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Thanks. Whether HD or not, that puts WMBD/WYZZ as the only mid-market newscast, to my knowledge, still broadcasting in 4:3. I have my fingers crossed that this will change for WMBD by the end of the year. Though I bet there's going to be some hubbing involved. I'm just hoping it's not a total farm-out of their newscast. I know Nexstar has recently opened a news hub in Memphis.
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2 recent FCC rulings:

https://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/fcc-votes-to-prevent-joint-retransmission-negotiations_b118328

https://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/fcc-votes-to-ban-joint-service-agreements_b118336

I love it how the republicans slammed their decision to restrict JSA's. Over the past few years, and plenty of times, I've seen people blame the democrats for the loose FCC rules, just because they were forged during the days of the Clinton Administration. I sure hope many of those same people are paying attention to what is happening now.

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As someone whos worked at both wmbd and week it makes me laugh to see you arm chair station managers complain... ya station management cares mostly about money thats why they haven't upgraded to hd..but you guys realize its not its the flip of a switch to go from sd to hd...also these stations don't make nearly as much as you think they do.
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As someone whos worked at both wmbd and week it makes me laugh to see you arm chair station managers complain... ya station management cares mostly about money thats why they haven't upgraded to hd..but you guys realize its not its the flip of a switch to go from sd to hd...also these stations don't make nearly as much as you think they do.
Are you Mark DeSantis incognito? I know mid-market stations don't make a ton of cash, and I know it cost 1~2 million easily, mere pocket change compared to what Nexstar shells out to buy more and more stations. My point is Peoria is one of the very few mid-sized markets that lacks a single station with an HD newscast. There are several markets even smaller and poorer than Peoria with at least one, and in some cases, 3 independent news operations broadcasting in HD.

Quincy Newspapers originally wanted to control WHOI once they get WEEK, but Sinclair announces they will break terminate the JSA within 9 months of WEEK's ownership transfer to Quincy Newspapers. Seems to me, as I have been suspecting for quite some time, Sinclair is wanting to revamp either the WHOI or WYZZ studios for their own independent news operation. WEEK will likely upgrade to HD within a year after being acquired by Quincy Newspapers. All other Quincy stations are broadcasting local news in HD from what I can tell. And hopefully this will light a fire under Nexstar to upgrade WMBD, but I have a sneaking suspicion WMBD's local news will eventually be farmed out to WCIA. If they weren't giving up, I would think they would have at least made the push to digital widescreen by now. Even KHQA has been broadcasting in digital widescreen.

It seems all I get on here are excuses for the poorest stations in the nation to continue their poor status. Look beyond Peoria and one can see how atypical it is for a market the size of Peoria to not have a single station fully transformed this late in time. Yes, it's 2014 for crying out loud. Wake up Peoria! Sure, Granite has no money, but there's no excuse for Nexstar's neglect of WMBD.
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any word on if the CW will ever get an HD version in Peoria? My parents still can only get Supernatural in SD.
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any word on if the CW will ever get an HD version in Peoria? My parents still can only get Supernatural in SD.
The CW has been HD for quite a while. 720p just like ABC/WHOI. There is technology to broadcast two HD channels on a single broadcast channel. So, the CW is in HD when using an antenna with a digital tuner or HD TV.

If they are on cable, then it depends on their subscription package and which cable box that they have. #907 is the CW HD and ABC/WHOI is #908 You will obviously need an HD box (extra charge) If they are using the simple adapters with a channel 3 output, then everything is SD.

Of course, the picture quality can suffer with rate-shaping due to low bitrate causing artifacts during high motion scenes.

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The CW has been HD for quite a while. 720p just like ABC/WHOI. There is technology to broadcast two HD channels on a single broadcast channel. So, the CW is in HD when using an antenna with a digital tuner or HD TV.

If they are on cable, then it depends on their subscription package and which cable box that they have. #907 is the CW HD and ABC/WHOI is #908 You will obviously need an HD box (extra charge) If they are using the simple adapters with a channel 3 output, then everything is SD.

