I can't speak for KVVU. KVBC is currently running at reduced power, and will do so for as short a period as possible. We can't fry the engineers who are working on the towers and multiple antennas needed not only for broadcast transmission, but for studio-transmitter links.
The FCC makes channel assignments. As holder of the license for analog channel 3, we are the most subject to multi-path distortion of any broadcast station in the valley. Add to that, Cox and most VCR's use channel 3 to output their signal, which frequently trashes our signal at the viewer's antenna input. Our pending ATSC transmission on channel 2 has Cox concerned about older converter boxes near Black Mountain.. seems they fear the signal wil fry the ancient circuits. We are working with all of these concerns as best we can.
As you know, in Las Vegas you play the cards you are dealt, or you fold. We choose to play.
If you wish to get a better signal for recording purposes, you might find a value in Cox basic cable. It's under $10 a month. We deliver a fiber optic feed out of our control room to Cox, so they get just as good a signal as the one we send to our transmitter.
I use Cox's digital cable for my home system, and that converter box gives me a reasonably clean SVideo feed. Other viewers I speak with in my duties at KVBC tell me that they are pleased with KVBC's signal via DirecTV. As you know, most DSS boxes offer SVideo or better.
DISH doesn't carry Las Vegas stations yet. They've been saying "coming soon" since 1998, and their latest promise http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_ho.../19365120.html
claims they will do so in a matter of weeks. However, the FCC rejection of the DISH/DirecTV merger may be blamed for a delay.
It is in our business interest to have the cleanest, clearest signal in as many homes in Clark, Lincoln, and Nye counties in Nevada as possible. Home theatre fans have an advocate at KVBC-TV. Can you say the same for the other broadcasters in Las Vegas?