I have called the FCC, KXTV (Chief Engineer), KHSL(market manager), Comcast Corporate(Programming Manager Wendy. I have gotten the same story. Here goes.
I have comcast cable (due to the fact I need high speed Inet and dsl not an option), I have 42" plasma and need more HD. I have channels 919 through 930 which is about 7 HD channels. I am looking or ABC, FOX and such. I need all locals. I am a football fan and am about to order D* sunday ticket and super fan for all the HD games since as it stands not I have a battle in front of me to get the local OTA or otherwise.
Here is what I have found out about when and how we will get HD locals in Chico. I live near the park by PV high which means trees and lots of them. I have been told the chico area comcast terminal has been rebuilt so as to provide high bandwidth programming. Which means chico is able to get all the hd programing and on demand stuff now. So technologically chico is ready to rock in HD. However, KHSL will not move to HD until they have to, due to money because they have to rebuild their tower to provide HD OTA, which they plan to do first to work the bugs out prior to sending it through cable. KXTV has told me they already provide comcast with the digital and HD feed for anyone to pass it on. And according to their Chief Engineer who reviewed the contract rights for me said that comcast DOES have the rights to broadcast KXTV (abc 10) signal. So why haven't they? That is a great question and I am about to find out. I am waiting for a call from the local comcast engineer Tom Baer. He is suppose to tell me what the deal is. It looks like it is boiling down to money and time.
I have read the thread and looks like for now the only way to get the HD I want is to apply for waivers and such.
Thanks for all your info. Just wanted you to know it was very helpful. How is it coming now. Are you happy? Can you give me some advice on how to get the waiver stuff going. Did you get OTA with any antenna well enough. I have to get ready for football season. I am a football finatic and need HD Monday nights. Thanks for all your support.