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post #3991 of 4173
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Originally Posted by esdx View Post

And now WAWD is on channel 58 of DirecTV. It only comes up on my HD boxes (it's probably an MPEG-4 channel) and it's in 720p HD, but the picture is about 10 percent smaller than the frame and it's in the 16x9 ratio. Is the same thing happening on Dish?

I wonder what's keeping DirecTV from providing WFGX and WJTC in HD now....

If WFGX-TV were to broadcast ThisTV programming full time on their main channel, there would be no need for DirecTV to provide a high-definition version of their programming because ThisTV programming is not available in high definition.
post #3992 of 4173
Alabama has the oldest public television network in the country. I have never known of APT being embroiled in politics, until now:

Dismissals at Alabama PTV linked to concerns over proposed broadcast of videos from religious right

http://currentpublicmedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/exclusive-two-alabama-ptv-firings.html

Long-time Executive Director Allan Pizzato and his deputy Pauline Howland were fired last week, and several board members have resigned in the wake of the firings.

Quoting the linked article:

"Pizzato had served 12 years as executive director of APT, a statewide network governed by a board of seven political appointees.

Howland, deputy director and chief financial officer, described the firings in an interview with Current and said she was "baffled" by the dismissals. But she also recalled how Pizzato had asked staff in April for advice about a series of videos that AETC commissioners wanted APT to air.

The videos featured David Barton, an evangelical minister and conservative activist whose publications and media appearances promote his theories about the religious intentions of America’s founders. He frequently appears on political commentary programs hosted by conservative Glenn Beck.

The American Heritage Series, a 10-part DVD series offered by Barton’s Texas-based organization WallBuilders LLC, “presents America's forgotten history and heroes, emphasizing the moral, religious and constitutional foundation on which America was built.” Christian broadcast networks Cornerstone Television and Trinity Broadcasting Networks air the series, according to the website."


This is a very, very disturbing development, in my opinion. Alabama has the oldest public television network in the country. No, its not the best. It is hamstrung by lack of funding in a state with serious economic problems, but it has always been there for the citizens of the state, and, in my opinion has benefited us all. I hate to see this kind of trend.

And this kind of step is obviously some kind of effort to "op-ed" PBS programming which is deemed to be filled with liberal bias. It does sound like a plan that an Opelika chiropractor might come up with, but it is no way to run a state public TV network. The airwaves are full of Christian TV stations, who I am sure are already carrying this series. Let them run it, and more power to those stations.

We do not need this type of programming to be force-fed through the public TV network. Think of all the other wonderful content we can now look forward to. I'm depressed.
post #3993 of 4173
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Originally Posted by mobilelawyer View Post

Dismissals at Alabama PTV linked to concerns over proposed broadcast of videos from religious right

There was more than this one event. They've been fighting over many things - like the Mission Statement.

As to the programming you mentioned, I heard that they had gotten legal advice from two different sources. Apparently, one said yes while the other said no to airing the program.

The problems for APT are only beginning.
post #3994 of 4173
Thank goodness for WSRE. I consider them as our "local" PBS station much more than I do APT.
post #3995 of 4173
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Originally Posted by esdx View Post

Thank goodness for WSRE. I consider them as our "local" PBS station much more than I do APT.

Same here, as much for the programming as the fact that they actually put a much better signal into south Baldwin County than APT does.
post #3996 of 4173
Does anyone think FOX10 could carry Mundofox? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MundoFox
post #3997 of 4173
I don't see why they would or even should. This area has a tiny Hispanic population, made smaller by the recent immigration legislation.

Most of the affiliates for MundoFox are small LPTV operators and independents already targeting big Hispanic populations, anyway.
post #3998 of 4173
Is it just me....or is WALA's HD picture very fuzzy?
Ever since they upgraded to Full HD, the picture looks about the same as it did resolution-wise, even when they were in still doing things in SD.
post #3999 of 4173
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Originally Posted by esdx View Post

Is it just me....or is WALA's HD picture very fuzzy?
Ever since they upgraded to Full HD, the picture looks about the same as it did resolution-wise, even when they were in still doing things in SD.

