Originally posted by vereekej
It's a local thing. HDTV is a "new" thing so apparently it's difficult to make sure the HD signal gets passed through.
Most of the time the problems seem to be that the station wasn't even aware that it was available in HD.
We can only hope that it will get better.
In 15's case of carrying HD games, it is a tad tricky.
Take for example this weekends games. CBS made a transponder change for the games late yesterday, meaning the feed will not be coming on the normal network transponder normally assigned to 15. Given the lead time, we can know about it and make appropriate changes to make sure we are on that transponder.
However, since the operation here is now ran out of Indy, if CBS makes a transponder change at 11 in the morning, nobody here is going to know about it until after the fact, as there is no one here to change the frequency on the receiver.
CBS does let the affiliates know ahead of time what games will be fed to which stations, but they always reserve the right to change the transponder.
This wouldn't have been a big deal several years ago, but now with a skeleton operations staff, especially on the weekends, you end up with the local station looking bad if a last second technical problem or other issue causes CBS to do an outright transponder change.