Radio receivers become fan favorites for Green Bay Packers
Oct 27, 2014

Ken Belson, NY Times

GREEN BAY, Wis. — At a time when sports teams are stumbling over themselves to speed up the Wi-Fi signals in their stadiums — lending tablet computers to well-heeled fans and creating apps so that fans can order hot dogs on their smartphones — there is something refreshingly quaint about the radios the Packers are giving to some of their fans.

The radios, half-dollar-size radio receivers that mount on one’s ear, can be used only on game days and only within or near Lambeau Field, the Packers’ stadium. The receivers pick up only three channels: WTMJ, the team’s official radio station, based in Milwaukee; the audio from the television network broadcasting the game; and the audio from NFL RedZone, a cable channel that shows highlights from around the league. READ MORE

U.S. TV Airwaves Auction for Smartphones Delayed to 2016
Oct 27, 2014

Todd Shields, Bloomberg

The Federal Communications Commission delayed to early 2016 an auction of U.S. airwaves surrendered by television stations that’s intended to help feed the growing number of smartphones and tablets.

A lawsuit by broadcasters over auction procedure has “introduced uncertainty,” Gary Epstein, who leads the agency’s incentive auction team, said in a blog post today.

Broadcasters have told a court that TV stations that don’t volunteer airwaves for the auction may lose audience because the FCC will unfairly reduce their coverage area.

“We reject suggestions that our narrowly focused lawsuit is cause for delay,” said Dennis Wharton, spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters, a Washington-based trade group. “We look forward to a speedy resolution of our legal challenge and a successful auction that preserves access to free and local TV.” READ MORE

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