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South Carolina ETV is on Demand

By Tabitha Safdi, SCETV

SCETV on Demand

Beginning January 15, South Carolina ETV and South Carolina Public Radio in Charleston will be experiencing reductions in transmitter power as part of a channel conversion mandated by the FCC called "repack." Viewers may periodically go off the air for tower work to be completed. This process will be intermittent and periodic service interruptions could occur through February 28. We will keep you posted as tower work schedules are announced, and we thank you for your patience during this process. In the meantime, here are some ways to stay connected to SCETV! 

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What is Repack?

In the United States, spectrum reallocation mostly refers to giving up part of the broadcast spectrum to make more room for wireless broadband, trunking or point-to-point microwave services.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is authorized to repack the television band by assigning television stations to new channels. This process will pose significant challenges for SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio, and most of the broadcast industry. Repacked television stations will need to complete channel moves.

For SCETV’s engineering team, it means climbing towers up to 500 ft. high. Mark Jahnke, SCETV’s Vice President of Engineering says, “our tower climbers have been taking down old antennae off our towers. Most of the antennae that are being taken down are from analog microwave and transmission days of TV.”

The repack project will continue through 2020. To learn more: scetv.org/repack.