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04.26.2004
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
MSTV approves new plan to re-pack channels after DTV transition

The Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) has asked the FCC to approve a new plan to compress the nation’s 1597 full-power TV stations into channels 2-51 at the end of the DTV transition.

The plan would go into effect after channels 52-69 are returned to the federal government.

MSTV has determined that under the plan 169 stations operating channels outside the 2-51 “TV core” have no clear destination yet and the government will need to assign new channels to them. Fifteen more, the group said, have no DTV channel assigned at all.

About 188 stations might suffer interference with other stations, preventing them from retaining their analog channels.

All remaining channels will be able to choose which of their current two channels they want to keep.

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