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Darren told me this morning that he had not been monitoring their HD feed "in a while", so maybe that's the problem. Both my Denon and my Sony AV receivers display DD 5.1 for WPLG-DT, but the rears sometimes don't have any sound coming from them at all. I've written to the station manager twice since they've been on the air with a digital signal, and I have never received a response. In fact, Darren is just about the only one who has ever communicated with me regarding issues with the digital channel. And their programming manager got pissed at me once when I called her to complain about them preempting a network HD movie to show a different movie in SD.
TV stations in this country had better wise up and realize that if they have no viewers, they have no business. All this crap about "not enough HD households" is just their way of avoiding the hard work required to get things working right. They know the bulk of the network HD programming takes place during primetime, and while this transition to DTV is underway they should have SOMEONE on duty to monitor what's going on. They should welcome the opportunity to get feedback from early adopters on how they're doing, and they should do something to correct the problems that are reported instead of hoping that "nobody's watching". As difficult (and expensive) as this whole deal is for the stations, it's NOT rocket science so I'm not cutting them any slack. They were all in on the process before the transition began, and if they felt they couldn't hack it they should've said so then and gotten out of the business. All this whining and complaining about the "lack of a business model for HD", coupled with an absolute lack of interest in the quality of their transmissions, just makes me sick. If you're going to do something, either do it right or don't do it at all. The guys at WPBT & WFOR seem to find time to make sure things are working properly....WPLG was first on the air with a digital signal so they should not still be having these kinds of problems.
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