They are not sending that data over their DT channel. You are not alone with this. I have been wanting to ask Bill Schneider about this. It would make things nicer for me too on my 921 in that it would make all channels work the same on that receiver.
Jerry and other FOX DD enthusiasts-
Here is what I found out- Fox plans to deliver a box, called splicer to it's affiliates and assist in the installation and training, beginning March 2004. Each station will be contacted for the installation.
The splicer is a system that does indeed supply Dolby Digital 5.1 and all meta data, stereo compatible, ready to air audio from the network. The splicer is designed to accomodate local broadcaster station needs such as a built in logo inserter, PSIP and clock data. It eliminates the need to decode Dolby E to baseband, the traditional Dolby broadcast process. It will output the ready to air signal without the purchase requirements of an encoder. This eliminates a considerable amount of hardware.
An excellent summary and primer for station engineers is at:http://www.satelliteanalysis.com/splicer.htm
On the surface, this looks like a good way for FOX to raise the bar on their network without taxing the small local affiliates' limited cash. I can think of a few disadvantages to this approach but not anything that would impact the viewers. I believe the station may find this process limiting their flexibility but, only if the local station is in the habit of doing inserts to a network feed where a remix of the sound is necessary. From what I see, this is not possible while the Dolby E-decoded to baseband has complete studio mix flexibility. In otherwords, the local station will deliver the network feed as is, save for the logo insert. With cost savings, comes certain restrictions.
What do you think, Jerry? Good thing or bad?
Oops! I see you already answered that... Bad thing if it takes 30-45 seconds for your existing equipment to swtch between the splicer and house feed. I wonder if Thomson or Fox has addressed that. Back to more reading!