Originally Posted by bluegras
i definatly would like to see all the peoria stations broadcasts their news in hd maybe in the future it will happen who knows.maybe lots of people on this forum needs to contact the stations to let them know to start broadcasting their news in hd.
I'm with you there. Sadly, I'm not sure very many people on this forum really care. Over the past couple of years, it seems that many think this is common place for newscasts to still be 480i, but it's not. And WMBD continues to ignore countless complaints to their Facebook page. WEEK responds sometimes, but they always pour out such crap for excuses. I will just continue to press this issue and educate the local viewers. The more I do that, the harder it becomes for Peoria TV to continue getting by with the ongoing stagnation.
Originally Posted by mbclev
I think your market might now be the largest in the country without HD local newscasts, because I just saw a brief snippet of a newscast from KTVB in Boise, ID, and it looked HD to me, at least from the studio (I have a 1920 x 1080 monitor, and I can tell if a newscast looks HD because of my monitor's resolution), because of Gannett taking over that station. Boise was the largest market without HD news up until KTVB's conversion.
It certainly wouldn't surprise me. WMBD & WEEK are the only remaining NBC and CBS affiliates on Illinois soil without HD local programming capability. I can sort of see Granite's problem, but there's no reason for Nexstar to be treating WMBD they way they are. Ever since they took over WMBD in 1999, they have done nothing but suck the life out of WMBD. And 15 years of personality turnovers? I probably shouldn't get started on that or that will be another lengthy series of rants from yours truly. WEEK has started to get their share of turnovers lately.
WEEK & WHOI lost a lot of viewers to WMBD following the merger. And many viewers are leaving WMBD, not because they're not in HD, but because they are still broadcasting in annoying 4:3. Many viewers already think WEEK is in HD because they don't know the difference between 480p & 1080i. Nexstar is stupid to leave WMBD continuing to produce local programming as well as to pass along syndicated programming in 4:3 this late in the game. But you can't tell them how to run things.
I've heard WMBD called a sinking ship. I've also heard that Peoria has no advertising revenue to make any sort of investments in Peoria stations. I don't know how this can be as the Quincy DMA, which is much smaller, has 2 strong stations. Also, the Rockford DMA is smaller, yet they have 3 stations which have all been fully upgraded. I could go on and on.
One final thing though. WMBD did recently "like" one of my posts to their Facebook page regarding this sort of thing. I was surprised and this marks the first form of acknowledgement from them. I'm sure the didn't really like what I had to say, but the fact there was some sort of response. Maybe that's a sign of something?