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Sun Outages

Posted By twilson

It is that time of year again, We are starting to see Sun Outages, this means spring is coming. What are Sun Outages? A Sun outage, Sun transit, or Sun fade is an interruption in or distortion of geostationary satellite signals caused by interference (background noise) of the sun when it falls directly behind a satellite which an earth station is trying to receive data from or transmit data to. It usually occurs briefly to such satellites twice per year.Sun outages occur before the March equinox (in February and March) and after the September equinox (in September and October) for the Northern Hemisphere, and occur after the March equinox and before the September equinox for the Southern Hemisphere. At these times, the apparent path of the Sun across the sky takes it directly behind the line of sight between an earth station and a satellite. The Sun radiates strongly across the entire spectrum, including the microwave frequencies used to communicate with satellites (C band, Ku band, and Ka band), so the Sun swamps the signal from the satellite. The effects of a Sun outage range from partial degradation to total destruction of the signal. The effect sweeps from north to south from approximately 20 February to 20 April, and from south to north from approximately 20 August to 20 October, affecting any specific location for less than 12 minutes a day for a few consecutive days.

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Schedule of when programs are moving to the cable box platforms.

Posted By twilson

This is a tentative schedule of when programs are moving from basic cable without a cable box, to the cable box environment. Due to the FCC orders regarding the clearing/consolidating of the lower 300 MHz of C-Band satellite frequencies and associated hardware changes. Also in addition to new requirements from content owners to move video feeds to a encrypted format. The change to a set top box delivery for your content has become necessary. We have been using this platform for delivery of our Expanded cable packages along with services like Cinemax, HBO, Showtime and Stars/Encore. The cable box environment provides a interactive guild and the additional options such as DVR services.

On September 30th we began the process of transitioning services. Below is a schedule of what services are move when. While this timetable is not set in stone due to scheduling with the content providers, satellite down link controller schedules and our headend staffs schedules. This is a close time table and will be adjusted as needed.

On 9/30/2020 the following channels moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 20 QVC
  • Channel 31 Nickelodeon
  • Channel 34 Paramount

On 10/23/2020 the following channels moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 9 WGN America
  • Channel 29 VH1
  • Channel 66 Comedy Central

On 11/20/2020 the following channels moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 37 MTV
  • Channel 51 Great American Country
  • Channel 52 CMT

On 12/20/2020 the following channels moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 48 NHL

On 1/25/2021 the following channels moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 18 Outdoor Channel
  • Channel 40 Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
  • Channel 58 TV Land
  • Channel 65 Nicktoons

On 2/17/2021 the following channels moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 22 The Weather Channel
  • Channel 23 Major League Baseball
  • Channel 30 SyFy
  • Channel 27 A&E

On 3/9/2021 the following channels will be moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 36 Animal Planet
  • Channel 38 TLC
  • Channel 43 Hallmark Drama
  • Channel 63 Nat Geo
  • Channel 64 Travel Channel

On 3/23/2021 the following channels will be moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 2 Food Network
  • Channel 25 ESPN 2
  • Channel 35 HGTV
  • Channel 41 FX
  • Channel 55 CNBC

On 4/6/2021 the following channels will be moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 4 Classic Arts
  • Channel 47 Big 10

On 4/20/2021 the following channels will be moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 21 Discovery
  • Channel 26 USA
  • Channel 24 ESPN
  • Channel 62 History

On 5/4/2021 the following channels will be moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 28 Lifetime
  • Channel 33 Hallmark Channel
  • Channel 39 Fox News
  • Channel 54 AMC

On 5/18/2021 the following channels will be moved to the set top box platform.

  • Channel 15 TBS
  • Channel 16 CNN
  • Channel 17 HLN
  • Channel 32 TNT

On a date in June yet to be determined the remainder of the programming will transition to the cable boxes.

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  • 2 months ago

Information New Programming

WGN America Rebrand to NewsNation March 1, 2021

Posted By twilson

Beginning March 1, the NewsNation weeknight primetime lineup will be as follows:

  • 6-7 p.m. ET: “NewsNation Early Edition with Nichole Berlie”- Rapid fire news updates from around the country, all in one fast hour.
  • 7-8 p.m. ET: “The Donlon Report” – Mix of news and interviews with today’s top newsmakers, covering the biggest stories in news, sports, entertainment and culture.
  • 8-10 p.m. ET: “NewsNationPrime”- Formerly “NewsNation”, “NewsNationPrime” will continue delivering special features and complete coverage of the day’s events.
  • 10-11 p.m. ET: “Banfield”- Award-winning journalist Ashleigh Banfield’s nightly talk show, with in-depth interviews with major newsmakers, politicians and celebrities.

Please check out the below link for all the latest information and details on the Network’s rebrand, new programming, and latest updates: LINK: Expanded NewsNation Information

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  • 2 months ago


What Is going on? Why is it all changing? The C-Band Repurposing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G and its impact on your cable.

