Originally Posted by fhschellenberg
One last question: How is Mr. Dan Owens, Chief Engineer to deal with? I have been trying since November 2005 to get a waiver for the East DNS-HD DirecTV channels until WWCP/WATM get HD on the air. I've physically visited and left a detailed letter explaining my request (Mr. Owens was not available). After about a month, I called (no answer) 5-6 times and left a voice message and local number to call me back. No response of any kind yet! Would you recommend going directly to DirecTV? It sure would be nice to have ABC-HD for the Super Bowl.
Dan is a good guy but is also known to some as "the busiest guy on earth." You might be better off trying to speak directly to their General Manager. Dan's got a lot going on, especially if the HD equipment for the ABC side has arrived. I think the GM might be a better choice anyway. I'm not sure who is in charge of waivers there, however.
Going directly to DirecTV might not work either, my father has done this as well. I'm not sure WATM/WWCP understands the distinction between a DNS waiver for HD and a regular DNS waiver. They probably reject all waivers now as a matter of course because DirecTV and Dish have our local channels available.
I would try getting on the phone and trying to talk to the GM there. When I took care of my father's DNS waiver for CBS-HD Kathy Smith at WTAJ did it within a day or two, so it can be done quickly.
As to WATM-DT, I think we still have some confusion. The 8.2 subchannel you see as WATM is part of the WWCP-DT digital channel on channel 29. 8.1 is WWCP-TV and 8.2 is WATM-TV.
The digital transmitter at Wopsy is on channel 24, and subchannel 23.1 is WATM-TV and 23.2 is WWCP-TV.
Please note my careful use of the -TV and -DT designations. -TV represents an analog TV channel, a single program. -DT represents a digital TV channel capable of carrying ~19.4 Mbps of data. In the case of most TV stations the data is a single HD program stream, or an HD program stream at ~15 Mbps and a secondary program like NBC Weather Plus or ABC News Now.
From the information I have the long term plan for stations in our market will be:
8.1 - FOX HD (WWCP-DT)
8.2 - ABC SD (WWCP-DT)
15.1 - PBS HD (WPSU-DT)
15.2 - PBS SD (WPSU-DT)
24.1 - ABC HD (WATM-DT)
24.2 - FOX SD (WATM-DT)
32.1 - CBS HD (WTAJ-DT)
34.1 - NBC HD (WJAC-DT)
34.2 - NBC Weather Plus (WJAC-DT)