Your local over-the-air TV station — the one that brings you news, local weather and TV shows — may have already taken the first steps to go off the air. The Washington Post reports that preparations may be going on behind the scenes because of a federal deadline that was reached Tuesday night.
That was the last day that TV stations could sign up for a spectrum auction designed to raise billions in revenue for the government. CBS, NBC and many other TV operators are planning to participate in the auction.
When the auction is over, TV stations that sold their spectrum will either change channels, share channels with another TV station … or simply go off the air, the story reports. A station that’s struggling financially is more likely to take that latter step. We’ll know who they are in March, when operators begin selling their spectrum rights.
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