will be replacing Decades.  This will affect WQOW - Decades in Eau Claire as well.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Due to the FCC mandated C-Band repack, Eleven Sports will be transitioning from Galaxy 13 Transponder 6 to Transponder 16.  This change will need to be completed by December 30, 2020.

Please see attached notice for more information and action required.

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.

Due to the FCC mandated C-Band repack, Reelz will be transitioning from Galaxy 13, Transponder 6 to Transponder 16.  Dual illumination period beginning November 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

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

WarnerMedia has notified NCTC that they are launching Bleacher Report as a Turner authenticated TVE experience on desktop and mobile apps starting November 27, 2020 (with TV apps coming sometime in 2021).  Once launched, pay TV subscribers who authenticate will be able to watch live sports programming across TNT, TBS and truTV networks on Bleacher Report (https://bleacherreport.com).

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.

Fuse will be transitioning from Galaxy 13, Transponder 6 to Transponder 16.  Dual illumination will be available until December 30, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information and action required for this change.

AETN has notified NCTC that they have a Larger VOD Package available to qualifying participating members.  Please see attached notice for more information.

AXS TV and HDNet Movies will be transitioning from Galaxy 13 to AMC 11, Transponder 24, beginning December 1, 2020 and to be completed by January 31, 2021.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Please see attached updated tech sheet received from Hallmark Channel.

Crown Media United States, LLC has notified NCTC that, as of September 30, 2020, the Network is rebranding its TVE offering for Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama from “Hallmark Channel Everywhere” to “Hallmark TV”.  The Network requests that Participating Members implement such rebranding on the applicable platforms by October 31, 2020.

Please see attached Hallmark TV logos.

Message from C-SPAN:

As part of C-SPAN's ongoing commitment to provide you and your organization with superior service for signal distribution questions, satellite authorizations, technical specs and proper notification of any changes to the distribution of C-SPAN networks' signals, they are updating their database of affiliates who continue to receive the C-SPAN analog feed via the AMC-11 satellite.  

Please send an email to Donald Lipford at dlipford-c-span.org 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 email please include the following. 

  • 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 at dlipford@c-span.org or 202.626.4351.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 

P.S.  For a better quality more reliable service please consider our C-SPAN Networks digital standard definition and high definition feeds which are located on Galaxy 14 transponder 12.        

As part of the C-Band Spectrum transition, SES has requested HITS to move from SES-11 Transponder 23 to Transponder 13 by the end of October 2020.  HITS will start dual illumination of QHD 1 and QHD 2 Multiplexes currently on SES-11/23 and SES-11/13 on September 1, 2020.  All systems must have their device retuned from SES-11/23 to SES-11/13 by October 26, 2020 to avoid service interruption.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Insight TV has recently informed NCTC that they will be transitioning solely to an IP delivered feed through Zixi effective as of January 1, 2021.

Please see attached notice for more information.