I am writing this to you with concerns over my two local stations and their DTV signals.
While I realize that they do not have to broadcast an HDTV signal from their networks, and intend never to do so, so I am told. I feel they are beginning to cheat us out of just about everything else also!
First of all their digital signal is almost unwatchable, because of low power and poor antenna placement, the station refuses to correct this even after numerous phone calls and emails.
I did not buy into HDTV to watch a 480i signal from anyone, let alone these two Nexstar owned stations.
In the mornings they have decided to broadcast only one newscast, and is it simulcast on the other one! So now locally because of this decision they have left me only one alternative for morning news and info which is WNEP, a station that is doing the right thing by its viewers. Then comes 12:00 news, Again same simulcast on both stations! I would venture to say if these stations were owned by two different companies this would never happen, and should NEVER happen!
On the HD front, they are often rude in any response your get from them, and I have never been able to get a response from the parent company, Nexstar on the HD matter. It seems a shame that after the government decided that Digital television, and HD are the broadcasting standards of the present and future, that these two stations have decided to take the minimum approach to the issue and cheat the local viewers out of not one but two of our National Networks and their HD programming. Again I believe this to be a direct result of the fact that both are owned by Nexstar broadcasting, and their actions are decided by them, and not locally. I am quite sure that if they were owned independently of one another I may have at this point at least one other HD network offering to me.
In closing I would like to point out that I have done some checking into the status of other Nexstar owned stations and it seems that this seems to be a blanket policy for all of their stations, I believe 24 across the country. While I realize that HD retransmission is a costly venture, I believe that Nexstar has known this all along and should have prepared for it better. I also believe that as a result of restrictions being lifted when it comes to station ownership, that this example serves as a prime indicator that no one should be allowed to own more than one television station in the same market, I fear that at some point between the endless PAID PROGRAMMING infomercials that I have to endure from them on the weekends in the middle of the day, when NBC, or CBS doesn't have any national programming on, that except for Prime-time I will one day see the same exact broadcast on these two stations all day long, thus removing choices from my local market, this is already starting to happen.
Thank you for your time.