Channel 5 Broadcasting Syndicated Shows In HD
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GREEN BAY (WFRV) - WFRV-TV Channel 5 announced today that it has begun airing Ellen, Oprah, and Entertainment Tonight in High Definition on its digital channel. WFRV's full programming line-up now includes The Price is Right, The Young and the Restless, Ellen, Oprah, The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Entertainment Tonight and most CBS primetime shows including Survivor and 60 Minutes.
We converted our central facility from an analog room to a full HD room. said Perry Kidder, President and General Manager of WFRV. This is a very important step for the station, and the best part is the viewers will directly benefit from the new technology and clearly see the difference.
The upgrade included the addition of new computer servers capable of recording High Definition shows. The station began airing Oprah in HD last week, and launched Ellen and Entertainment Tonight this past Wednesday.
When these three major shows announced they were going to be in HD last spring, we began lining up our project to coincide with their launch, said Tom Swigert, Technical Operations Manager for WFRV. The pictures are gorgeous, and we're thrilled to bring these outstanding pictures to our viewers.
Swigert also added that the switch will also improve the picture quality of WFRV's analog signal. We are now taking our HD signal and downconverting it for Channel 5's analog transmitter, much like a digital converter box at home would do.
Channel 5, along with all television stations across the country, will cease broadcasting their analog signal on February 17, 2009. Information on the switch to digital broadcasting can be found on WFRV.Com at www.wfrv.com/dtv
The upgrade has the added benefit of news and weather crawls in HD. We are done switching to the square upconverted feed for a weather crawl, said Swigert. This project will now allow us to broadcast weather watches and warnings without interrupting the HD picture.
Ellen can be seen weekdays at 3pm, Oprah at 4pm, and Entertainment Tonight at 6:30pm on WFRV-TV Channel 5.
WFRV-TV has had a long list of television firsts. In addition to being the first station in the Northeast Wisconsin television market to provide local High Definition playback of shows and commercials, WFRV was also the first station in Northeast Wisconsin to broadcast a digital signal in 2003, the first station in the market to broadcast local news in color in 1965, and the first station in the world to broadcast a lunar eclipse live in 1959.http://www.wfrv.com/news/local/story...e-8ac3fd6f1d38