Originally posted by govgeek
I'm right next to most of you guys (Byron, MN). What should I do for Vikings? Will ota broadcast the fox hd signal, or does that suffer from the same hardware upgrades needed for the charter signal? (Assuming I can pull in kxlt with an ota receiver and antenna - which I'd need to buy). I would imagine that some if not most of you, have charter HD with the intention of watching the Vikes in HD - if anyone has a contact email we can beg/plead/bitch to please post it.
KXLT, the Rochester Fox affiliate, has to purchase and install a microwave link between their broadcasting facility and their broadcasting tower, separated by a distance of some 15-20 miles. Until they have that microwave link, there will be *NO* HD from KXLT.
KMSP, the Minneapolis/St.Paul Fox affliate, is ready-to-go with HD equipment installed, tested, and verified. I get it rarely during the day, but often after the sun sets. (Doesn't do any good for Vikings football, now, does it?) If your location is above-average in elevation, you might have a shot at KMSP. If not, you're sunk because Charter cannot show KMSP-HD.
At this point, KXLT has already done more than many other affiliates have. They put up a broadcast signal at a respectable power at a respectable antenna height. I think you'd get their digital signal just fine, but that's all it is right now - a digital version of their analog broadcast. The costs associated with setting up a HD station are not minimal, KXLT was recently sold/purchased, and our market is small enough that making a profit is an accomplishment in and of itself. Paying the millions of dollars a full HD build-out requires is not insignificant.
If you go to KTTC's web page, you can send feedback to the engineering department from there. It goes to the same guy KXLT's engineering emails would go to. But try to be respectful. The people making the decisions are usually far removed from public email addresses. I'm sure the engineers would love to put KXLT-HD on the air yesterday.