Of course, the picture quality can suffer with rate-shaping due to low bitrate causing artifacts during high motion scenes.
Thanks I'll double check with them. I see they are recording it on 907 (on their Tivo) so maybe I'm mistaken. I know they had that issue for a long time, that CW was in letterboxed SD.
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While the broadcast is 16:9 HD, not all of the programming is, especially on reruns.

When you say "letterboxed" that indicates bars on the top and bottom, (but not the sides) which is the way a 16:9 image should be displayed on a 4:3 TV, or a theatrical movie would show on any kind of TV.

If you mean "windowboxed, (bars on all 4 sides of the image) then something has probably been flagged incorrectly and you need to use a "zoom" function on the TV or Tivo. This will often happen with a 4:3 show, broadcast on an HD channel, but viewed on a 4:3 TV.

A 4:3 content show should be displayed with bars on the sides (but not top and bottom) on a 16:9 TV (called Pillarboxed)

So there are a lot of variables involved. Type of TV, Type of Tivo, zoom settings of TV and Tivo, setup of TV and Tivo, format of content (of the particular show). A rerun of Supernatural played from an old tape might be 4:3 but a new network feed should be 16:9, but a delayed new episode might have been recorded as 4:3 and flagged and displayed incorrectly. AND the cable company can further alter the aspect ratio or flag it incorrectly when they re-transmit the station creating an image that cannot be displayed correctly on anything.

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Peoria viewers pulling in Springfield, Campaign, Quad Cities

Anyone in Peoria able to pull in signals from Springfield, Champaign or Quad Cities? According to the FCC, I could do it with the right antenna:

FCC maps: http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/

Potential antenna: http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=DB8E&ss=258800
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Well, this morning, I'm getting the QC stations but not Springfield. Ch 20 is detected on a scan but gets no image. Tonight, that could change, or even reverse.

If you click on the "Gain/Loss Map" link, you'll get a better idea of what is possible. Using 61614 or 61615 will give more station options than 61604 for some reason.

I don't have any experience with that antenna but I'm using a simple Philips flat, amplified indoor/outdoor antenna on a mast above my old VHF antenna. It picks up from front and back so it works for my location where the QC is about 180 degrees from East Peoria. I've used a Channel Master CM 4221 and the "All Channel" VHF antenna (with and without preamps) but this relatively ($30-$50) cheap antenna works better. There are newer versions an similar designs out there.

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I am now beginning to doubt that Quincy Newspapers is going to acquire any of the Granite stations including WEEK. The reason being is the Granite-Scripps deal, which was made just 2 days before the Granite-Quincy Newspapers deal, already went through a few months ago. I can't see the FCC taking 3 months longer to approve one deal than another. There was a post about a change in ownership rules possibly derailing this deal. For one thing, Quincy will not be operating WHOI as they had once hoped for. But WEEK would be goldmine with or without WHOI. And there is just no further info available online. It's frustrating, but I'm sure it will not happen now. For Peoria to finally be ride of Granite would be too much to ask for. And as long as Granite owns WEEK, they will also run WHOI through the SSA expiration date of 2017, which means stagnation in Peoria for another full 2 years, and a continued standoff between WEEK & WHOI as far as HD newscast are concerned.

The biggest recent upgrade in Peoria is the new state-of-the-art Weather Graphics system at WMBD. Since WSI & Weather Central have merged, I can't tell much difference between them, but they have become very sweet. WHBF, WQAD & KWQC have had varients of their new systems for 1-2 years now. That said, WEEK's Accu-crap pales in comparison. I still chuckle at the thought of a ratings powerhouse deciding to remain with AccuWx in 2010. Peoria views are really naive.

