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Just heard from the station manager for KBPI on the question of when they would begin broadcasting locally in HD, and why the Super Bowl was going to be broadcast last year in HD, then suddenly it wasn't. Very interesting and informative email from Marty Houstion (thanks Marty!)....
Thanks for the email, we always appreciate input and feedback from the viewers. The list of folks asking about our plans for HD broadcasting is growing and it is evident that the number of viewers with HD televisions is growing. I completely understand how folks are taken in by the great picture in HD and how watching regular or analog signals is a step down once you have it. I point out to those who ask about our HD plans that HD is not voluntary, it is mandated by the government, at least for over air broadcast stations. The local stations broadcasting in HD now were given a deadline to have their HD signals on the air. Right now you can receive the stations in HD or analog. In other words they are operating two separate transmitters. The congress and senate are working on legislation right now to discontinue all analog television signals by the end of 2008. At that time all of the analog spectrum will be returned to the government and auctioned off to probably cell phone companies and such. My guess is between now and then you will see HD signals, television sets, ect., become more of the standard before the deadline. In the situation with KPBI, we still have not received our assignment for HD spectrum. We are not alone, there are other stations waiting as well. I am told that there is an FCC window opening before that will accomplish that, so we are still waiting. I can tell you though, as with the other stations, once we have the assignment there will also be a deadline to have the signal on the air. Right now, can't offer up much more than that for you. We have discussed a way to pipe in HD signal directly to cable or satellite, but engineers for both sides have not been able to figure that out yet, this goes back to what you were asking in regards to the Super Bowl where we were attempting to provide some sort of direct HD feed to Cox cable. Stay in touch, I will be glad to pass along any updates I receive in this regard. Thanks again.
So it looks like it is coming, just don't know when yet....