Originally Posted by Indiana627
In light of the quote I posted in post #3042
of this thread in regards to both satellite companies establishing an uplink here in Binghamton at WBNG's studio, have you heard anymore about when either may actually start offering our LILs?
And for WIVT and WBGH, how would they get your signals? Would they simply pick them up OTA and uplink them to their sats and then beam them back down to our homes? Or would they create a hardwire connection? Would the uplink at WBNG serve as the local receive facility for all the Binghamton stations (like they had a single LRF in Buffalo where I lived for 10 years and had D* for 5 years and HD LIL for about 2 years before moving to Binghamton)? Or would they build an uplink at each individual station?
I would expect that they would mimic the way it's done in Syracuse, for example: their uplink is co-located with the NBC / CW / PBS stations; they receive us over the air, since our transmitter is several hilltops farther east.
I guess I'm curious if they'd provide WBGH in 1080i like Time Warner has it, or in 720p like you're now sending it out OTA. I realize you probably don't have all the answers since you don't work for them, but curious about your thoughts. Thanks!
Time Warner is taking a direct 1080i feed from the older Tandberg encoder, for the moment... we didn't want them to have to reconfigure their equipment with the Olympics coming right up. But at some point they will be taking the 720p 34-2 feed, and then we will retire the old encoder. The 34-1 / 34-2 handoff to Time Warner is a direct connection at Ingraham Hill.
For what it's worth, I would expect them to pass the NBC in HD, even though it's a secondary, because that's how we transmit it. Having an HD secondary, after all, is a relatively recent phenomenon. This is purely a guess, though...