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This just in "mobile HD" is DEAD .............seriously!

So when are WYFF and WHNS going to stop wasting
their bandwidth on "mobile HD" service?

I would seriously DOUBT that ANYONE is receiving
the mobile DTV signal on their now obsolete phones I don't believe any current smart phones are offering this in the USA as of this time.

If the stations close those services they can BOTH add at least one additional sub channel for regular OTA service, which would be a great improvement of their community service obligations.

Has anyone heard from WYFF Chief Engineer Doug Durkee
lately?

We definitely need a decent 24/7 weather channel OTA !
With the upcoming winter season it would be of great help.
Sure we can use the computer to punch up pages of weather
data, but it is nicer to simply change a channel and see
a carousel of specific weather information that changes automatically and have the local forecasters come on live from time to time to update us. It's been years since
NBC Weather PLUS left the airwaves and I still miss it, and I have heard the same from many other viewers in the area.

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I don't know if there is any future use for Mobile DTV. But as of now, I don't think it is utilized by most consumers. I too would rather see that signal reallocated to an additional subchannel, or just put the bandwith back into improving the quality of the main HD signal. As far as weather channels, the current choice would likely be Accu-Weather or Weather Nation. As Weather Plus will probably not be returning.
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Why waste valuable bandwidth on a weather channel? There are all sorts of very well done internet sites, and apps for smartphones and tablets that will give you all kinds of current weather info pretty much instantaneously. Rather see it go to improve the quality of the main channel which often looks pretty poor.
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It look like WYFF done updated their on the air promo annoucement to wyff 4.2 movies instead of this wyff 4.2

but the haven't change over to the Movies yet as they still showing THISTV
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I don't know if there is any future use for Mobile DTV. But as of now, I don't think it is utilized by most consumers. I too would rather see that signal reallocated to an additional sub channel, or just put the bandwith back into improving the quality of the main HD signal. As far as weather channels, the current choice would likely be Accu-Weather or Weather Nation. As Weather Plus will probably not be returning.

Heck I doubt more than a tiny handful of consumers still use mobile DTV. The local affiliates ceased advertising it on their stations several years ago. There are NO mainstream
phones offered today in the USA that offer it. So it
for all intensive purposes is dead.
I have to chuckle at what Doug Durkee claimed more than several years ago , touting Mobile DTV as the next best thing since sliced bread...Bzzzz! Wrong. I told him that was nonsense and it would never pan out. I wish they would bag it NOW,and free up the bandwidth for other sub channels.


If a station opts for Accu Weather or WN they must pay quite a bit for broadcast rights, while using a standalone service would be very inexpensive and a better choice for a our smaller market, the fact that NBC allowed other stations to continue to use the equipment and software engine for
Weather PLUS (only asking that the affiliates stop using the name ) as a standalone product makes good economic sense. Some markets like Des Moines, IA WHO NBC 13 and Charlottesville, VA WVIR NBC29 still use it today and it works fine. The WYFF version of Weather PLUS was excellent, with a good selection of radar maps, current conditions, and other info, and unlike other local stations SuperDoppler 4 radar is updated about every 30 seconds or so which makes it the best in the market. When Weather PLUS was on
I left my 32" set on that channel 24/7. then switched to WHNS 21.2 when Weather PLUS went off the air.

I'm pretty sure that Mobile DTV uses significantly more bandwidth than did Weather PLUS as a standalone product on a subchannel so you would still gain an improved network channel picture quality. The WHNS 21.2 DT uses very little
bandwidth with its 3DRadar channel only updated every 5 minutes or so.

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