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MAB Washington Legal Counsel David Oxenford is making his 2017 Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters available as a free download for MAB members.
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On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his annual State of the State address to Michigan citizens. In response to a survey of our members, the MAB will provide live feeds for both TV and radio stations to use.
TV: MAB will uplink the State of the State address for commercial television. The feed will be a clean (unanchored) feed, in HD and closed-captioned. House TV may be including a signer for the hard of hearing on the video feed.
Central Michigan University Television (WCMU-TV) will once again uplink the event for MAB with their mobile uplink/production truck.
TV Satellite Information:
2017 Michigan State of the State Address
January 17, 2017, Tuesday
All Times Eastern Standard Time:
TEST PERIOD 1400 – 1430
TEST PERIOD 1830 - 1900
PROGRAM 1900 – 2000 *APPROXIMATE OUT
Our plan, as in years past, is to prefeed the Democratic Party response during the test periods, and again exactly 90 seconds following the Governor's address (90 seconds after we fade to black).
Transponder time is booked until 2030.
CLEAN FEED/POOL FEED:
Coordinates: G16/24K 99 degrees
Downlink: 12189.0000 Vertical
Data rate: 19,392,658
FEC: 3 / 4
Symbol rate: 14,028,731
MPEG-2 Profile: 4:2:0
The feed will be closed captioned.
Video is 1080i @ 59.94 Hz field rate. (29.97 Hz frame rate).
Video encoding is CBR 17.5 Mbps MPEG-2, open GOP-12, PID 0x31.
MPEG program number is 3.
Main Program Audio is in 5.1 Dolby Digital (AC3) at 384 Kbps on PID 0x34.
Main Program Audio is in 2.0 Dolby Digital (AC3) at 384bps on PID 0x35.
Main Program Audio is in 2.0 MPEG encoding at 192Kbps on PID 0x36.
5.1 audio is up-converted
Radio: This year, through the cooperation of Michigan's Public Radio Broadcasters, the MAB is offering Michigan Public Radio Network's (MPRN) State of the State coverage to commercial broadcasters.
The MPRN Capitol Bureau staff, along with reporters from Michigan Public Radio stations will provide a 90-minute hosted broadcast from 7 to 8:30pm.
Commercial stations that wish to use this must air the following announcement before and after the broadcast: "Broadcast of the Governor's State of State address is provided by Michigan Public Radio Network. and this station."
Commercial stations may pick up the feed off-air from their area FM public radio station for rebroadcast. A complete list of public radio stations airing the MPRN State of the State Broadcast is listed below.
The feed (via WKAR-FM/East Lansing) will also be available via Internet here on the MAB website.
Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill 992, which sets up a legislative drone taskforce to develop statewide policy recommendations on the use/operation of drones.
SB 992 mandates that the taskforce must include a member recommended by the MAB to represent the broadcast industry.
The MAB along with the Michigan State Police, Michigan Telecommunication and Cable Association, Michigan Association of Realtors supported this legislation. The bills recognize the growing economic and commercial use of the unmanned aerial vehicles across a wide variety of industries. The legislation also balances the need for privacy and other considerations by prohibiting knowing and intentional harassment-type practices that interfere with the official duties of the first responders.