But WMBD's new weather graphics, as nice as they are, are also a bad sign that they will not be offering an HD newscast anytime soon. Most stations, especially Nexstar stations, usually wait until they unveil their newscast and set before unveiling their new weather graphics. It only reassures the freshest look. Though a station may keep the same graphics for 5 years, they usually make changes the look every 2 years, be it minor or major. But you won't see them turn around and change the look just a few months later, which they will want to do if they get a new set. That said, I bet they will be SD another 2 years. Furthermore, I bet they will be in 4:3 for just as long. I am thoroughly disgusted with Nexstar's decision to neglect WMBD & WYZZ, especially knowing they are about the last outfit in the country left broadcasting 4:3 480i despite numerous complaints that get ignored. It's a waste to have graphics that beautiful only to pass them along in 4:3 480i. HD widescreen is the only way to view them. And as long as WEEK remains the only other competitor, Peoria tv will continue to suffer. Neither station wants to actually compete with the another. They just want to keep the bar low.

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I hate reading articles like this when none of it applies to Peoria. http://www.thestreet.com/story/12557...-in-april.html
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I am now beginning to doubt that Quincy Newspapers is going to acquire any of the Granite stations including WEEK. The reason being is the Granite-Scripps deal, which was made just 2 days before the Granite-Quincy Newspapers deal, already went through a few months ago. I can't see the FCC taking 3 months longer to approve one deal than another. .
The issue was in some markets (Duluth, MN & FT Wayne, IN) Granite owned one station and ran another (via "shell-company" Malara Broadcasting) and the FCC puts clamps on that when they tried to sell.
On the 20th they submitted an addendum to the sale basically dropping the 2 Malara Stations (KDLH Duluth and WPTA Ft Wayne, IN). Granite will keep them for now

from northpine.com (they mainly deal with MN, the dakotas, iowa, wisconsin and the UP of Michigan so the Duluth station is emphasized)

Granite Broadcasting has modified its plan to sell Duluth NBC affiliate KBJR-TV/6.1 (Superior) and stations in three markets outside the Upper Midwest to Quincy Newspapers, removing some provisions that ran afoul of new FCC ownership rules limiting joint sales agreements.
KBJR currently operates CBS affiliate KDLH/3.1 (Duluth), owned by Malara Broadcast Group, and the original deal would have had SagamoreHill Broadcasting buy KDLH and enter a new agreement with Quincy to run the station. The new $189.7 million deal abandons the Malara station sales, keeping ownership with Malara while Quincy buys the Granite stations and assumes Granite's agreements to run the Malara stations.
The other stations included in the deal are KBJR satellite KRII/11 (Chisholm) and stations in the Peoria, Fort Wayne, and Binghamton markets.
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when will the peoria stations their news in hd thanks :-)
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The issue was in some markets (Duluth, MN & FT Wayne, IN) Granite owned one station and ran another (via "shell-company" Malara Broadcasting) and the FCC puts clamps on that when they tried to sell.
On the 20th they submitted an addendum to the sale basically dropping the 2 Malara Stations (KDLH Duluth and WPTA Ft Wayne, IN). Granite will keep them for now

from northpine.com (they mainly deal with MN, the dakotas, iowa, wisconsin and the UP of Michigan so the Duluth station is emphasized)

Granite Broadcasting has modified its plan to sell Duluth NBC affiliate KBJR-TV/6.1 (Superior) and stations in three markets outside the Upper Midwest to Quincy Newspapers, removing some provisions that ran afoul of new FCC ownership rules limiting joint sales agreements.
KBJR currently operates CBS affiliate KDLH/3.1 (Duluth), owned by Malara Broadcast Group, and the original deal would have had SagamoreHill Broadcasting buy KDLH and enter a new agreement with Quincy to run the station. The new $189.7 million deal abandons the Malara station sales, keeping ownership with Malara while Quincy buys the Granite stations and assumes Granite's agreements to run the Malara stations.
The other stations included in the deal are KBJR satellite KRII/11 (Chisholm) and stations in the Peoria, Fort Wayne, and Binghamton markets.
Thanks. I did see a news release on this just a few days ago. It's irritating how it became quiet for several months. And it's kid of a disappointment to see they have just re-filed. But at least it is done now. I'm hoping the FCC doesn't take too long. At this pace, Peoria TV will not reap the benefits until 2016. After the changeover, it will take at least 9 months to renovate WEEK they way it should be.
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when will the peoria stations their news in hd thanks :-)
Your guess is as good as mine. This has been my main gripe with the local tv stations for the last 3 years or so. WMBD gets plenty of complaints because their syndicated programming has also been passed along in 4:3 480i. But beyond that, most people in Peoria don't care. There has been a lot of talk in other market forums, but not so much here in Peoria. In fact, many people here were under the impression that very few stations were doing news in HD. I think I'm one of the main people to make Peoria aware.

