I have a QAM tuner and last night decided to re-autotune my channels. Much to my delight, WBRL (WB) was available! I almost watched Gilmore Girls even because of it... I said almost. Anyway this was especially cool to see, because I didn't see any notice or mention of its launch anywhere, and the fact that the best I could figure out was that this station isn't scheduled to go online until January. Now, UPN is the only local station not broadcasting in HD in BR, which is really sad when you think about it, because WUPL is owned by the folks at WAFB (CBS). The best part about using a QAM tuner, is that I get about 60 digital cable and 6 local HD channels all just through my Cox basic+expanded packaged lines. I don't have to pay an outrageous amount for the STBs that Cox likes to force down our throats either, nor the digital access fees that come with it. Plus, when all I had was OTA ATSC, all I could get reliably was ABC and PBS, and I live in the center of BR on College Dr.!
Anyway, as great as it is to get these channels for essentially free compared to what most others pay through Cox, I was wondering if any others were experiencing some issues that I have found with the broadcasts themselves. Particularly, Arrested Development and Scrubs, my two favorite comedies, were both shown in upconverted SD on their respected HD channels this week. Now, I am not 100% sure that Scrubs is shot in HD, but I do know for a fact that Arrested Development is. This really pissed me off when it happened this Sunday, because I was able to contact a friend in Boston who watched it and it was broadcast in HD there! I contacted WGMB, and the guy said they just relay what FOX gives them. So what's the deal? Was this just a Cox thing? Did anyone with an ATSC tuner watch the show, and was it shown in full 16:9 glory? Thanks for any help ya'll can provide into this little conundrum.