Here's the latest info from WDAY.....
A couple of weeks ago I sent the following message to WDAY's station Manager:
Tonight (Monday) I'm watching bits of Monday Night Football, and like every one of their broadcasts, they promote that their broadcasts are available in High Definition resolutions. Tonight, they even had an exec from the FCC on during half time to talk about HD/digital television and how the game was being broadcast in HD and the many advantages of viewing the game in HD resolutions.
I have all the necessary equipment to view HDTV. I can receive your digital signal. You are supposed to be providing the ABC customer with HD resolutions.
Why can't I, the ABC customer, get the HD signal from WDAY?
Why is WDAY not providing the best possible picture to it's customers?
A week later, after I had to send the above message a second time, I finally got a response. I sent a follow up, stating I would like to post the response here. It's been a week, I haven't heard from him, and I'm tired of them ignoring customers, so here is the station managers response to my email:
The FCC has issued a report last week which I understand has set July 1, 2006 as the date WDAY-TV6 must be broadcasting in the digital format. The move to digital has been and continues to be a moving target in regards to regulations, dates, formats and expense.
At this time WDAY is preparing to make the move to digital. The technical issues from tower structure strength, signal coverage, channel selection, network satellite feeds, microwave studio to transmitter links are many issues which must be resolved to make digital a reality before the July 1, 2006 deadline set by the FCC.
The new digital format is in it's first stages of development and the options must be researched thoroughly. The expense of transmitting pass through network digital programming may be in the millions of dollars for WDAY TV-6 and the cost leaves no room for mistakes, we must get it right the first time.
The FCC allows WDAY-TV6 and most small market (100 plus DMA's) television stations to legally broadcast on a digital channel in the way we are today. WDAY is working to meet the deadline of July 1, 2006. I understand you would like to be able to view Monday Night Football as well as other programs in HDTV and ask for your patience as we continue to work toward the transition to digital.
Here's part of my follow up to the station manager after receiving his response. I have not had the questions answered and it's been a week without getting a response, which unfortunately, is not suprising :
I would like you to clarify something from your response. My questions are referring to HDTV, not DTV. It seems like when inquiries about HDTV are made to the local stations, responses are consistently vague, and most of the time will only use the term DTV. We both know that HDTV is digital television, but digital television is not necessarily High Definition Television. While you state that WDAY must broadcast in a digital format prior to July 2006, you didn't state if WDAY intends to provide the HD resolutions passed through from the networks.
When WDAY is broadcasting in the digital format by July 2006, will WDAY provide the FM customers HD resolutions of the digital signal? i.e. will WDAY provide 720P or 1080i signals to it's customers or will they only provide standard digital TV, which is only 480i?
I also sent a link to this thread to invite a representive to comment and provide information regarding their status.
Anyway, that's the latest from my interaction with WDAY mgmt. Not a very positive experience, but then again, I didn't really expect much given other's experiences.