With over three quarters of Nexstar stations broadcasting local programming in HD, I sure would have thought WMBD would be there by now. My early bet was WMBD would beat WEEK & WHOI to the punch, but WMBD has never ceased to surprise me and disappoint me in how long they continue to hold out. It has been recently pointed out that another Nexstar station went HD within a year of unveiling the same weather graphics package that WMBD recently upgraded to. But this doesn't necessarily a solid sign WMBD will follow suit. But if they want to still remain local, and they anticipate possible changes at WEEK and/or WHOI following ownership changes, it would be smart for them to react now by starting the upgrade process, instead of waiting until they have received concrete word that one of the competitors have started theirs. But Nexstar has never been one to break ground in a market, so I'm not holding my breath here.

If WMBD doesn't do it, the key will be if/when Quincy takes over WEEK. It is my suspicion that Quincy will fully revamp WEEK eventually and Sinclair will immediately start work on a state-of-the-art studio for WHOI(which could eventually serve WYZZ as well). Until than, I can reassure no changes will come to WEEK or WHOI.
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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.

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Your guess is as good as mine. This has been my main gripe with the local tv stations for the last 3 years or so. WMBD gets plenty of complaints because their syndicated programming has also been passed along in 4:3 480i. But beyond that, most people in Peoria don't care. There has been a lot of talk in other market forums, but not so much here in Peoria. In fact, many people here were under the impression that very few stations were doing news in HD. I think I'm one of the main people to make Peoria aware.

With over three quarters of Nexstar stations broadcasting local programming in HD, I sure would have thought WMBD would be there by now. My early bet was WMBD would beat WEEK & WHOI to the punch, but WMBD has never ceased to surprise me and disappoint me in how long they continue to hold out. It has been recently pointed out that another Nexstar station went HD within a year of unveiling the same weather graphics package that WMBD recently upgraded to. But this doesn't necessarily a solid sign WMBD will follow suit. But if they want to still remain local, and they anticipate possible changes at WEEK and/or WHOI following ownership changes, it would be smart for them to react now by starting the upgrade process, instead of waiting until they have received concrete word that one of the competitors have started theirs. But Nexstar has never been one to break ground in a market, so I'm not holding my breath here.

If WMBD doesn't do it, the key will be if/when Quincy takes over WEEK. It is my suspicion that Quincy will fully revamp WEEK eventually and Sinclair will immediately start work on a state-of-the-art studio for WHOI(which could eventually serve WYZZ as well). Until than, I can reassure no changes will come to WEEK or WHOI.

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.


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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.

thanks

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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.



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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.


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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?
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And where did Citadel come up with the money to upgrade all of it's stations at the same time? Almost each all of their stations were lower-rated than WHOI and much, much lower rated than WMBD. Of course here in Peoria, our stations have taken the easy way out. WHOI surrendered their newscast to WEEK, which surrendered the bulk of it's operations to a distant hub. WMBD has chosen thus far to do absolutely nothing. They claim there's no ad revenue left in Peoria. Wow, Peoria must be worst off than Quincy, Rockford, Erie, Wassau, Youngstown, the upper up of Michigan, etc. I don't buy it. The Peoria area TV market is locked by 2 entities of corporate greed.
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After examining the weather graphics packages of other Nexstar stations, I see many went HD within a year. And given the fact WMBD's new weather graphics don't exactly match up to the rest of their current theme, it is my assumption they are well on their way to local HD production. I know it can take a station up to 2 years from start to finish. That said, it appears WMBD will beat the competition in this area, perhaps as fast as a couple of months away. That's assuming the new weather package is not the only thing they're getting. I have no idea why Nexstar won't tell people because it's not like they have any competitive concerns here. Nothing is going to happen to WEEK or WHOI until the FCC finally okays Quincy's takeover.
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Have any of you ever seen the Comcast Spotlight page for the Peoria market, particularly the map? In addition showing their "Peoria" (which would include Peoria, Pekin, Canton, Lewistown) and Bloomington Comcast coverage areas (plus Galesburg's territory which is indicated as including Macomb), it also depicts Mediacom systems under the "Peoria West" (e.g., Elmwood, Yates City, Farmington, Hanna City, Glasford westward to Hancock County) and "Pontiac" (e.g., Pontiac, Dwight, Varna, Metamora, Eureka, Mackinaw, Heyworth) territorial designations. Map below:

