Hi again. I have a feeling the best way to get the local stations in gear is to get their advertisers talking to them about HD. When you buy a car or visit an advertiser let them know their product will look great in HD! Ask them to let the stations know they are interested. Cheers, Horton
A good idea, but there are so few of us....
A few weeks back, I had a conversation at the airport with a fellow with KNME (sorry, but I don't remember his name). I was telling him about how great their HD feed looks, and that I just got my OTA box, blah, blah , blah.
When I told him how appreciative I was that KNME was doing HD, and how annoying it was that certain other stations were not, he commented to me that the last data he had seen suggested that there were only about 500 users in the WHOLE STATE that were actually able to receive OTA Digital TV.
I guess if you do the math, and divide the number of users by the cost for a station to upgrade to digital, it doesn't exactly make a compelling business case to do it.
Of course, they have no choice and eventually the viewers will come, but thats one big expense to get the attention of 500 pairs of eyeballs.
And I would agree 100% with Horton; we all need to send a big Thank You to KRQE for what they have done so far.
I have a Sammy box, which has had some occasional problems with KRQE. Every time I have send an e-mail to Frank Lilley, I get a response within 24 hours (usually quicker), indicating what they are doing to fix the problem. I am sure he has other things to do, but from my viewpoint, the customer service has been outstanding.
Contrast that with KOB. For whatever reason, they are the only station I can not get at my home (West of Tramway and Academy). I get squat for signal strength, which seems odd given that they are on the crest like everyone else (I think), and the levels from all the other stations are about the same (60% to 70%).
I sent them a note over a month ago, asking if there are any issues with my box, or anything else they can suggest. No reply. Nothing. Zip. Nada. Oh well, they have zero programming that interests me anyway.