Originally posted by Ratdog
Since it is Oct 15th today do we have any news on FOX HDTV via Comcast cable yet?
Reposted from the OTA thread
"Update to KPTV the Fox Pregame show started at 5:00pm, in SD But then at 5:01, the splicer went online and I am now watching 16:9 again on Fox! Unfortunately, it's looking like an upconvert right now check the edge of the guy's suit on the studio; while I don't see line twitter, I definately see visible scan lines looks like they may be doing either a bob-deinterlace, or it may be shot in 480p I'm leaning toward the latter. Also, it is rather noticably overcompressed. Not as bad as some of the basketball I saw from ABC last June, but still for a 480p upconverted to 720p source, I would expect a little better compression levels. Well, we'll see how the game goes.
EDIT: Well, that was rather uneventful. Called on account of rain-fade but the more I watched, especially with fast motion, but more I came to realize it was definately an interlaced source, but I'm not so sure about 480i it just looked too high-res for 480i, MAYBE it was 1080i to 720p, or maybe it was just a really good upconvert. I dunno, I haven't been following the Fox-HD sports threads, maybe this is already known."
So, at least we know the splicer's online, despite a lack of content but I wouldn't necessarily expect it to be on Comcast the exact moment that they get it OTA. They could've been carrying their ATSC feed all along if they wanted, I mean we've had Fox Widescreen for the last 3-4 years, why didn't Comcast carry them then? And KPDX went HD on Wednesday, but they're still not on Comcast, are they?
A little patience is in order here even if the deal is already signed, there are still technical requirements involved in getting the signal from the affiliate to the cable headends (usually by fiber around here, I suppose they could
get it OTA, but it wouldn't be as reliable), then the headends need their own equipment installed (remodulation and what-not) for each new feed, nothing is instantaneous. Hopefully this will light a fire under their collective feet, if it hasn't already.