Posted By twilson


This morning, Chairman Pai shared with his fellow Commissioners draft rules that would reform the use of the C-band and make a large amount of spectrum available for 5G, the next generation of wireless technology. The C-band is a 500 megahertz segment of spectrum from 3.7 to 4.2 GHz, which is now mostly used by fixed satellite companies to beam content to video and audio broadcasters, cable systems, and other content distributors. However, satellite companies don’t need the entire C-band to provide the services they are providing today. They can provide the same services with less bandwidth, which would free up a significant amount of spectrum for 5G. Chairman Pai’s draft rules would make the lower 280 megahertz of the C-band available for flexible use, including 5G, through a public auction. Existing satellite operations would be repacked into the upper 200 megahertz of the band with relocation costs covered. This strikes the appropriate balance between making available critical mid-band spectrum for 5G and protecting incumbent uses. This would be the Commission’s most significant action yet to repurpose mid-band airwaves and would represent a critical step toward securing United States leadership in 5G. It would quickly free up a significant amount of spectrum for next-generation wireless services, and it would generate significant revenue for the U.S. Treasury. The full Commission will vote on this Report and Order on February 28, 2020 at the FCC’s Open Meeting.

Repacking the Spectrum

Chairman Pai’s plan would repurpose most of the C-band for 5G deployment while ensuring current users of the spectrum could continue to provide their services. The proposed rules would clear the lower 280 megahertz of the C-band (3.7-3.98 GHz) and make it available for flexible use, including 5G. The 20 megahertz above that (3.98-4 GHz) would serve as a guard band. And existing satellite operations would be repacked into the upper 200 megahertz of the band (4.0-4.2 GHz). Incumbent satellite operators in the C-band have told the Commission that the upper 200 megahertz of the band would be sufficient for them to continue providing their current services to customers.

Public Auction

The FCC would hold a public auction of the lower 280 MHz of the C-band. The FCC has a 25-year track record of transparent and successful auctions, conducting 93 spectrum auctions and generating $116 billion in revenue for the U.S. Treasury. Public auctions have not only proven to be an effective tool for repurposing spectrum fairly, they can do so quickly. The Commission has the infrastructure in place for an auction to start later this year, and Chairman Pai is proposing that the Commission begin the C-band auction on December 8 2020.


Schedule Eligible satellite operators would have the option to clear according to the following accelerated timeline: (1) clearing 120 megahertz (3.7-3.82 GHz) by September 2021 in 46 of the nation’s top 50 Partial Economic Areas; and (2) clearing the remaining 180 megahertz (3.82-4.0 GHz) in those areas as well as all 300 megahertz (3.7-4.0 GHz) in the rest of the contiguous United States by September 2023. Under the accelerated timeframe, 5G deployments could happen in the lower 100 megahertz of the C Band in 46 of the nation’s top 50 Partial Economic Areas by September 2021 and in the remaining spectrum by September 2023. This is much sooner than September 2025.

A New Model
What will be required of a new distribution model should C-band satellite effectively disappear from the skies above the United States?

  • It must provide a terrestrial path to cable headends, local stations and, ideally, home viewers without deploying costly new network infrastructure.
  • It must deliver the same high technical quality and reliability as satellite has long offered.
  • It must offer the multi-cast (one to many) economic benefits of satellite distribution, and the one-stop-shop benefits of a service managed by a single vendor.

Global IP Transport
It is a daunting list of requirements Global IP Transport uses a mix of technologies – MPLS, the public internet and satellite –to deliver stable, high-quality video feeds under almost any network conditions. Making that possible are:

  • An intelligent management platform that selects transmission paths based on availability and monitors and routes around internet congestion, supported by video recovery algorithms and strong encryption.
  • IP multicast for multipoint distribution of common content.
  • Edge devices featuring full H.265 4:2:2 encoding and decoding to ensure superior video quality (SD, HD, and future UHD and 4K) at lower bandwidths and offering both SRT and RIST interoperability.
  • An end-to-end managed service from multiple network operations centers staffed by highly-qualified technicians and engineers.

Reaching Wherever Your Content Goes
Cable Operators serve audiences from the dense centers of cities to the most rural reaches of the county. Programming traverses MPLS fiber networks where available and the public internet where needed. For headends and stations in broadband-poor markets, a Ku-band satellite solution managed by the same network management platform. By mixing best-of-breed technologies, there is always a way to deliver content.

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  • 2 months ago


The transition has begun.

Posted By twilson

Sister Lakes Cable has begun the process of moving to all cable box environment for all TV Programing. Please watch channel 99 for updates on what stations are moving and when they will be transitioned.

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Programming Changes

Posted By twilson

In preparation for future upgrades and moving forward with the times. Effective 12/19/2018 All analog broadcast will end on Sister Lakes Cable. These channels have been simulcast in digital HD for several years now.  These changes are required for future growth of Internet and HD video services that will be launching in 2019.

