Want the news you've all been waiting for? Both stations' full-power digital transmitters are slated to go live this week....as early as Tuesday (Aug. 14)!!!!!
And the reason ya'll haven't seen KTAB-DT over the air for the last couple of days is because the low-power transmitter has been permanently shut off; some of its parts are being incorporated into the new Acrodyne full-power systems due to commonality.
Our website, http://bigcountryhomepage.com/conten...text/?cid=1375
, contains the official press release, and I personally will be out at the mountain this week to get video for the newscasts, and I'll be shooting live shots at least for the KTAB side.
As for Suddenlink, both stations' analog and digital signals are supplied via fiber directly from our master control; the transmitters aren't even in the loop, except maybe as a backup at Suddenlink's facility. KRBC-DT has been off the air since the tower fell last winter...trust me, there is no "secret" microwave link to the cable company....hell if we had the equipment to do that, we'd instead use it to replace our failing ENG transmitters/receivers (ENG=Electronic News Gathering, i.e. live trucks). And as a subscriber to Suddenlink's HD service, I have yet to see KRBC HD. The full-bandwidth signal is available to them, but my guess is they may be waiting until the channel is officially broadcasting, which, again, should be this week.
And my guess is as good as anyone's as to why Suddenlink doesn't carry KTXS' HD signal. Maybe it was part of Nexstar's agreement with Cox/Suddenlink? But now I'm just guessing, which leads to multi-page threads such as this. Facts are facts, and only the people who know the facts really know the facts.....
And many of you may know we're also the master control facility for KLST/KSAN, the CBS/NBC stations in San Angelo (just as our Fox station is controlled from KIDY's master control in San Angelo). The demise of KR's tower last winter severed the multi-channel microwave relay between here and there (Abilene studio-KRBC tower-Ballinger tower-KSAN tower-San Angelo studio), so we're currently installing a fiber link between the cities; it will be complete by the end of the year. In the meantime, all of San Angelo's network programming is supplied by Dish Network's feeds of KTAB and KRBC, with manual insertion of local commercials and newscasts.