The Fox network on Tuesday outlined its TV Everywhere plan to affiliates, which would allow authenticated TV subscribers to watch programming through a dedicated mobile application or on the Web. The plan would also use a device's GPS system to deliver local content. A fall debut is planned.
The plan to repurpose broadcast spectrum for broadband could leave Detroit with no local broadcast outlets, because the Motor City would be competing for the limited remaining spectrum with Canadian locations, according to the NAB. Such an outcome would mean that "there's no more broadcast TV in Detroit. There's no place for them to go," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.
A full accounting of how spectrum is being used is being proposed by lawmakers as part of the process of establishing a national broadband plan. "It's a scarce resource and there's a lot of interested parties that would like to have access to it," Jessica Roscenworcel, a telecommunications adviser to Senate commerce committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said at the NAB State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. "But obviously broadcasters bring a lot of value to the spectrum they use today. It's important to inventory it first before we make any rash decisions."
Starting in January, Philadelphia stations owned by NBC and Fox will pool some of their video news gathering. The cost-cutting move is expected to be deployed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other markets, where NBC and Fox have owned-and-operated stations. John Wallace, president of NBC Local Media, said that under the plan, each station would supply its own copy for news stories, and that the move toward pooled video would "free up the stations to do more enterprise reporting."