We are pleased to announce some exciting news for Montgomery and High-Definition..Of course, this all is dependent upon everything going according to plan:
Early on the morning of Wednesday September 19, WNCF will cease to broadcast on RF channel 32 and begin to broadcast on RF channel 31.
Your PSIP will continue to display 32.
In addition, the transmitter and antenna is moving 1.5 miles West-North West to the WAKA Channel 8 (RF 42) tower.
Power for WNCF RF channel 31 will increase dramatically from 50kw to 720kw. This upgrade will essentially replicate the WAKA Channel 8 (RF 42) coverage area and dependability.
The "NEW" WBMM HD master control is now on the air and running in HD shadow mode..Both WNCF and WBMM are now operating on new encoding, multiplexing and PSIP information.
So you should see some picture improvement immediately on both stations.
Later in the same week of September 19th, we will make changes to the WNCF and WBMM signals which will display as follows. Again, a rescan is recommended.
32-1 WNCF-DT ABC in 720p HD.
32-2 WBMM-SD CW in 16:9 SD Widescreen.
32-3 WNCF-D3 TBA, You will just have to Tune in!
22-1 WBMM-DT CW in 720p HD.
22-2 WNCF-SD ABC in 16:9 SD Widescreen
22-3 WBMM-D3 TBA, You will just have to Tune in!
The cross carriage is being done in 16:9 SD Widescreen rather than compromising the HD programming of WNCF or WBMM by doing two 720p's on the same channel, which in our opinion, is not the right choice for our (or ANY) viewers who want to see quality HD.
Soon after that.. the NEW WNCF and WAKA HD master control will be placed on air. And.. the big question..HD News? Well..it will be sooner than it has been..that is the most difficult part and we want to do it RIGHT. So it takes some time for installation and training of our staff, all while continuing to do our normal SD newscasts. We'll let you know the exact on-air date when we are ready. This is one massive undertaking to say the least.
MeTv is scheduled for launch on WAKA sometime in 1Q2013 "AFTER" we get everything else done, and will replace WAKA-Wx at that time.
And finally..if this all goes without a hitch it will be a miracle..
..so please bear with us as we move forward. And hopefully we have not jinxed anything with this post...........