The following info is crossposted from the "Sightings of Truly New HD Programs on PBS?" thread, as a heads-up to those of us who are waiting impatiently for dinnertime tomorrow.
Since news broke on the 11th of this event happening Monday, I've been curious as to why my local station (WGBH) that runs the "PBS HD Channel" had not yet changed its schedule to include the NewsHour broadcast. So I did a little digging, and came up with this article
that seems to say (in the comments section, so scroll down) that the NewsHour feeds will be part of a new DT3A feed instead of the usual DT2A (PBS HD) feed. The following quote seems to indicate that local stations will be able to decide between the DT3A and DT2A feeds:
The launch of DT3A will not have an immediate impact on the DT2A schedule - the PBS HD Channel. However, with the addition of NEWSHOUR feeds and other material on DT3A, it will become important for your station to take into account what feeds are on both DT3A and DT2A to determine your local HD service.
That comment (by Keith York) was written back in October, so local stations should have known about this for some time, and adjusted their schedules accordingly.
So since it was now the weekend, I did a bit more digging and checked the schedules of FIFTY Public Television stations. This represents 49 states and the District of Columbia (Delaware seems not to have a PBS station, at least not one in the PBS website schedule database, and I have Arlington, VA's WETA standing in for DC).
Of those 50 stations, 34 run the national (DT2A) "PBS HD Channel" feed (or some rearranged version of it). Of those 34, a total of FIVE have the NewsHour in their HD channel schedules for next week (including, as you'd expect, show producer WETA).
As I said in the other thread (and the blog reference by my sig), I'm hoping
that what I've reported here is just one large scheduling bug (the schedulers are presumably used to just putting up the DT2A feed as-is) and that the engineers at the various stations are planning to cut in with the other feed, but I fear otherwise. If so, this means that 45 stations (90% of my sample) will be running the NewsHour only on their digital simulcasts, which may not be available to cable viewers (WGBH-DT - our local simulcast in Boston - is not). From what I've gathered, some but certainly not all simulcasts pass on a true HD signal, many others pass only a straight upconvert of the analog signal (again, that's the case with WGBH-DT).
So, if the schedules are right, I am out of luck when it comes to seeing the NewsHour in HD tomorrow, and many of you may be as well. I would be very interested in hearing what your local schedule says, and whether it turns out to have been right.