We are ranked as the 58th TV market. I don't know if ranking is representative of the number of channels (or allocations) than an area has, but I also realize that we don't HAVE many local channels to begin with.
My current observation is that we appear to get "passed over" with many of the new over-the-air services that have sprung up since the digital conversion began.
Maybe the issue lies with the choices our locals have made.
WRGB only has 1 sub-channel... "ThisTV".
WTEN has 2 sub-channels... local weather, and LiveWell. Maybe we'll get "Laff"
on April 15.
WNYT also has 2 sub-channels. Local weather, and MeTV (which I like).
WXXA is a joke! Only 1 sub-channel, and although it has changed services more than once...it's now an OTB (offtrack betting) channel.
Between MyTV & the CW we have an SD version of CBS-6, GritTV and Antenna TV (which I like) The CW channel has 2 subs, and the MyTV, has only 1. And that's it!
So, when I think about some of the services that are out there, such as;
Bounce, Escape, Cozi, Movies, Fox Movies, Retro, GetTV, Justice, Heroes & Icons, and now the latest will be Decades (for CBS o&o's)..... I begin to see that what WE have seems like nothing!
Obviously the majors, i.e. NY, Boston, etc.... have most if not ALL of these. I expect that. But, it just seems that the choices that OUR locals have made, need to be expanded on.
Why can't those stations that only have ONE sub-channel, add another? Or why do two of our locals waste a channel with weather? (and THAT complaint is coming from a certified "weather-nut"!) Then there's the OTB channel! Give me a break!
I never mentioned ION...but they're the same in each market, offering only shopping and children's channels in addition to ION itself.
I have written to WRGB several times with a general query, but not ONCE have they chosen to respond. Silence is all I've received from them.
So, that's my complaint. I know it's not the most important issue in my life, but it's part of the "entertainment" portion of it. Hopefully it won't remain this way forever. Perhaps one of our affiliates will "wake-up" and address it. In the meantime, I feel as though we're getting overlooked and short-changed when it comes to new OTA services.
What's YOUR opinion on this? I wish I could band together with other locals who might have the same wish, and see if we can't get some changes initiated.