http://www.comcastspotlight.com/mark...erage-overview

Unless Comcast is contracting with Mediacom to provide advertising services for those systems, could this map not be telling the whole story--perhaps Mediacom considering selling those forementioned systems to Comcast? (Probably depending on what happens with the Comcast/Time Warner merger).

Even more telling is if you compare the quality of the Mediacom lineup which includes Elmwood and Farmington to one a few miles north which also serves Princeville, Brimfield, and Dunlap.

http://www.mediacomtoday-lineup.com/...d_hanna_c.aspx

http://www.mediacomtoday-lineup.com/...nnepin_ma.aspx

Could we see Comcast getting even bigger in parts of the Peoria DMA? Or is this Comcast Spotlight thing nothing more than just providing advertising services to those forementioned Mediacom service territories?
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I wrote WMBD station manager as well as their engineer nearly 2 weeks ago asking if they were close or working toward broadcasting local programming in HD and they and neither replied to me. I later realized I had sent a similar message to the same general manager a couple years ago and never got a reply. They never used to be rude like that back in the Midwest TV days. They no longer care about the viewer. That said, I'm done with WMBD! Under no circumstance will I tune to them again. I'll watch WHBF or WCIA instead, it's just a shame those 2 affiliates are also owned by the same horrible company who is ruining WMBD. I mean...who still broadcasts in 4:3? No longer can I name another station who does.

I recent read an article that confirms my suspicion that Quincy would give Granite stations the "HD news upgrade" once the FCC finally gives them the green flag. They will be spending an additional $18 million in total upgrades across all the stations. It's all a matter of waiting on the FCC and allowing these stations to install all the equipment. I sure hope the FCC gets around to approving the acquisition by March or April. It has been nearly 3 months already and it only took about 3 months for the FCC to approve the sale of the Granite stations to Scripps.

There's really no sense for me to keep coming on here and posting more of the same and nothing ever changes.
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I mean...who still broadcasts in 4:3? No longer can I name another station who does.
Well in all fairness, our FOX55 & CW23 stations just started (local) broadcasting HD in Jan...

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Well in all fairness, our FOX55 & CW23 stations just started (local) broadcasting HD in Jan...

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But those are the lesser stations in the Springfield/Decatur/Champaign market. The last of their top 3 stations had already converted over 3 years ago. Same with the to 3 QC stations. All 3 of the smaller Rockford stations are there. Neither of Peoria's top stations are there yet. None of the Peoria stations are there yet. It's obviously a standoff that was made possible by getting rid of the third competitor.

55, 27 & 23 are basically ran by WICS & WICD. I'm not exactly wild over Sinclair controlling 5 stations down there. I had always thought WAND should run 23, but there's no chance of that. It has been a while since I had seen any of those 3 stations. Before the switch to HD, were they broadcasting local in widescreen or 4:3?

It's bad enough that some stations, such as WEEK & most Granite stations, have stopped at digital widescreen 480p as opposed to going full HD 1080i. But for WMBD, which is Peoria's most watched station overall, to still be broadcasting in 4:3 is just ridiculous. Even tiny KHQA is at least in digital widescreen (tiny WGEM is in HD). Nexstar gave the digital widescreen treatment to a few stations last year which would not be going HD just yet. WMBD didn't even get that upgrade. WMBD is far more profitable than some of the Nexstar stations which have been fully renovated over the past 3 years.

