It's the same up here in Roanoke, folks. The chain store guys just don't seem to know what they're talking about. We're the only station here doing 1080i and we went to see the chains and asked them to use an antenna and at least one display set to demo 1081i. I think BestBuy had an RCA set displaying our 1080i for a week or so, but they sold it and never went back to anything displaying material other than the chain's prerecorded stuff.
BTW, my sympathy to the two TV chiefs on the Greensboro forum. We spend a lot of days chasing our tails, too. Much of the DATV and HDTV equipment being delivered to television stations is hardly more than prototypes. Our PSIP is set up to identify our Channel 18 digital signals as 7.1(for fulltime 1080i and HDTV when we have it) and 7.2 for a standard definition test signal. The PSIP burped a week or two ago and suddenly anybody whose receiver had previously found us at 7.1 and 7.2 then found us at 18.1 and 18.2, with the same signal strength, but with no audio or video. After agonizing over what to do, the vendor had us tell viewers to turn off the program guide to get audio and video back. I think we're finally back to normal, but it lit up my e-mail inbox.
Somebody told me last week that they're watching us at WFMY, so it sounds as if we're still pouring a right good digital signal into much of the Greensboro area.