Rob Owen and Maria Sciullo perfectly explain the spectrum auction process and some of the results in today’s Post-Gazette. Stations have 39 months to change their frequencies, if required. Some will leave the airwaves altogether while others will share spectrum space and transmitters. Most over-the-air viewers won’t notice a difference as they will merely retune their TV sets. Of course those who receive stations via cable will not have to do a thing.

Below is the list of what will happen to stations as listed by rabbitears.info

Station Analog City of License Original Digital Current Digital New Digital Notes

WPCW-TV

19 Jeannette 49 11 11 No change
WQED-TV 13 Pittsburgh 38 13 2
WEPA-CD 59 Pittsburgh 16 16 0 Goes Off-air
WJMB-CD - Butler 17 17 17 No change
WEMW-CD - Greensburg 19 19 0 Goes Off-air
WWLM-CD - Washington 20 20 36
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh 25 25 25 No change
WPCP-CD - New Castle 27 27 0 Goes Off-air
WBOA-CD - Pittsburgh 29 29 0 Goes Off-air
WNNB-CD - Beaver 30 30 0 Goes Off-air
WINP-TV 16 Pittsburgh 26 38 16
WBYD-CD 35 Pittsburgh 39 39 38
WMVH-CD - Charleroi 40 40 32
WPNT-TV 22 Pittsburgh 42 42 21
WPGH-TV 53 Pittsburgh 43 43 20
WKHU-CD - Kittanning 44 44 32
WWAT-CD - Charleroi 45 45 29
WQVC-CD - Greensburg 46 46 0 Goes Off-air
WWKH-CD - Uniontown 47 7 22
WPXI-TV 11 Pittsburgh 48 48 23
WPCB-TV 40 Greensburg 50 50 28
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 51 51 27 No word on repeater. Channel 22 (currently used as a repeater by WTAE) will be taken by a low-power station
WWCP-TV 8 Johnstown 29 8 8 No change
WPSU-TV 3 Clearfield 15 15 15 No change
WTOO-CD - Bolivar 23 23 22
WATM-TV 23 Altoona 24 24 31
WTAJ-TV 10 Altoona 32 32 24
WJAC-TV 6 Johnstown 34 34 35
WKBS-TV 47 Altoona 46 46 6
WFMJ-TV 21 Youngstown 20 20 33
WYTV-TV 33 Youngstown 36 36 31
WKBN-TV 27 Youngstown 41 41 0 Will share spectrum with WYTV
WNEO-TV 45 Alliance 46 45 29
WICU-TV 12 Erie 52 12 12 No change
WSEE-TV 35 Erie 16 16 21
WFXP-TV 66 Erie 22 22 26
WJET-TV 24 Erie 58 24 28
WQLN-TV 54 Erie 50 50 27
WTRF-TV 7 Wheeling 32 7 7 No change
WTOV-TV 9 Steubenville 57 9 9 No change
WJPW-CD - Weirton 18 18 18 No change
WVTX-CD - Bridgeport 28 28 0 Goes Off-air
WOUC-TV 44 Cambridge 35 35 6

1 thought on “Spectrum auction explained

  1. Here’s a question I’ve never seen answered: There are already lots of stations on subcarriers, and all of them are low resolution: 480. When a network station gives up its spectrum and shares a channel, will that be in 480 or 1080? Will their new channel look like crap on an HD TV just like Comet, Heroes & Icons, etc?

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