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Analog Shutoff Frees Top Space on NYC Mast

John Lyons, the assistant VP and director of Broadcast Communications at Durst, informed me that due to the analog shutdown, the top position on the 4 Times Square tower previously used by Telefutura is now available.

"4 Times Square offers a unique opportunity for NY City's TV broadcasters," Lyons said. "How often does a top antenna location on a tall tower become available in the number 1 market?"

The tower's top is slightly higher than 1,118 feet. Lyons believes he can extend this to some 1,140 feet without FAA approval. In addition to tower space, 4 Times Square also has a broadband antenna and combiner.

4 Times Square is a "broadcaster-friendly" location. They provided space for the first urban ATSC DTS testing in 2007 – see the results in the IEEE paper available at http://www.xmtr.com/bts2007/. That DTS is back on the air with new DTS technology from Rohde and Schwarz transmitting an ATSC mobile DTV stream from WNJU.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.