FCC Seeks Comment On EchoStar Analog Ask


The FCC’s Media Bureau has put a request for a waiver of the Commission’s analog TV receiver rule by EchoStar Technologies up for public comment.

EchoStar on Oct. 12 asked the Commission to grant special permission for the company to import, market, distribute and sell “an Internet-enabled, set-top box” it calls the AirTV. The device not include an analog tuner.

According to current FCC rules, TV broadcast receivers should be capable of adequately receiving all channels until Aug. 31, 2017 — hence the need for analog availability.

Interested parties may file comments on or before Oct. 26. The reply comment date is Nov. 2.

The FCC is treating the proceeding as a “permit but disclose” matter.

The matter is officially listed as “MB Docket No. 16-329.”


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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.