Channel 5 is 17.11

Channel 6  is 22.1

Channel 7 is 57.11

Channel 8 is  16.1

Channel 10 is 46.1

Channel 13 is 28.1

Channel 16 is 22.2

Channel 19 is 34.1

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DMX Music Channels

Posted By twilson

DMX Music in working with multiple sites has agreed to extend their operational lifespan to 03/31/2019.

The rates under the DMX – Sister Lakes Cable Affiliation Agreement have remained unchanged for over 10 years.  DMX recently notified Sister Lakes Cable that the fees DMX is paying for HITS Transport to deliver the DMX signal to Sister Lakes Cable have increased over the years to a point where they are losing money on continuing to provide DMX via HITS  Transport to Sister Lakes Cable.  Given the increased delivery costs, DMX has informed Sister Lakes Cable that they will be discontinuing delivery of DMX Music Channels to Sister Lakes Cable.

These Changes will occur on 03/31/2019

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Spike Channel re-branding to Paramount Network

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Sister Lakes Cable Subscribers,

On January 4th we were notified by Viacom Media (owners of Spike TV) that Spike will be renamed to Paramount Network as of January 18, 2018.



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  • over 3 years ago


Notice of Discontinuation of the Chiller Programing Service

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NBCU has now officially determined that they will cease distribution of Chiller effective January 1, 2018. This was a decision made by NBCU and will effect all TV and Satellite providers world wide.

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  • over 3 years ago


WSBT Programing Rates

Posted By twilson

Dear Sister Lakes Cable Subscriber,

This Article is being provided to help the consumer understand how the local broadcasters  can and do impact your cable bill.

First lets look at the how and why a Broadcast station can impact your cable bill.

Retransmission consent is a provision of the 1992 United States Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act that requires cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to obtain permission from broadcasters before carrying their programming.

A broadcast station (or its affiliated/parent broadcast network) may propose that the cable operator, such as Sister Lakes Cable, pay cash to carry the station or ask for any other form of consideration, such as an additional channel for supplementary programs. The cable operator may also refuse the broadcaster’s proposal, in which case the station may refuse to allow the cable operator to retransmit its signal.

The Communications Act requires that a television station give its consent to a cable system or other multi-channel video programming distributor (MVPD) to carry its broadcast signal.  Television stations and cable systems, as well as satellite carriers, negotiate for this “retransmission consent” and money or other consideration is generally exchanged between the parties in these private negotiations.  If the parties do not produce an agreement in time, they may decide to extend the existing agreement, which means they would continue to carry the stations during their negotiations.  If they do not reach an agreement, then the cable system or other MVPD must stop offering the stations to their subscribers.

Now lets talk about who is driving prices for the programs you are watching. Sinclair Broadcasting may not be a name you hear often. Here is a bit of their Bio from their website.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. Sinclair owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to more television stations than anyone and has affiliations with all the major networks. In addition, Sinclair is the leading local news provider in the country, as well as a producer of sports content. Sinclair owns a multicast network, four radio stations and a cable network. Sinclair’s broadcast content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms.  Sinclair, either directly or through its venture subsidiaries, makes equity investments in strategic companies. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. was founded in 1986, went public in 1995 and is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol SBGI. Sinclair Proudly announces  they own 193 television stations, 575 Channels of programming in 89 markets in the United States.

Some will recall WSBT just recently  acquired WSJV’s Fox.  This was acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting the parent company.

Now we have addressed the legal side of why and the who we are dealing with we need to look at why negotiations are important to help keep costs down.

    • Retransmission fees are the #1 driver of increases in cable prices for consumers these days.
    • Sinclair already gets some of the highest rates in the country; their rates increased over 40% per subscriber last year alone.
    • As a result, customers’ bills will increase to the point where they may be a burden to many.

Congress, in Section 325 of the Communications Act, sought to reduce the likelihood that TV viewers would face this roadblock. The law requires broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to negotiate for retransmission consent in good faith. Congress gave the Commission the authority to keep an eye on these negotiations, and our rules include a two-part framework to determine whether broadcasters and MVPDs are negotiating in good faith.

  • First, the Commission has established a list of nine objective standards, the violation of which is considered a per se breach of the good faith negotiation obligation.
  • Second, even if the specific standards are met, the Commission may consider whether, based on the totality of the circumstances, a party failed to negotiate retransmission consent in good faith.

What we have seen as good faith at this point is take it or leave it.  Our Co-Op the NCTC has issued this statement our retransmission consent negotiations with Sinclair Broadcast Group have reached an impasse and our discussions with them have ceased. How can Good Faith negotiations fail, Simple they want more of your money and we are fighting to keep your costs down.

So as one to ask for help in this fight, I am going to provide a few contacts at Sinclair if people would wish to weigh in on your cable bill increasing.

Corporate Headquarter can be reached by phone at (410)568-1500

David B. Gibber  VP/Depuity General Counsel can be reached by phone at (410) 568-1693 or emailed at dbgibber@sbtv.com

Lee Schlazer  by phone at (310) 430-7530  or emailed at lschlazer@sbgtv.com



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