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I hope Channel 5 does a better job implementing Laff on 5.3 than they have done with This TV, although there's no reason to expect they will. They provide so little bandwidth to This on 5.3 (the video feed ranges from 1.75 to 1.95 Mbps according to RabbitEars.Info) that I always see compression-induced macro blocking every few seconds, even when there's hardly any movement on screen. (This has nothing to do with my reception, which is excellent for 5.) The flipside, of course, is that they devote a lot of bandwidth to the HD video on 5.1, which is why it looks better than any other local OTA HD channel. But if you're going to bother carrying a sub channel, you may as well make it watchable. Check out how good NPT2 looks on 8.2 -- sometimes it's hard to tell it's not HD! Channel 4 has done a good job with Cozi on 4.3 as well, with 2.5 Mbps devoted to the video feed.

Laff is offered to broadcasters in both 4:3 and widescreen 16:9 versions. It wouldn't make a difference for older TV shows (which were shot in 4:3) but I much prefer watching movies widescreen, the way Cozi carries them. Hopefully Channel 5 will opt for the widescreen version of Laff, like WSB in Atlanta carries.
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I asked Antenna TV why Nashville was removed from their coverage map. This is their reply: "The station is working on some technical issues. They don't have a date when it will all be fixed. We removed the coming soon until we know when soon will be". So, there you have it. At least it's still suppose to be here sometime.

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