I sent the following to the GM at WFFT nearly a year ago before Superbowl XXXIX:
The biggest sporting event of the year and WFFT-55 doesn't broadcast it in Hi-Def. Considering Comcast has installed their 1 millionth HD box, I think this HD thing might just be a reality and here to stay.
Curious when does 55 plan to make the switch?
and here was his response:
Believe me, we are frustrated as well. However, we are a company of 46 television stations, all in small to mid-size markets, & it is very expensive to convert to HDTV in each market. There are also a limited number of people who can do the conversion, and since virtually every TV station outside of the very largest markets needs their expertise, there is great demand for their services. Our company has decided to start with the larger markets first, because they have the most people affected, and work down from there. We are in the top 1/3 size-wise, so my best guess (and believe me, it is only a guess) is that sometime toward the end of next year is when we would convert. Please don't hold us to that timetable, though. Believe me, I am as anxious, if not more so, than you to have this conversion take place...and soon.
Thanks for writing.
Now that I see on their website a lame 2007 date - is it January or December 31st, Bob?, I dove in a little deeper.
WFFT's parent company is Nexstar Broadcasting. Their web site - nexstar.tv (I can't post urls yet) contains a list of the stations they own. I just sent out e-mails to some of their smaller markets inquring about when they are making the switch to HD. Maybe if others can do the same we can post the results and if we get some smaller markets that are switching before us.....sounds like a bus ride to the FCC!!