Originally Posted by tylerSC
Do they still carry WIS-10 on cable in the Grand Strand areas like they used to? Used to be they would carry a wide variety of stations from Wilmington, Florence, Columbia and Charleston.
In the Georgetown headend (where we live), TWC is still carrying WIS as a legacy analog channel on RF channel 10. And they are also
carrying WIS-DT in the clear on QAM (maps to 10-1 on QAM-capable sets, and 11xx on their STB). BTW we ALSO still get ch 2 analog NBC from Charleston.
This situation is a pet peeve of mine; we get "distant" DT/HD affils but not the logical, closer locals. WMBF (Myrtle Beach) for example is a grade A signal here, their 2000 foot stick is less than 30 miles away, and can be received with a wet noodle on the OTA antenna input. TWC here does not carry either an analog or digital signal from WMBF! The ONLY
HD NBC affil we get is WIS, which is over 140 miles away. Their local news and weather coverage is great for the midlands, but doesn't have anything to do with the Grand Strand area.
In addition, our only FOX HD channel is WTAT 24 from Charleston, while the much closer, WFXB 43, stick even closer than WMBF, is not carried in either SD analog or DT/HD.
Similarly, the ONLY ABC DT/HD we get is from WCIV (Charleston, over 60 miles away), while WPDE-15 (Florence/Myrtle Beach) is closer and also more relevant with the local news/weather. We do at least get the legacy analog version of WPDE on RF channel 9.
CBS is similarly screwed up. The ONLY
DT/HD CBS channel carried is WCSC 5 (Charleston), while WWBT 13 (Florence/Myrtle Beach DMA) would be a better, more logical choice. We do still get WWBT analog on RF channel 13, as well as WCSC on 5. I find myself watching a lot of crappy SD analog channels just to get relevant news and weather...
It would seem that if we get 2 or more SD/analog legacy "local" channels, we should also be offered their DT/HD counterparts. But if only one is going to be carried, it should be the closest local, not something from an "over-the-horizon" station 140 miles away. I don't know how the "must carry" or similar rules apply in this new mix of SD analog and DT, but we are not getting the logical choices in our market.