Originally Posted by hancox
I'm scratching my head at who else would want a fairly targeted site like that.
I doubt it would be one of the big four. WEDW gets you must-carry in the entire NYC DMA, which is it's value, not the actual OTA broadcast range. They're going to have to change their encoding system, as right now, it sends up one messed up feed (too much bandwidth to subchannels) out to all of the sites. Hopefully they will fix the bandwidth allocation problem on WEDH-DT. I wrote them about it, and their response was basically, "yeah we know it's messed up, but it's not a high priority to fix right now".
Originally Posted by WHNB
I think that they are, but having WEDY on its own sub-channel of WEDW is a way for the host station to get revenue under the auction rules.
That's bizarre. A mirror of itself as a subchannel. But how would WEDW get revenue from WEDY? It's the same channel.
Good point. Years ago, top-of-the-hour station identifications were done live by booth announcers. Now some local stations deliberately have the call letters and city of license in tiny print that is hardly readable on the bottom of the screen. Apparently, the stations don't want people to know that they can receive the channels other than via cable, satellite dish, or paid streaming.
Yeah, I think they are counting on people being dumb and having cable or satellite just for local channels. I've talked to people who are completely clueless and amazed at my antenna and the fact that I can get the same channels over the air for free that have been available for like 70 years in one form or another.
It's a mystery to me, too. I read awhile ago that some residents in those Fairfield County towns wanted to see their towns included in the No School crawls on the Hartford stations. I believe that was one reason why Channel 3 put up a sub-channel that was intended for the audience in Fairfield County. A viewer in that area who saw the sub-channel once posted here that it simulcasted WFSB's program schedule, but public service announcements from the Ad Council replaced the commercials during local time.
While we're at it, maybe they should fight over buggy whips too. Don't we have the internet now for such information? I wish they would get rid of those stupid crawl things completely, they are so annoying to look at 2 weeks later in a recording of something.