I'm really disappointed in the delays at KMTV as well. Not so much the delays of the tower crews, but more the overly optimistic target dates of management. I am not naive and understand that the population of HDTV owners in Omaha does not provide the business case to accelerate OTA transmissions. I also understand that KMTV does deliver HDTV through Cox. Actually, I probably would have switched to Cox digital (Integrated Mits owner) if I knew they were not going to meet any of their target dates. The following is an e-mail I received shortly after I purchased my HDTV:
Currently KM3 is delivering all CBS HDTV programming most of which is 1080i, directly to Cox Cable. All other programming is upconverted. This is available on their digital tier. We are in the process of tower modifications and installing new equipment to be able to broadcast HDTV by October of this year. We will be broadcasting a full 800kw signal at that time. It is yet to be decided how much programming we will carry on this system, I foresee at least 12 hours every day.
I greatly appreciate your interest, it will be worth waiting for.
KM3 Director of Operations
10714 Mockingbird Drive
Omaha, NE 68127
As you can see the target date was October. This came and went, and by that time I had found TitanTV and this forum. KMTV has since missed numerous targets in January, February and now March.
On the other hand KETV informed me that they would not be broadcasting HDTV until May of 2003. They came in 7 months early based on the Warren's intermediate solution. I understand KMTV will be broadcasting at full strength versus KETV's interim solution, but weak HDTV is better than no HDTV. I've always found in the business world its better to be a week early than a day late.
Don't get me wrong I don't want to start KMTV bashing here because I don't even come close to understanding the difficulties involved with this transition. I am just frustrated by the overly optimistic targets. I highly doubt there is a snowballs chance (no pun intended) that they will even be close to ready for the Masters. I think you are looking at sometime in May. At least thats my new expectation. Hopefully, I'm not disappointed.