Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Sat Warning: 29 Days To Migrate to AMC-18
All radio stations currently receiving programming from AMC-8 have until June 30, 2017 to re-point their downlink antennas (dishes). At that time, AMC-8 will no longer serve as the radio network “neighborhood,” and there will not be a suitable replacement satellite at the 139 degree position. It has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent C-band satellite at the same location.
The five major commercial radio networks - Learfield, Orbital Media Networks (OMNi), Premiere Networks, Skyview Networks and Westwood One - now have their full complements of satellite-delivered programming available on their new frequencies on AMC-18. This also includes programming from syndicators who lease their satellite time from these five companies.
It is imperative that stations have a plan in place and conversations with their technical teams. Engineers and parts may become scarce as the June 30 deadline fast approaches.
For more information, including satellite vendors, a full list of frequencies for each network, or technical questions about satellite settings, visit http://www.amc8migration.com/docs/RNUG_FAQ.pdf
Stations in need of vendors to re-aim their dishes can visit http://www.amc8migration.com/Vendors.html
Posted 2:04:00 AM