Yes, seeing WMBD still broadcasting in 4:3 angers me. But their policy of continuing to blatantly ignore viewers who complain is the straw that broke the camel's back for me. Not very many Peorians are complaining about WEEK & WMBD not being in HD, I'm one of only a handful because the others simply don't know what they're missing. In other markets, far more people have complained. However, WMBD does continue to get complaints related to their inability to show syndicated programming in HD. Every time there's a sports event broadcast in 4:3, they get dogged with complaints, and yet they never bother to respond to any of those complaints. I find their shunning inexcusably rude. It shows they don't operate in the interest of the viewer, nor do they give a crap. That's why WMBD and Nexstar have totally lost my support. At least WEEK will sometimes answer these complaints, though they are not always truthful or even professional.

And even though WMBD doesn't have a single Meteorologist with a CBM, AMS or NWA certification, as well as a horrible turnover rate, I still like them better than WEEK. Both stations are horrible for technical glitches and failures. But I'll have to watch WEEK when forced. Otehrwise I'm thankful for access to superior neighboring stations.

The next person who wants to criticize me or call me an armchair manager (as "peoria555" did last July) better first look into what is happening at virtually every other tv market, and provide me with some real answers, instead of just copping-out that there's no money in Peoria. Peoria is not the poorest market in the nation. If Eerie PA can do it TWICE, than so can Peoria. Some Terra Haute & South Bend IN, Youngstown OH, Carbodale IL stations have already converted a few years ago as well. BTW, "Peoria 555" never did answer me back on why almost every other market is there. Perhaps "peoria555", or any of the others who have criticized me over the years, could also tell me why Peoria is now the biggest market without an hd newscast. He mentioned he worked at WEEK & WMBD. But i guess it is possible to work at those 2 stations and only those 2 stations, which would therefore make somebody oblivious of the national trend.

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RE: WMBD You are talking about a station that had a "buzz" in their audio due to a bad microwave link for almost their entire analog broadcast history, even after they went stereo. They knew it but didn't ever do anything about it. Imagine trying to explain that noise to someone, that there was nothing wrong with their brand new Stereo TV.

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Before the switch to HD, were they broadcasting local in widescreen or 4:3?
Up until Sinclair formerly took over them, ALL local & syndicated prog was 4:3. After the takeover, & after FOX had been running their new local AM show (with WICS anchors) for awhile, they started broadcasting it in full HD. (CW still was ALL local 4:3 at that time)

About the middle of Jan, all of a sudden syndicated shows I watch showed up as full HD...along with promos on FOX 55 touting "now in HD". I then tuned to CW 23 & their syndicated shows were ALSO in full HD. So if nothing else, I'll at least give Sinclair credit for getting these upgraded (FINALLY)!

Except for obviously WCFN 49.1/3.2, that now makes all of our local stations doing full HD. Part of me wishes they WOULD make WCFN HD...but I know there WOULD also be blowback from CBS viewers complaining of WCIA's HD being degraded by cramming 2 HD signals on the same station(s). Maybe they could make it HD, but only directly out of the studio to TV providers; unfortunately, that would probably ONLY be Comcast, since both DirecTV & DISH pick up WCIA/WCFN OTA, as well as most of the other area cable providers. (& I believe U-verse as well)
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The next person who wants to criticize me or call me an armchair manager (as "peoria555" did last July) better first look into what is happening at virtually every other tv market, and provide me with some real answers, instead of just copping-out that there's no money in Peoria. Peoria is not the poorest market in the nation. If Eerie PA can do it TWICE, than so can Peoria. Some Terra Haute & South Bend IN, Youngstown OH, Carbodale IL stations have already converted a few years ago as well. BTW, "Peoria 555" never did answer me back on why almost every other market is there. Perhaps "peoria555", or any of the others who have criticized me over the years, could also tell me why Peoria is now the biggest market without an hd newscast. He mentioned he worked at WEEK & WMBD. But i guess it is possible to work at those 2 stations and only those 2 stations, which would therefore make somebody oblivious of the national trend.
I hear you, Jeremy. It's 2015, and not one Peoria station is in HD. I keep looking at your situation, and I wanted to say this.

