Originally Posted by Enigma
I agree with you; what I was noting was that for some time (since around the first of the year, when they supposedly got everything running) I hadn't seen a signal (like you, when they aren't full power I can't receive them). Since they've been on so many times that I've checked them lately I'm assuming that they are either going permanenty to full power or are doing some kind of extended testing (seems unlikely).
Several years ago they had a full power signal, but I don't believe it was broadcasting HD. Then there equipment went out, or something, and for a long time I could get nothing. Somewhere around the first of the year (maybe Feb or March, I forget now) I saw a signal from time to time.
I wasn't implying that they could do anything with HD other than pass thru what the network sends out. A few of my Wife's shows (Gilmore Girls, for one) is in HD, and despite their annoying voices I could stomach it a little better if we received it in HD (I note that they are now done for the season; how ironic).
Has anyone heard any
news regarding any of the local stations plans for doing any HD locally? I haven't heard anything at all along those lines.
Again, to the best of my knowledge, no local station can even capture and playback HD Programming, so local HD is a good ways off.
Even on a network level, I find it interesting watching KABC-DT out of Los Angeles with their Air7HD Helicopter as they are only able to show live pictures and during taped replay of scenes shot from it, they are only in SD.
Thus, here is a Network O&O with one of 2 HD Copters in the nation and they cannot even tape it in HD for delayed playback.
I venture to say HDTV local produced programming is a way off for Tampa.
The only positive sign I see is that the new President of Gannett TV (owners of Channel 10) is from KUSA in Denver, where they are one of 7 stations doing a HD Newscast. Gannett also does one at WUSA in DC. We will see how much of a priority it is for them - which could spur the other companies. However, Channel 10 is #4 behind WEDU/WFTS/WTVT - and just slightly ahead of WFLA which is the worse - in terms of HD screw ups - so they have a long way to improve just passing Network HD without botching it up.
Edit: Actually WTSP should fall at #6 and WFLA #7 in order of attention to HDTV detail and lack of screw ups. UPN44 and WB38 have far less screwups than either of them - but then again they have less HDTV content as well. For obvious reasons, PAX 66, 50, 32, 22 and 16 don't screw up as they don't have real HiDef content so they are not a part of the equation.
Also, the more I think of the other subject, I am sure Sinclair pulled the power on 38 for the ratings to try to push people to their SD channel for Neilsen credit in the May Sweeps.