Originally Posted by SHergenrader
I rarely watch CBS but watching March Madness and the picture quality stinks. I really wish KSLA engineer would see this and get rid of the sub-channels. Sub-channels stink. Always get tons of macro-blocking on KSLA because of them. This is why I never watch CBS unless I have to. Enough already. Get rid of them.
I am sure that the decision that KSLA carry 2 subs was done at the corporate level and the engineer has no control over this. All he can do is setup the system to provide the best PQ possible with one 1080i and 2 480i streams. And, as long as the subs continue to provide revenue to the station and Raycom, they will continue to carry them. The CBS or NBC 1080i HD stream really gives you little extra bandwidth to play with for subs without compromising PQ. 720p, like used by FOX and ABC, is a little more forgiving.
Yes, it stinks, but that is the curse of living in a small TV market. There are not enough OTA signals to go around, so stations choose maximizing revenue with subs over picture quality. We have the same problem over here in Tyler-Longview with KYTX-19. The NCAA tourney games on TNT, TBS, and Tru were much more enjoyable to watch than those on CBS because of the better PQ.
In a perfect world, no subs would be best, or a good alternative would be to turn off the subs and reallocate the bandwidth to the .1 channel during fast motion sports. But then, you risk ticking off those who watch the subs.
It could be worse - you could live in a really small market, like Alexandria or Sherman, where they have 2 HD streams on one channel.