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FCC approves TV technology that gives better pictures but less privacy

The system uses precision broadcasting and targets emergency or weather alerts on a street-by-street basis. The system could allow broadcasters to wake up a receiver to broadcast emergency alerts. The alerts could include maps, storm tracks and evacuation routes. – David Shepardson, Reuters http://ift.tt/2yPcroA
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FCC: Local TV and radio stations don’t need local studios

The Federal Communications Commission is scrapping the decades-old rule requiring local TV and radio stations to maintain a studio in or near the communities they serve. Critics claim the move will benefit media conglomerates seeking consolidation, and diminish the quality of local reporting. “Technology allows broadcast stations to produce local news even without a nearby studio,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. – Saqib Shah, Engadget http://ift.tt/2idQKYo

Where’s the antenna support on streaming-TV boxes?

Antenna use is on the rise. According to Parks Associates Research, 15 percent of U.S. homes with broadband service used an antenna instead of traditional pay TV service in Q3 2016, up from around 10 percent a couple years earlier. Over-the-air has become so prevalent that Nielsen is now tracking antenna channel viewership in many markets, as it does with cable. – Jared Newman, TechHive http://ift.tt/2hQjfi4

Mexican TV Is Interfering with Rural Broadband in California

Across the country, 41 percent of Indigenous peoples living on reservations don’t have access to fixed high-speed internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission’s most recent report. Indigenous peoples living in rural areas are even worse off, with 68 percent lacking access to broadband. Some issues are basically universal: Reservations are less-densely populated, and as sovereign nations, telecom companies would need to negotiate with each tribe individually. But certain tribes face unexpected challenges that go beyond the typical. – Kaleigh Rogers, MOTHERBOARD http://ift.tt/2hmIMvo

Plex brings its Live TV streaming service to Apple TV and Android, adds time-shifting

Plex’s Live TV service, by way of background, offers an alternative of sorts to the current plethora of live TV streaming services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Hulu Live TV, Vue and YouTube TV. But instead of offering “skinny bundles” that combine local broadcast stations with top cable TV channels delivered over the internet, Plex’s service focuses only on those stations you can pick up with an HD antenna you install yourself at home. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch http://ift.tt/2uYGCZt

See if your local TV stations can be seen on your streaming provider

An important caveat: Many services offer on-demand shows from those networks, often with a day or two delay, even if the live network affiliate isn’t available. But that doesn’t help much if you want to watch the local news or live sports, such as football. (Many local stations throughout the country also offer apps on Roku and other devices that deliver live or tape-delayed on-demand versions of just the local news, too.) – David Katzmaier, CNET http://ift.tt/2uDI4CD
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