Originally Posted by mattbooty
I went there but I can't figure out how to tell what is HD and what isn't. Is everything on there HD? Because it lists every network there and they are all very close (except for nbc which is 30 miles away in johnstown), does this mean I'll be able to get everythign in HD? I didn't get that impression from the other posts here. Also, why is it that CBS ABC and FOX are all listed as 5.3-5.5 miles away but CBS/ABC I only need a yellow antenna and FOX jumps all the way up to blue?
Thanks for your response.
If you read through the thread, you will find that all the networks in the market are broadcasting in digital, but currently only NBC and PBS are in HD Over The Air.
In addition, it has also been discussed that since FOX and ABC are owned by the same entity, they are broadcasting both ABC and FOX on channel 24 in Altoona.
CBS is broadcasting on channel 32 in Altoona as well.
TV reception is a very location specific thing, but since you're in Altoona, depending on the terrain at your location, you should be able to get all of the networks in digital (at least).
The Timeframe until the remaining networks are available OTA in HD is known only to the people running the various TV stations. It was posted earlier in this thread that CBS was hoping to have an HD OTA signal by next summer. It was also posted that FOX/ABC wants to do HD, but is working on figuring out a cost effective way to get the HD streams from their studio to their transmitters. When this all actually happens is anyone's guess.
Unfortunately, the only sure-fire way to tell if the station is in HD is to watch it's stream, or ask them. There are a bunch of "lists" around, but they are not always accurate.. As an Example, if you go to the CBS corporate site, they list WTAJ as broadcasting in HD, even though they are not.