Thanks for the "welcomes", folks. Maine is a very pretty state, if only it will warm up! Started to feel like home last week (had been hitting the hundreds regularly for about a month when we left!), but it seems to have cooled off a bit.
I've updated my Maine DTV Summary; haven't found a place to post it on the web yet. It isn't FULLY updated, but I thought I would post it now. One of the additions was to ask the stations with analog VHF what their intentions are for post-analog service -- if they were going to relocate their DTV broadcast down the the opened VHF channel. Both WCBB PBS out of Augusta and WGME CBS are planning to do so. I haven't gotten responses from NBC or ABC yet, but Craig Clark of WGME CBS tells me that they are. When I get notice from the respective stations, I'll update them.
I don't have any info on the New Hampshire stations outside of FCC listings and TitanTV -- folks in southern Cumberland County and York County may be able to pull them in.
Here is the list:The Central and Southern Maine DTV Summary
ERP = effective radiated power
STA = special temporary authority
Where I give two numbers for ERP, the first is the special temporary authority (usually a lower power than); the second in parentheses is the full rating
Where I have two channel assignments, the assignment in parenthesis is either a requested change in DTV assignment or the channel the station will revert to when analog goes away. I have not bothered to check the future status of stations with both analog and digital channel assignments in the UHF. I don't (can't) gauarantee that noted channel assignment changes will be made, however, this is what station employees have told me.
Comments by the listed contacts are in quotes plus italics; my comments are in regular text.
I'm adding to the list the stations in Bangor (I'm told they may be receivable in Lewiston, where I am moving to) from Jay Ireland's Bangor Post:Portland Area Stations:WPME-DT UPN 28 ERP 215 kW NOT YET LIVEWPXT-DT WB 4 (43) ERP 10 kW NOT YET LIVE
Roy Oulette email@example.com
Our frequencies and power levels did not pass Canadian Coordination so we do not have construction permits for either station. I'm not sure when we will be able to put a digital carrier on the air. We have now entered goverment "red tape" land with the proviso of cross-border relations.(2/03)
WPXT-DT has requested their channel allocation be changed from 4 to 43. Because the request has not been granted or denied (it has to work through both Canadian and US red tape) they were granted a construction permit extension. The hardware required to transmit a signal is channel-dependent, so until they are assigned a channel, they cannot purchase the hardware to transmit.
WPME-DT has apparently requested that their ERP be increased from 215 kW to 1000 kW. As far as I know, the request has not yet been acted on. I'm not sure why this would hold them up, the delay in operation may be due to something else.
WGME-DT CBS 38 (13) 500 kW ERP STA (1000 kW ERP) LIVE
Craig Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
WGME-DT is broadcasting on two subchannels.
38-1 is CBS Simulcast Analog, live 24/7
38-2 is the CBS Network High Definition Channel, live from 12:00PM to 12:30AM
When the analog switch is turned off by the FCC, WGME-DT will be relocated from UHF 38 to VHF 13.
WMTW-DT ABC 46 (8) 501 kW ERP STA (1000 kW ERP) LIVE
Amy Picucci email@example.com
Jack Conner firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Engineering
Regarding the date WMTW will be able to pass network HD through to
our viewers, it is not set in stone at this time. Most likely, it will be later
this year or early next year." (Jack Conner, 7/03)
When the analog switch is turned off by the FCC, WMTW-DT will be relocated from UHF 46 to VHF 8.
WCSH-DT NBC 44 500 kW ERP STA (1000 kW ERP) LIVE
Mike Marshall email@example.com
Programming and Promotion Manager
Dave Mundee firstname.lastname@example.org
On-air 12:00 PM to 12:35 AM, passing high definition feed when available
Still need confirmation of DTV relocation to channel 6.
WCBB-DT PBS (Augusta) 17 (10) 27.9 kW ERP LIVEWMEA-DT PBS (Biddeford) 45 50 kW ERP LIVE
Dave Roy email@example.com
Director of Telecommunications, Maine Public Broadcasting
The content of all Maine DTV PBS stations is identical.
Maine PBS broadcasts on 4 subchannels.
Subchannel 1 is Maine PBS, a simulcast of analog Maine PBS. It is off-air between 1:00AM and 6:00AM.
Subchannel 2 is Maine PBS You, an educational channel.
Subchannel 3 is Maine PBS Kids, childrens' programming.
Subchannel 4 is Maine PBS Plus, national PBS programs.
Currently Maine PBS does not have any HD programming on as next to nothing is available. Next fall there will be more and it will air in the regular Maine PBS schedule on subchannel 1. PBS plans to have HD programming every night during prime time starting fall of 2005.
When the analog switch is turned off by the FCC, WCBB-DT will be relocated from UHF 17 to VHF 10.
WPFO-TV FOX 23 No digital assignment
WPFO-TV went live after DTV assignments were made. When analog broadcasting goes away, WPFO will begin broadcasting in DTV on its formerly analog station.
WENH-DT PBS (Durham, NH) 57 589kW ERP Live
WENH-DT apparently carries the PBS demo signal (TitanTV.com)
WPXG-DT PAX (Concord, NH) 33 100kW ERP Not Yet Live
WPXG is a satellite of WBPX in Boston. They have filed a number of extension requests because WBPX is trying to move its analog broadcast from 68 to its digital assignment of 32. Apparently they are worried about the 700 MHz band being cleared for auction prior to the analog switch off. It isn't clear what stage WPXG is in, however, the unreliable TitanTV says they are scheduled for August 5. This may simply be when the latest CP Extension runs out.
Cable Television:Adelphia Cable (Androscoggin County, Parts of York County)
does not carry High Definition at this time.Time Warner Digital Cable (Most of Cumberland County, Parts of York County)
carries HD Showtime and HBO (East and West), and DiscoveryHD. They have all four of Maine PBS' subchannels, but it isn't clear to me whether they are from an analog or digital source (they are not labled as HDTV in the channel lineup, and do not seem to require an HD STB). iN DEMAND HD PPV is expected to soon follow.Bangor Area Stations:WVII-DT (ABC) 4 0.84kW ERP STA (532kW ERP) LIVE
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgWABI-DT (CBS) 19 34kW ERP STA (363kW ERP) LIVE
Contact: email@example.comWLBZ-DT (NBC) 25 500kW ERP STA (1000kW ERP) LIVE
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgWMEB-DT (PBS) 9 15kW ERP LIVE
HD/SDTV Multicast Analog
"It is important to note that ABC and CBS are not currently capable of passing their respective networks HDTV programming to the local market due to the economics of acquiring the necessary hardware.
I have emailed all the local stations and have not found much enthusiasm with HDTV technical correspondence, replies are more of a customer service response not a genuine interest in HDTV."
Additions, subtractions, corrections and updates to DrJoe on the AVS Forum or email@example.com