Is that something you're noticing all the time, or just during network shows or local news, or…?

I watched some of their morning show this morning and it looked fine, but I didn't pay attention to commercials or promos.
post #4000 of 4173
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post

Is that something you're noticing all the time, or just during network shows or local news, or…?
I watched some of their morning show this morning and it looked fine, but I didn't pay attention to commercials or promos.

Pretty much on everything....especially on network and local programs. I changed the channel to other stations including WEAR and WKRG...even WFGX and WFNA, and it seemed all of those stations had a much sharper picture.
I was watching all of these stations off-air.
post #4001 of 4173
WPMI and WJTC are being sold by Newport Television to Sinclair Broadcasting, who already owns WEAR and WFGX. But because of federal duopoly regulations, Sinclair has granted Deerfield Media an option to acquire the licenses of WPMI and WJTC; however, Sinclair will control four stations in the Mobile - Pensacola market either through outright ownership or shared services agreements.
post #4002 of 4173
Broadcasting & Cable has a new article about the Mobile-Pensacola TV market titled "Market Eye: Coastal, But Not Coasting". I found its description of WFGX-TV as a "unique hybrid" interesting along with the idea that the station have more local programming in the future. Personally I wish the station would broadcast all programming from ThisTV on a new sub-channel and use the main channel for programs from other sources.
post #4003 of 4173
WJTC is unique in itself that it is an independent station and has remained such (because of Sinclair's early deal with MyNetwork and Emmis/LIN outbidding Clear Channel for the rights to the CW). With Sinclair looking to double its holdings in the market, we could possibly see some shifting of affiliates between the 4 stations (WJTC could pick up ThisTV full time as a subchannel...or could end up with TCN or TheCoolTV and WFGX getting a full-time subchannel of This). If the FCC intervenes with the deal...we could even see WJTC or WFGX pick up the NBC affiliation and 15 or 35 turn independent or pick up MyNetwork. This would satisfy FCC regulations of being able to own the top 4 stations since WJTC and WFGX are most likely out of the top 4 rankings. With digital TV, the signals are virtually identical aside from minor distance issues arising from where the transmitters are located.

If they REALLY wanted to test the limits....could they swap facilities and CHANGE their PSIP assignments? (i.e. WJTC broadcasting on channel 45 as 15.1?)
post #4004 of 4173
Well whaddya know...DirecTV is now carrying WFGX and WJTC in HD!
This must have just happened recently. I had to swap out my DVR and re-program everything, otherwise, the channels would have disappeared since I block out the SD duplicates.
post #4005 of 4173
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Originally Posted by esdx View Post

Well whaddya know...DirecTV is now carrying WFGX and WJTC in HD!
This must have just happened recently. I had to swap out my DVR and re-program everything, otherwise, the channels would have disappeared since I block out the SD duplicates.

This is great to hear. Enjoyed this both in HD glory on Directv this weekend. Now, if we could just have the subchannels, too! smile.gif
post #4006 of 4173
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Originally Posted by Mario500 View Post

Broadcasting & Cable has a new article about the Mobile-Pensacola TV market titled "Market Eye: Coastal, But Not Coasting". I found its description of WFGX-TV as a "unique hybrid" interesting along with the idea that the station have more local programming in the future. Personally I wish the station would broadcast all programming from ThisTV on a new sub-channel and use the main channel for programs from other sources.

Interesting article. Thanks for the link.
post #4007 of 4173
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Originally Posted by esdx View Post

Well whaddya know...DirecTV is now carrying WFGX and WJTC in HD!
This must have just happened recently. I had to swap out my DVR and re-program everything, otherwise, the channels would have disappeared since I block out the SD duplicates.
Would be nice if Dish added them, at least WJTC because of the SEC Network affiliation, cause football season is right around the corner!!
post #4008 of 4173
I had a weird issue with my cable provider (Riviera, ugh) and I'm hoping someone can shed some light on the situation.

