The Federal Communications Commission gave a handful of network affiliates, including WNBC-DT, another six-month waiver of a rule that could have allowed satellite-TV viewers in their markets to receive stations with similar network programming imported from another market. Also granted waivers were digital stations WSMH Flint, Mich. (Fox); KFTR Ontario, Calif. (TeleFutura); and KOGG Honolulu (NBC). Satellite operators can import a similar distant DTV-station signal to viewers who cannot receive a sufficiently strong signal from their local affiliate, based on satellite-company testing of those signals. The waiver means that signal testing cannot begin on the stations until at least Oct. 31. All four stations have had problems getting their DTV signals up and running at full strength and coverage.
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