Haven't forgot about this, just been putting in some longer then expected hours at work.
I'm surprised your comment about ABC as they have as much decent programming as CBS does.
As far as the 'kidde' network CW and the other one, MyTV (whatever it is) no loss there. How about WPXJ, they offer the most HD material of all of the 'locals', just the opposite of WNYO & especially WNLO.
It's too bad you are out of range (I assume) of Toronto since there is a decent selection of their programming available (if you look for it) and movies, especially on CHCH.
I have no interest in the type of programming PBS provides. Since NYPD Blue ended, on ABC I've watched LA Dragnet, Invasion and Flash Forward and nothing else. I think Dragnet lasted two seasons, the other two shows lasted one. I could not name one current primetime show on ABC if my life depended on it. I watched about 10 minutes of the first HD newscast on channel 7, haven't watched any since, and while basketball is about the only sport I do not follow, I may tune into some of the playoffs on ABC this season if our former home team, the LA Clippers, can make it in. But I don't think I could sit through an entire game. Most of the time I forget channel 51 even exists, but whenever I'm channel surfing and land on Ion, it's either showing Criminal Minds or Ghosts Whisperer. I've seen every episode of both shows, and while I enjoyed the first few seasons of Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds is one of my favorite TV shows of all time, both are repeated quite frequently on other channels.
Unless something really really good comes along, as the network shows I watch either come to an end for good or get canceled, I'm not planning on watching any other network shows in their place. It used to be every Fall, I'd watch just about every new police, law and medical drama on the big 4. Not anymore. The original series on AMC, FX, HBO, Showtime and others are so much better than what's on the networks it's not even funny. In fact, other than Criminal Minds, which lately has been hit or miss, Blue Bloods and 2 Broke Girls I could give up all non-Sports related network TV and not be too terribly upset.
I also have no interest in Canadian programming. I subscribe to NHL Center Ice, so I get Hockey Night In Canada. Typically I know Canadian OTA TV is more looser then American TV, but I'd rather watch movies on blu ray or premium cable, where they aren't edited for content on FCC and CRTC controlled airwaves.
Back to your original question. It seemed odd what you asked before, then it dawned on me last night. In the past couple of weeks I have noticed the video going to black for one second (not sure if it is between scenes or not, I assume, judging by what you posted. it is) on CBS/WIVB. No "checkerboards", it just drops out for a second. No pattern as far as I can tell. My feed is TWC, so I haven't been able to check out the OTA feed since I record everything.
Yes, I've been seeing the very short occasional blank screens on channel 4 as well. On Time Warner for sure, I can't recall if I've seen them on DirecTV.
This is a usual occurance with WIVB for years.Only notice this on my big screen and its during primetime.A direct comparision to CFTO will show no blocking during the same seen .This using OTA
Bingo! Yep, that's it! Yep, it's usually during fast action sequences and explosions. I cannot believe that the folks at channel 4 are okay with that. If I were an engineer at the station I'd want to know what's causing it and get it resolved ASAP. As soon as I get my second dish for the 95 degree satellite installed, I'm definitely calling DirecTV and switching over to Rochester locals.