Subchannel Report

Subchannel Report provides insight to the broadcast television and MVPD (cable, telco, and satellite) industries. All reports are accurate as underlying data is updated automatically as our database changes, however, temporarily the report title may not match newly updated reports. Subchannel Report is published daily to our 24,500 subscribers.

Roster of Broadcast Channels Not In Chicago

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Justice Network is still looking for a home in Chicago.

Missing broadcast networks – list of missing broadcast networks determined by matching the existing channel list by market, or broadcast group, against Across Platforms, Inc. (Subchannel Report) database of all local, regional, and national broadcast networks. In some cases Across Platforms will make the editorial decision to filter the list by total count or popularity of channels.

Roster Of Chicago’s 91 Broadcast Channels

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Chicago Tribune – January 8, 2015 – Cubs faces volatile TV market: This year’s round of TV negotiations is just a prelude. The Cubs are basically holding serve with new deals with WLS-Ch. 7 for 25 games and a package of 45 games with WGN-Ch. 9 that was formally announced Thursday. Reportedly, WGN will pay less upfront money, but there are some revenue-sharing components that could reap the Cubs additional cash if ratings improve significantly with the team’s promised turnaround. However, they aren’t expected to pull in significantly more than the estimated $60-70 million value of their current local TV deals, which includes games and an ownership stake in Comcast SportsNet. For the rest of the article.

Network Genre- Across Platforms makes editorial decisions on which networks to include in the genre category. Genre categories are created by Across Platforms.

Class A TV Station WOCK-CD 13 Has Multiple Comcast Channels

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From Wikipedia: WOCK-CD is a class A MundoFox-affiliated television station located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is owned by KM Communications, and transmits on VHF channel 4. The transmitter is located on the John Hancock Tower. Additionally, WOCK’s main signal is also carried by Fox Television Stations on WPWR-TV over their 50.3 digital subchannel, both to provide a full-power over-the-air signal of MundoFox to the market and to address the weaknesses of transmitting in the low VHF band digitally.
Total Channels- The total channels, (across markets, groups, or genre), that are broadcasting on .1 channels and/or subchannels.

Total Subchannels (Not .1)- The total channels that are not the primary channel of the TV station(s).

Overbuilders Finding Subscribers in Chicago

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This week Across Platforms reviewed its subscriber counts for cable, DBS, and overbuilders. Our calculations for Comcast are currently 4.7% higher for subscribers than reported by both companies post the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger. We will be adjusting the Comcast sub numbers. The remainder of our MVPD subscriber numbers for other companies are typically under a 0.5% difference than publicly reported numbers and we will not be adjusting those numbers.

Overbuilder - Companies (independent telco and municipalities) that build additional systems over existing cable systems in order to provide a competitive service in a market. Across Platforms tracks over 150 overbuilders in over 150 full counties, over 1,000 partial counties, in over 165 TV markets. Ownership transfers recorded at time of announcement before FCC approval.

MVPD - Multichannel Video Programming Distributor is not limited to, a cable operator, a multichannel multipoint distribution service, a direct broadcast satellite service, or a television receive-only satellite program distributor, who makes available for purchase, by subscribers or customers, multiple channels of video programming.

Competing MVPDs Have Deeper Penetration In Mediacom Markets

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Since Mediacom focusses on serving smaller communities its primary competition can be found from Dish and DirecTV. With ATT U-verse a few months away from closing on the DirecTV transaction, and ATT U-verse abutting or overlapping some Mediacom markets, the mid-sized cable company will experience heightened competition next year on two fronts. As the OTT market chips away at cable companies forcing them to offer skinny packages (local TV channels and HBO), and ATT U-verse rolling out various packages for every consumer (DBS or wireline) Mediacom will be experienced increased pressure to lower programming costs on all fronts.

MVPD Overlap- When MVPD providers are compared to determine the TV market overlap of one group or the other. MVPD providers are considered to overlap for both partial counties and full counties. For example a MVPD provider could have one partial county near the boundaries of the TV market yet all the MVPD providers in the total market will be considered overlapping MVPD providers.

Sinclair And Nexstar Top Mediacom’s Group Distribution List

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It should be as no surprise that with Sinclair and Nexstar mostly serving smaller Markets these groups relationship with Mediacom would occasionally flare up into heated retransmission talks since all three service the same mid-market communities.

>Duplicated Subscribers- Cable, overbuilder, and/or satellite subscribers counted multiple times in a market depending upon how many .1 channels for full power and LPTV-cable stations and for those subchannels with verified MVPD subscribers. Subscribers partly estimated using FCC COALS data and Census data.

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