Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Winter Garden, FL USA
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WHAS-DT has begun running some test transmissions in high definition. On April 20th, 2002 WHAS-DT will make history with the first commercial HDTV broadcast in the state of Kentucky. For the first time ever the opening ceremonies of the Kentucky Derby Festival, "Thunder Over Louisville" will be broadcast in HDTV. After April 20th we plan to broadcast the majority of WHAS prime-time programming in Digital including ABC HDTV network programming.
This is actually true. WTVQ-DT 40 (ABC) in Lexington doesn't have the equipment, yet, to pass HD programming. WXIX-DT 29 (FOX) at best only shows FOX Widescreen (480p), but, they've not been able to do a good job of that from I understand (and from what I've seen the few times I've gotten a lock on them).
We all know WKPC-DT 17 (PBS) has been up for quite some time and has done some HD programming but that's not a commercial station. So, WHAS gets to claim some sort of first. I'll take it! :)