Originally Posted by scowl
Our Fox affiliate still can't do this right. When they cut into network programming to promote their local news, we always see a screen full of garbage macroblocks for a second and another spray of garbage macroblocks when they switch back to the network. Apparently they're using a toggle switch.
They're running an incorrectly setup Fox Splicer (Probably made a change to the program stream and never informed Fox TOC of it...). Every Fox affiliate in the US, including mine, uses the exact same piece of gear to go in and out of network. We don't have any pixelization on ours.
Back on topic, around where I am, I'd say 50% of the HD stations which were on, under Citadel, have been shut off, and have never returned since.
The stations still do HD legal IDs but they're not running HD.
The HD2s in the market from the CC stations here are Smooth Jazz, Alternative Rock, and Classic Rock. The three are Clear Channel's
premium choice product, which isn't half bad. Some banter, imaging,
and music intensive programming. I listen to the Alt Rock one off and on,
when the mood hits.
I think the big issue is, the promotion sucks for it. People don't know about it because of the way it's been promoted. The "station between the stations" gimmick was a real winner. The primary stations need to run a "taste of the HD2" type thing on a slower weekend, put the HD2 on the main for a weekend, tease the listeners with what they can get. The problem is , for radio people, especially in this still poor economy, is there is no ROI on HD radio yet (Unless youre an AM simulcast or doing a translator feed), so it's a tough sell.
And I am sorry to those here who are fans of it, but can we finally kill AM HD all ready? Use the money spent on AM HD towards FM HD improvements instead? Outside of one radio disney station in Boston, I have yet to hear AM HD which sounds good to me. It's just too artifical sounding.