Originally Posted by drewwho
Your main complaint about the way WRAL did things was that the feeds were not discreet. I do not remember that being a huge issue, but maybe the games I watched were close, or such massive blow-outs that I would have switched away myself.
Really there were multiple complaints:
1. The feeds were not discrete, so when a game was close the other feeds would switch to that one. If a game was a blowout, the feed would switch to another closer game too.
2. Cramming the channels into one OTA channel meant only 1 HD feed at poor quality, and 3 VERY poor SD channels.
3. HD feeds were provided to Time Warner but not to satellite customers.
The ideal scenario for OTA customers would be if multiple OTA networks had bid on the package... then we could have multiple OTA networks sharing the feeds like CBS and Turner are doing now.
I can only assume the other OTA networks didn't try to bid on such a deal, though... or perhaps CBS locked them out of the negotiations.
I would be annoyed as an OTA customer, except that traditionally before digital OTA we never had the possibility of more than 1 game at a time anyway.
A lot of people forget too... many many years ago ESPN used to carry games in the early rounds... so the only way you could watch those games was on cable or satellite.
So... there was only a very small window recently of being able to watch those poor quality SD feeds via OTA.