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Yep, it sounds like a lie about not being able to show it during the week. Last year I watched the Masters on at least Friday & I think on Thursday too. They had other (regular) programming on their analog channel I'm pretty sure. Plus the fact that you are correct in that yesterday & today they managed to show two different broadcasts of the Masters; one on the digital station & the other on 19 analog. So, in fact they were capable of two different shows at the same time in the past (last year) & also managed to pull it off yesterday & today. So I'd like to see how they can substantiate their lame answer for why they couldn't show it Thursday & Friday. Yes our WOIO is very bad. They could however have a valid point if indeed they must transmit at a lower level because of channel 10 in Detroit. That is possible & unavoidable for them if that's the case.
In all honesty, as far as the CBS broadcast of The Masters goes, keep in mind that Mitsubishi sponsors & pays for equipment & because an 18 hole golf course is so big, they simply don't have enough money or HD cameras to have everything in HD. It's impossible at this time really & I can't blame them for that. I can blame them for not having any replays during their broadcast of the Masters in HDTV (I didn't see any). What I also can blame CBS for is having SD shots during the NCAA championship games. It doesn't take many HD Camera in a small area to be able to show ONLY HD. That was LAME. As far as the golf goes though, just try to imagine trying to cover every possible area where golf balls might land. Then double that effort because they need different views of the same exact shot. Minimum you are talking 3-5 HD camera on most holes just to cover the path of the ball, not including multiple angles. Maybe par 3's would need only two but even that might not cut it if someone puts one in the trees. So even at that level, you are talking 60-90 HD cameras that would be needed to cover the whole thing in HD 100%. No way can they do that at this stage of the game. The cost would be out of this world. So maybe that explains the SD a bit.
I'm 100% with ya on everything but the golf thing though & I hope WOIO can at least give us constancy even if they can't give a stronger signal. Flipping the switch as HDTV programming starts instead of 5 minutes into the show. Flipping the switch after commercials. Doing more to improve the signal even if their hands are tied. Showing as much HD content as they can. These are the things they need to fix as soon as possible!!