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The prospect of getting HDTV in his area in the near future appears dim. I corresponded with the WSFA program manager via email. He was not much help-- even bordered on being arrogant in his reply. He indicated that WSFA would be transmitting digital signals by the end of this year.<Don't hold your breath>. He didn't mention HDTV. I also asked for a waiver to receive HDTV from Dish. Of course, he refused. It seems our local television stations are not willing to provide us quality signals but are quick to prevent us from getting them elsewhere. It really galls me. Has anyone had similar responses from other TV stations in this area. Any additonal information would be welcome..

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Is there no one interested in or willing to share information on the status of HDTV in the Montgomery, AL area? Surely someone in this area has attempted to contact local Montgomery stations regarding HDTV transmission. If so, let us hear from you.

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WAKA twice denied my request for a waiver to get the CBS DishNetwork feed. The station manager basically told me that they would not do digital until the cable companies agreed to carry their analog and digital signals.
WSFA told me the same thing they told you, sounded like maybe a digital
signal at some point but not HD. The ABC and FOX stations didn't respond
to my e-mails. The Montgomery PBS station is, apparently, already sending
out a digital signal (at what power and if it is high def, I don't know-I haven't verified this as I don't have an 8vsb tuner for the DishNetwork 6000). I feel like you that the future of HD (or even digital) televsion for this area is not good. Stan
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WAKA twice denied my request for a waiver to get the CBS DishNetwork feed. The station manager basically told me that they would not do digital until the cable companies agreed to carry their analog and digital signals. I feel like you that the future of HD (or even digital) televsion for this area is not good. Stan
That's about as depressing news as it gets. When WAKA and the other TV stations accepted the free bandwidth from the government, I don't believe that "waiting until cable carried their signals" entered into the agreement. I am to the point of writing Shelby, Sessions, and Riley regarding this problem. Problaby won't do much good but at least they can't claim ignorance when approached about the problem.

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The digital transition seems to be moving along in both North (Huntsville)
and South (Mobile) Alabama but things in central Alabama don't seem favorable to digital. And, from the lack of responses from people from this area on this and other forums, it appears that most people in this area
area are satisfied with the current TV standard. I agree contacting our
legislators will let them know that there is some concern, but, I'm afraid,
contact from only a few voters, will not have much affect. As far as our local
broadcasters, there's really not much financial incentive to convert to digital
transmission. We're talking about an upfront outlay of 1-2 million dollars.
I'm not sure what the answer for small markets is.
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I've e-mailed 3 of the major stations here in Birmingham and haven't received a reply from any of them about the status of HDTV here.

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The digital transition seems to be moving along in both North (Huntsville)
and South (Mobile) Alabama but things in central Alabama don't seem favorable to digital. And, from the lack of responses from people from this area on this and other forums, it appears that most people in this area
area are satisfied with the current TV standard. I agree contacting our
legislators will let them know that there is some concern, but, I'm afraid,
contact from only a few voters, will not have much affect. As far as our local
broadcasters, there's really not much financial incentive to convert to digital
transmission. We're talking about an upfront outlay of 1-2 million dollars.
I'm not sure what the answer for small markets is.
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I thought things might be moving along a little better in the B'ham area
than in this area (Montgomery). Maybe not. I guess we need some type of a "grassroots" movement, but I'm not sure there are enought people
in this area interested to make much of a movement.
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Did anyone read the USA Today article on the progress of Digital broadcasting? It indicated that we in central Alabama are not alone when it comes to local broadcasters going digital. As far as I am concerned, I don't care if the locals ever go digital. I just want to right to get HDTV or digital signals from other sources. If these stations have no intention of improving their signals, then at least allow us the opportunity to get our signals elsewhere.:mad:

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I agree. I'm able to get a newspaper from anywhere in the world, buy products from anywhere in the world (even though the same product is produced or grown here), etc. I know this is not a perfect analogy and that
there are protected markets, but, why shouldn't I be able to get a TV signal
that is in the air when I am willing to pay for it and when my local stations
are not willing to offer the same type of signal. I know there is not a right to receive a TV signal but I should be allowed to receive what is available.
Well, that's my little rant for the day.
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3 people in this area interested in HDTV. No wonder the broadcasters aren't feeling pressure from viewers.
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Make that four people!

What are your thoughts on this:
http://www.wbrc.com/about/hdtv.shtml

Think its going to happen?

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That does sound positive, and, with an outside antenna, I might be able to
pick up the broadcast from Red Mountain (I live between Wetumpka and Millbrook). I would be happier if the CBS station made this announcement
(as Fox broadcasts no HDTV, only 480p). If only some of the Montgomery stations would get on the bandwagon.
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Saw another article on digital TV in USA Today. It was a pro and Con argument. Looks like Broadcasters are looking for every possible excuse to explain why they are not actively trying to convert to digital as per their agreement for accepting additional bandwidth at no cost. Does anyone know how many and which stations in the Montgomery area even bothered to file for an extension? There seems to be no meaniful penality for those who don't. So...why bother.:mad:

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