I spoke with the engineer at KMPH and was told that they probably won't be online for the start of the football season. Definitely by the Superbowl.
Instead of accepting the FOX owned equipment, they will purchase their own, allowing them to have more control over things like subchannels.
I voiced my preference to have no subchannels when special events are on, but I was told that full bandwidth is not necessary. I didn't ask about DD 5.1, but if they don't use FOX's splicer, they will have to buy additional Dolby decoders and encoders to pass along the 5.1 stream. My fear is that the extra equipment for DD5.1 will be deemed unnecessary.
This is definitely a sad turn of events in my opinion. I was looking forward to FOX programming in 720p with DD5.1.
As far as KFRE is concerned, (also owned by Pappas Telecasting) the recent ruling will affect its power output, in a couple of years. At least the engineer now knows that the WB is indeed broadcasting HD. I knew that it was at least the second year, but after checking, it is the third year for them.
To be fair, there's hardly a ROI for the digital switchover. I guess I should be happy with what's out there.