During the Olympics, NBC was promoting cross-network coverage of all the sports. I figured that, like years past, there'd be programming on MSNBC and CNBC as well as maybe Bravo and Universal HD. Only, the only Olympics I saw were on NBC itself. As soon as the Olympics started, we lost the HD feeds for MSNBC and CNBC. As soon as the Olympics ended yesterday, we got those two networks back in HD.

Riviera didn't set aside special channels for Olympics, and also was not one of the billion cable networks participating in NBC's online viewing scheme, so I was pretty much SOL for live streaming coverage. It's not a big deal, really, but I'm curious to know if MSNBC and CNBC (and maybe Bravo or Universal) had secondary SD-only feeds for cablecos not meeting NBC's Olympics requirements or something.

I guess it could have been a pretty coincidental technical glitch, and I never did hear of any scheduled sports on CNBC or MSNBC… but it sure seems odd. Last games, you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting Olympics coverage from Vancouver, now this year it was almost all NBC, with the SD-only NBC Sports picking up the scraps.

Anyone know what went on? Maybe we got shafted because we don't get Bravo in HD or Telemundo at all?
post #4009 of 4173
NBC carried the best of the olympics(gymnastic,swimming races, diving, white water canoeing and flat water canoeing and kyaking, beaCH VOLLYBAL AND COURT VOLLEYBALL, BMX cycling, bike racing,various foot racing, pole vaulting and I am sure I missed a lot) and highlights of some of what the other channels carried. MSNBC, CNBC and NBC Sports mostly carried hocky, basketball, boxing, some of other sports.
I recorded NBC feed from 6AM until11PM and got more than I had time to watch.
post #4010 of 4173
Thanks for the info, Jerry. I guess we got some secondary feed after all, then. I can't imagine why we wouldn't get the Olympics on all the NBC channels, though. Riviera Cable also did not participate or qualify for the online viewing doohickey through NBC Olympics, so we couldn't even watch online. Bummer. I can't wait until the lot next door is cleared so I can put up a dish and be done with these yokels.
post #4011 of 4173
WFGX-TV 35.2 (The Cool TV) is no longer broadcasting OTA. I don't know if this is temporary or permanent.
post #4012 of 4173
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Originally Posted by SonicLogic View Post

WFGX-TV 35.2 (The Cool TV) is no longer broadcasting OTA. I don't know if this is temporary or permanent.

The Cool TV was removed from all Sinclair stations after the contract ran out. A lot of cities lost it because of this move. It's permanent.
post #4013 of 4173
SonicLogic, I suggest you read this article for more details about the change to WFGX-TV. The article also has a link to a live Internet video stream of programming from the Cool Music Network (also known as TheCoolTV).
post #4014 of 4173
Thanks to both of you for the quick reply.
post #4015 of 4173
Maybe ThisTV on 35.2? Because I'm tired of time sharing.
post #4016 of 4173
^That would be a great replacement for channel 35-2 (or 35.2).
post #4017 of 4173
Kinda OT, but any of you with Directv, we will hopefully be getting DIYHD soon. Its in test mode.
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post #4019 of 4173
Yeah, good luck to everyone in PC and PCB trying to get that station off the air. The new CBS affiliate with be a low power digital station with just 15 kW. Folks will probably need an outdoor antenna to pick it up.

There's a similar situation in Dothan with NBC, I think. LDTV covering the gap. Ditto NBC in Greenwood, MS.

The alternative seems to be just adding a second subchannel to the existing broadcast. This has been done in several markets including Hattiesburg and Biloxi. OTA viewers get the benefit of the full power signal but are stuck with SD on the subchannel, or HD on two channels, making both look like crap.

It's a no-win situation IMHO.
post #4020 of 4173
WECP's current situation is temporary and should last only until Gray builds out the licensed WJHG channel 18 facility. At that time, the CBS programming is going to have to go somewhere else. Gray indicated in their filing for WECP-LP that they will seek a displacement channel for use at that time.

You might want to give them credit for at least a beginning even though it's not the full measure of service you desire.
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