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I just spoke with Fred Engel, Director of Engineering at WTTW. He says that they have no plans to air the HD demo loop regularly, and that we may see it from time to time, but they plan to just pass through the SD feed most of the time for now.
I then asked about multicasting, and he said that they already have more encoders and that they are considering multicasting, but that it would be a little while before a decision is made. I didn't hassle him on a particular date, but said that it would be nice to have several shows available at once, as they're doing in Milwaukee.
About making more shows in HD like Chicago by L, they definitely plan on doing that. I told him how great it was, and he said that making more HD shows locally is a big priority. In addition, they will be passing through other HD programming from PBS affiliates around the country.
And as for studio news being in HD, he didn't expect that to happen for several years.