I have nothing but good things to say about Kathy Smith of WTAJ. She did everything that she could to get me a waiver for Dish Network CBS out of NYC. Here are a few quotes from email conversations between us, and I'm curious if anybody has any thoughts on her comments:
"Waivers are granted for HD programming based on your ability to receive our
analog signal with an antenna. Send me your address & I'll research your
signal strength. We will not be broadcasting in HD for approximately
another 12-18 months. You're correct in realizing the cost involved. It's
well over a million dollars to upgrade to full digital & more for high
definition. Plus, we have no committment from the satellite companies to
carry our HD signal when we do convert. We currently broadcast a digital
signal on Channel 32, but you can only pick up WTAJ-DTV with a digital
antenna & receiver. As yet, no cable companies nor either dish company
carries our digital signal."
"Also, the sat carriers do not want to give up the bandwidth it would take to
carry both the analog & the digital (or HD) signals for the local stations.
The cable companies are of the same opinion. It will change as digital
becomes more popular. For your information...of the total number of
television sets in this market, less than 1% are HD capable. We are still
in the stone age of TV around here even though the big tech stores are
pushing them. Analog will become obsolete in the not too distant future, if
the FCC has its way."
Also, slykens, when is the next update like your original post?