CTIA Reports Results of Channel Sharing Project

Wireless Association Says Pilot Project with L.A. TV States Show Channel Sharing Is Feasible

CTIA-The Wireless Association and Los Angeles television stations KLCS and KJLA have released results of a pilot project that the participants say showed “channel sharing is feasible, and is a technically viable option for broadcasters with minimal impact for viewers.”

The full report on the project can be found here.

“The pilot study conducted by KJLA and KLCS demonstrates that channel sharing is technically viable for broadcasters considering this option,” said Alan Popkin, director of TV engineering, at KLCS in a statement. “To the extent that similar combinations arise elsewhere, this report may serve as a baseline assessment of sharing.”

In another statement, Francis Wilkinson, VP and general manager of KJLA added that “our collaboration with KLCS yielded extremely valuable and interesting data about the promise of channel sharing, without adverse effect on our over-the-air audience. We hope that our pilot project and the report issued today will allow interested parties to further explore the possibilities associated with channel sharing.”

KJLA is the flagship station for the LATV Network, while KLCS is a non-commercial station broadcast owned and operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The project was first announced Jan. 28, 2014 and approved for testing by the FCC on Feb. 4.

The participants say the test found that “physical and virtual level channel sharing is feasible” and that “it is technically possible to combine two high definition (HD) television streams onto a single channel.”

In addition, the project concluded that “two HD streams may be combined with additional standard definition program streams.

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