Originally posted by scaramastraTWC's Superbowl coverage was 4x3 downconverted, Dolby Pro Logic, and looked terrible for me too. They will sure be hearing from me today. I pray this wont continue with further HD events like the NBA playoffs and Stanly Cup...
At this time, WXLV has no way to send ABC network HD material. It is all upconverted from analog. I know for a fact they have the digital microwave in (I have seen it), they run two streams on air all the time with the second having either color bars or like now, nothing.
I have been told by those in the know, they have no way to get the ABC HD signal into the encoder at this time and that it is on their long range to do list (translated - when the money becomes available). This is SOP at all the Sinclair stations around the country. (and Sinclair owns both WXLV ABC45 and WUPN UPN48).
We should be a little happy since both Sinclair stations operate at relatively high power levels (WXLV around 450, 000 watts and WUPN at full power at 400,000) since most Sinclair stations operate in the 1-10,000 watt range. (WLOS the Sinclair station in Asheville operates at less then 10,000 watts and has no HD pass through either.)