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The schedule call for the end of June, but that is based on perfect weather conditions for the tower crew to construct the tower. The actual steel starts to rise above the trees hopefully the week of March 24th. The schedule still looks like June, but shoot me an email later and I will be happy to give you any breaking news regarding the schedule.
Yes, KLRU will be on our new tower with their DT antenna and the analog will remain on our old one until their lease expires in 2010 or whenever the FCC tells us to turn off the old NTSC stuff. Their transmitting equipment arrived today and installation has already begun.
Everything looks good for June, but stay tune and keep in touch.
Director of Engineering
KVUE Television Inc.
|Here's the latest from Time Warner in LA today (3/7):
Unfortunately, we will not be launching ESPN in high definition on the March 30, 2003. However, we will be broadcasting ESPN in high definition in the coming months. Please visit http://www.accesstimewarner.com as it comes available.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Time Warner Cable
|I can't comment on everything I know, but I'll tell you what I can. Some of it is public knowledge, other info is from sources who wish to be anonymous.
There have been ongoing discussions between ESPN & every provider they currently are available on, regarding carriage of ESPN-HD.
In the DBS area, all my sources say Dish Network is a done deal and will be available from the March 30th inception date, baring technical issues. DirecTV is another matter. I believe they will carry it, but I don't know when. I also believe anything is still possible, including the March 30th date.
"...it will be available through more than half the major cable operators when it launches March 30, said Sean Bratches, ESPN's executive vice president, affiliate sales and marketing. He said deals are in place with several smaller cable systems and agreements are close to being completed with the majority of the majors. The deals are part of larger agreements that offer operators future price breaks on affiliate fees for the main ESPN network in exchange for carrying a larger number of ESPN properties. Those additional properties include ESPN HD and Spanish-language network ESPN Deportes as well as interactive services rolled out in the last two years."
|To my knowledge there are no public announcements from any provider. It's too much of a coincidence for this to be anything but a ESPN requirement.
One of two things will happen, either there will be one big press release or a bunch of individual ones. In any event it won't be too much longer.
|Originally posted by paulbehnke
Will there be a separate thread for San Antonio? I have not heard a peep from that thread for several weeks. I think it was called Big Three in SA? I cannot even find it! (or maybe I dont know how)
|Originally posted by RobertCooper
Does anyone in N. Austin have luck picking up the high-power CBS-DT station in Waco? I've not given it a shot yet b/c it will mean moving a bunch of sutff in my attic so I can rotate my antenna to that direction.
I'm sure people have, but I haven't seen anyone talk about it for a while, so I cannot remember
|Originally posted by tony_ansley
I live near Round Rock hospital and pick it Waco CBS fine on most nights with a RS U-75 antenna in my attic. It has periods of signal drop-out on some nights depending on the weather, but most of the time it comes in fine.
With my antenna pointing at Waco, I still get KXAN from the backside with decent signal strength so I don't need to get a rotor. I can't wait for KEYE to up its signal so I can turn the antenna towards Austin and get really good signal for CBS!
|Originally posted by RobertCooper
Can you FEDEX me some of that tasty Maine/New Englan Lobster? You have a good point there. :D
I find it funny how when it rains/fogs in the least, all construction in all of Austin is halted. Case in point: I35/Ben White. If it sprinkles, that construction site is a ghost town. Maybe I can understand, b/c of dirt shifting issues. But the tower... come on. As long as it's not windy, they should be able to toss that steel right up there!!! Just my uninformed, "I want HDTV yesterday" opinion. Heheheh