While the 4 stations (not 3) are all in HD now up in the Rockford market, it's known that all the Rockford stations are up for sale to someone who will buy them. As one Chicago media person in the know once told me 3 or 4 years ago: it may not be terribly long before those stations become satellites of the Madison stations. I fully agree. The owners of the ABC/FOX affiliate up here are in bankruptcy, and even the roof of WTVO, our ABC affiliate, was in such poor shape that employees wondered if it was going to collapse. Seriously! Last winter, their tower was so unstable that they had to go off the air for a few days because it was in danger of collapsing into their studios and transmitter!

So, things aren't as rosy as you think they are up here. Furthermore, turnover is very high. After several years, a very good meteorologist was let go...simply because of salary, I am sure. Their news department has been cut beyond to the bone. And, we don't even have a PBS station up here!

I could see WMBD, WEEK, etc become satellites of the Champaign/Springfield market stations, and your market getting absorbed into that one, creating a huge central Illinois TV market, much like Birmingham, AL. While that wouldn't be fun, you'd finally get HD. BTW, Birmingham's ABC affiliate shut down 2 of their three full power transmitters last year to save money. Some people can't get them now except via satellite or cable.

The only thing that I can say is that market revenue is so bad, they cannot upgrade. Furthermore, they can't keep high-paid talent as a result. Finally, going HD would be too expensive for a small or cheap owner. Their return on investment would be too small, otherwise, they would certainly be in HD. And, more than likely, the company has told local management, to put it bluntly, to shut up or hand wave as best they can when the HD question is asked. If they lie, that is wrong, but if they are silent, the answer is "no, and we cannot tell you when...because we don't know either". I'm sure they all wish they were in HD. I'm 100% positive on that. Who doesn't want to look like a Mickey Mouse operation operating with 1990s equipment? But their company bosses higher up have said "no", and I'm sure they are pushing to have it done.

So, I say: don't pummel them hard. It stinks, I know. They likely have NO say in when they will be upgraded, though I am sure they have voiced their concerns, repeatedly. Instead, encourage them, when they get good talent, to pay to keep them. Having idiots in HD who couldn't write or tell a news story is infinitely worse than someone who can in 4:3 and 1990s cameras, switchers and editing equipment.

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I could see WMBD, WEEK, etc become satellites of the Champaign/Springfield market stations, and your market getting absorbed into that one, creating a huge central Illinois TV market, much like Birmingham, AL. While that wouldn't be fun, you'd finally get HD. BTW, Birmingham's ABC affiliate shut down 2 of their three full power transmitters last year to save money. Some people can't get them now except via satellite or cable.
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Although I still can't see that above scenario happening in spite of the Peoria market's issues, another possibility could be the Peoria stations becoming satellites of the Quad Cities affiliates--and the QC Big 4 (WHBF, KWQC, WQAD, KLJB) Grade B contours actually cover all or parts of Peoria.
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And even though WMBD doesn't have a single Meteorologist with a CBM, AMS or NWA certification, as well as a horrible turnover rate, I still like them better than WEEK.

Funny you should mention that Jokinjer1. WMBD's Chief met announced on his Facebook that he is leaving Mar 13 to go to WISH8 in Indy (his home area). In the job opening for his replacement one of the requirements is the AMS seal or CBM. I hope they get someone who can give their WSI MAX system a good workout. If nothing else their upgraded scroll system is not five minutes behind like the old one was. It also scrolls the actual text of the warning or svr wx statement instead of the generic 'warning for x until y'. If you're not doing live coverage that information is vital and has irritated me for years that no one has had it locally since WHOI's Accuweather First Warn crawl back in 1996.
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