OMNi Operational on AMC-18
February 7, 2017
It's official! The five U.S. commercial radio networks who operate their own satellite systems are now up and running on the new AMC-18 at 105 degrees West Longitude. This is the long-term replacement for AMC-8 at 139 degrees West Longitude, which has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent C-band satellite at the same location.
The five networks - Learfield, Orbital Media Networks (OMNi), Premiere Networks, Skyview Networks, and Westwood One - now have their full complements of satellite-delivered programming available on their new frequencies on AMC-18. This includes all show titles, satellite channels, contact closures, PAD data, cue messages and file-delivery channels - the same ones you are familiar with from AMC-8.
It also includes programming from syndicators who lease their satellite time from these five companies. A partial list of those syndicated programs is included in our FAQ document at http://www.amc8migration.com/docs/RNUG_FAQ.pdf
February marks the five-month countdown to U.S. commercial radio programming being permanently removed from AMC-8 at 139 West. June 30, 2017, is the final date for all affiliates to have their satellite downlinks repointed to 105 West.