Originally Posted by Foxbat
Maybe I'm the lone voice of dissent here, but I'm more interested in OTA HD than LiL HD via DBS.
I'd prefer OTA HD as well ... but as tvmicrowave2002 noted, it is going to be a while before we are going to see that for WMWB and WBND (thanks to the FCC). It would help if they were WMWB-CA and WBND-CA instead of -LP stations.
In any case, until the FCC relents "alternative means" will have to be used to reach viewers. I'm glad that Weigel is doing all they can to get HD to our market. If that means the final leg needs to be done via Comcast and/or DBS providers that's fine.
Weigel has WB and ABC viewers in Warsaw and southern Kosciosko county thanks to the DBS company's carriage (and the way markets are defined). Cable carriage helps too. Personally, I'm not going to subscribe to Comcast just for HD. The thought of our market being 18-36 months out via satellite is encouraging. (Even though in ~48 months everything OTA will be digital.) Having owners like Weigel involved presenting a good signal to DBS is helpful.
(That being said, something flaked out last night during the Smallville rerun via E*. In the rocket launch scene it looked like the digital stream was losing stability. I'll let E* take the heat for that one.
Here's where WBND and WMWB should cover (give or take) -WBND-LP Service AreaWMWB-LP Service Area
As far as the ND game goes, it would be real cool if Weigel could borrow WNDU's HD feed for a few hours to get the game to more viewers in HD OTA. But that's pie in the sky dreaming!
TV46 is the real waste of DT space in our market. Not because of content, but because all they ever feed is their SD channel with only suggestions that they might do some HD eventually. Maybe they would take a 'donation' to rent the rest of their bandwidth!
Seriously: The improvements Weigel has done are laudable. I hope we all get to see their HD feeds sooner than later, but at least we know that the NTSC transmitters, cable companies and satellite companies are getting a good feed to pass on.