Originally Posted by NOHDjunkie
UPN-54.1 (WUPL DT 24 now MYNETWORK TV) is broadcasting digital on its transmitter (480i only) but since Katrina has not been broadcasting 1080i (no idea when they will be back to HD)
Thanks for the great list. I was thinking of posting a similar one, but you beat me to it.
I think I can add a bit of insight to why WUPL is not transmitting any HD content (ironic indeed since MYNetwork TV bills itself as the "all HD" network).
In June or July 2005, CBS, the owner of WUPL, entered negotiations to sell the station to Belo (the same company that owns WWL).
This was part of a larger selloff of several CBS/Paramount owned UPN affiliates in smaller markets. Basically, it was part of UPN's "death throws".
When the demise of UPN was announced, and CW gave preference to Tribune owned stations to become affiliates of CW (meaning WNOL in New Orleans), Belo pulled out of the deal. Belo's position is that they negotiated to buy a UPN affiliate, not a MyNetwork affiliate. The contract, they feel, was rendered null and void by the demise of UPN.
CBS has filed suit against Belo to try to force "specific performance" (force Belo to buy WUPL).
CBS is infuriated at the notion of owning a MyNetwork affiliate and is putting a bare minimum of effort into the station. There is no technical reason they can't be broadcasting HD (their control center, studios, and transmitter site were all spared any significant damage from Katrina), its just that their owner doesn't care.
As soon as the dust settles and someone buys WUPL (be that someone Belo or someone else), I suspect we'll see HD content on WUPL almost immediately.