Originally Posted by Demodave
Just announced today:
Sinclair has signed on with the CW network. KFBT (currently Gold 33) will carry the new CW network. Sinclair's other station, KVWB (currently WB) will carry the new MyNetwork.
Already announced, KTUD (UPN Las Vegas) will go independent with new sydicated and sports programming.
Now, I wonder if Sinclair will add HD to KFBT's digital signal in time for the CW's launch? Will they ever work out a retransmission deal with Cox for HD?
Not hardly! Recent measurments of KFBT's OTA digital signal are below. Unless they can fit HD into 4Mbps "they ain't gonna be showin no purty HD channels!" They are contracted to sell out to USDTV all their available bandwidth. The WB is also a bandwidth sellout. As for KTUD, they are/were low power with no digital signal...See this post for specific details
4.2Mbps 33-1 Gold 33 (independent)
1.8Mbps 99-1 USDTV (USDTV Guide)
3.7Mbps 99-2 USDTV (ESPN)
4.4Mbps 99-3 USDTV (ESPN2)
2.0Mbps 99-6 USDTV (Food Network)
2.6Mbps 99-9 USDTV (HGTV)
11.4Mbps 21-1 WB HD
3.5Mbps 99-10 USDTV (Lifetime)
2.4Mbps 99-50 USDTV (Starz!)
...will offer twelve hours of original programming per week in a primetime schedule dominated by telenovelas and reality shows.
This is via 2 hours per night for six nights a week. Basically a daily primetime soap with a weekly recap episode. These two shows per night are not promised to be in HD, so they could sell off even more bandwidth to USDTV.
This is basically a non-manned television station that offers no local programming and gets all feeds via sat. Outside of the primetime "telenovelas" will be constant syndicated situation comedy reruns and dramas - All specifically in SD from a tape que loop.
This is the way it's looking now, and nothing indicates it's going to change. USDTV is offering specials, giveaways and yearly programming contracts with NEW programming coming soon, so they are staying on the air and using those stations bandwidth to keep themselves on the air.
The BEST we could have hoped for, is that KVWB would offer the CW programming so that we could at least get HD-lite at 11Mbs.