Originally Posted by fhschellenberg
Are you sure that Kathy knows you are applying for an 'HD' waiver?
Sorry for jumping in here when I don't know the whole story, but I read somewhere that 'HD' waivers were different and since WTAJ is not transmitting 'HD' in any form, they shouldn't and usually don't have a problem with issuing an 'HD' waiver. Unless things have changed with the new ownership
No problem at all "jumping in." I really haven't told the whole story on this forum.
Yes, I'm sure I made it clear that it was an HD waiver I was looking for. I believe the subject of my e-mail was "Directv HD Waiver" The new ownership doesn't take over until November. The law is just poorly written--go figure. Don't get me started!
Not to get on a rant here, but. . .
Possibly, Tinyiota is right. I am a few miles closer to Altoona than many in SC, and I do have a very strong DT signal. I have given up on Kathy Smith, though. She is optimistic about the new ownership's commitment to HD, but realistically, we won't see WTAJ-HD until at least February. It's a non-trivial upgrade.
Even with a waiver, I can't get Steelers coverage from Directv anyway. I personally don't care if I see Survivor in high definition.
It has been an extremely frustrating learning process. The law aims to protect the viability of small markets, but small market stations are all being swallowed up by conglomerates anyway. Even in Pittsburgh, Fox affiliate WPGH gets it's news from NBC affiliate WPXI. In this market, WWCP and WATM are owned by the same company. The law doesn't even force local markets to broadcast in HD, only digital SD.
The out of market waiver law does not even consider digital transmissions. The waiver eleigibility is based on the analog coverage area.
Isn't it absurd to re-broadcast all the network HD content to every local affiliate! Directv is wasting most of their available bandwidth just re-broadcast the exact same programing to every podunk market (like Johnstown/Altoona) across the country! Not to mention that local affiliates are wasting HD bandwidth 24 hours a day to show 2 to 3 hours of HD content each day.