Originally Posted by CPanther95
The standard response of "it must be your equipment" is what I get whenever I contact WBTV, I've never been able to receive a response from WCNC regarding HDTV.
If you ever want to speak to an engineer, just call the station's main number and ask for the engineering department. They should direct you there with technical questions anyway.
Yesterday the audio was fine (except for when the network feed went out), as it is today.
Yeah, the snowstorm in NY caused rainfade on the network signal. There is a cband backup we can switch to for the analog signal, but no such deal for HDTV.
1) At what level do you cap the bandwidth that Weather Plus can consume?
To tell you the truth, I don't know the exact answer to that, but I can find out tomorrow morning. I do know that we run the bandwidth on weather plus pretty low, and we get a pretty good picture considering.
2) Is it necessary to place the "You are watching surface (etc) on nbc" on your digital feed since it requires dropping to SD during programming, then a hard switch to HD with the associated "pops" from our receivers?
Those snipes are embedded in the NBC feed. I think what you are probably seeing is the switchback from analog to HD after one of our local commercial breaks. When we go to local break during an HD program, we drop out of the NBC HD feed to our upconverted master control feed, then back when it's over. This used to be done manually by the master control operator.
We recently changed it so that the switch is done by GPI triggers on our commercial playback system. When the break is over, a GPI is triggered and the switch occurs. The problem is, a lot of our breaks end with ID spots that have pad in them.. in other words, the spot is 10 seconds long even though you only see 5 seconds of it on air. Because of this, the switch can sometimes happen a few seconds late. That's probably too long of an explanation, but I think that's probably what you're seeing.