Originally Posted by catdaddy
I agree. ABC 45 is a complete joke. I am more shocked when it broadcasts correctly than when it doesnt. TWC should never pay them extra.
Maybe I've just gotten lucky, or maybe its because I didn't get into OTA HD until fall of 2005 and I was not watching through a lot of the growing pains of the OTA stations, but my experience with ABC 45 HD OTA has, overall, been very good. The only problems I have experienced has been with their audio. Now granted, that was during the Super Bowl and some of the bowl games last year which was annoying. I TiVo a lot of primetime ABC shows and never seem to have problems. The occasional, opps we forgot to switch back over to HD after a commercial happens, but I've seen that with many of the other local stations too.
One thing that I do find interesting is the whole stalemate between ABC 45's parent company and TWC. It reminds me a bit how AOL's content was developed during its reign atop the internet world in the 90's. During that time, content providers were paying AOL to have their content on AOL. I worked for a company then that was considering a contract in the millions just to have our content on AOL. We were out-bid by a competitor. In this scenario ABC 45 would be paying TWC to have its HD content on their HD tier. Since the .com bust, there seems to be a bit of a role reversal. AOL is now paying people like WebMD, just to name one, to provide content that is only available on AOL. I guess AOL finally got smart and realized that with broadband people would not need AOL. The difference in this case would be that there are other means to get the ABC 45 content.
I don't know if this is similar to anything that has happened in the broadcasting industry or not and the members that are part of the broadcasting community could better answer that question, but I find it interesting that the same concept or even business model seems to be carrying over to many different communication mediums.
Now, does that mean I am in favor of what TWC is doing? No. Does that mean I am in favor of what ABC 45's parent company is doing? No. I think they are both being stupid and the only people that are losing out are the TV watchers. The TV watching community is bound to get annoyed enough to go to OTA or D*. Not that it is a bad alternative, its just different than what they currently have. I do find it interesting that they were able to come to terms with D* without any problems.
Just some thoughts of my own