Originally Posted by vblyth
So legally they have to do it, but I agree with Squid. When will KAKE get it together and provide a seamless HD/digital audio break like KWCH provides? Will they ever? Do they even care?
From reading Jay Prater's Digital TV blogs on KAKE's web site, he says they'd like to be able to stay in HD all the time, but it's not that simple, due to the complexity of the 'plumbing issues.'
The big holdup in my opinion is this: MONEY!!!
Their parent company (Gray TV) isn't willing to invest in the HD infrastructure to make this happen as they don't feel it's worth the expense for something that brings little in return.
This may have been true pre-digital transition, but with just the digital signal now (remember the 'good old days' when weather crawls only appeared on the analog channel?), it's more obvious than ever that people are noticing something's just not right when the picture keeps jumping out of HD just to put in a station ID (or a weather map or crawl, an EAS alert, a breaking news mention, ad nauseum).
If we complain enough, though, hopefully the powers-that-be will finally realize that this foot-dragging has cost them some viewers.
Maybe if there were a local broadcaster's economic stimulus package?