Originally posted by stickyfingers
Hey fellas, I'm the new guy here. I'm up in Merced and my wife bought me a HDTV for Christmas, and my goal is to watch the SuperBowl in HD. Is our CBS affiliate broadcasting (Superbowl is CBS yes?) in HD? Can I pick it up OTA in Merced? Tips? Hints? Suggestions..?
Depends on which CBS affilliate you're watching and how you're receiving it.
KGPE-DT Fresno is not currently capable of passing the HD signal from CBS, and is not carried by Comcast cable.
According to the station engineer at KGPE, the HD equipment is on order so it may be online by the time the Superbowl comes around. If this occurs you should be able to receive it with a decent ota HD tuner if your new set does not have one built in. Merced is about 45 miles from the transmitter so a good roof antenna will probably be a must.
CBS owned and operated stations that are broadcasting HD are not carried by comcast in their areas due to contractual problems between CBS and Comcast. This is why CBS HD channels are not available on Comcast in many larger markets. This does not apply to CBS affilliates that are not owned by CBS. KGPE is owned by Clear Channel Communications, not CBS, so may show up on Comcast.
KSEE-DT, the Fresno NBC affilliate was broadcasting in HD for several months before it showed up on Comcast here in Fresno, so even though KGPE is not CBS owned it may be delayed on Comcast anyway.
If your new set has an atsc (digital tv standard) tuner built in, get a good antenna and hook it up. If it has no built in digital tuner, get a good OTA only or OTA+DirecTV or Dish HD box. Check the HDTV tuner synopsis in the HDTV Hardware Forum and Antennaweb.org for info on tuners and antennas. From Merced you should already be able to receive NBC on KSEE-DT and ABC on KFSN-DT in HD. Getting a box that's also satellite capable will get you an additional 7 or so HD channels on Dish or DirecTV, and there's a new system called Voom that promises 39HD channels by next February but is so far pretty flaky at getting local ota HD channels.