You know, I haven't noticed a single power glitch from WMBD since they came back on air this last time around (knock on wood). They must have fixed the problem. Although I haven't been able to watch more of them than the news, Wheel Of Fortune, and a couple episodes of "the Price is Right" lately.
I was thinking that Peoria OTA still accounted for around 30% with so many rural areas such as us with no access to cable surrounding Peoria. Although the rest of us can by satellite, I'd probably do without if I lived by myself. From my experience, Dish Network and DirecTV are more of a hassle than what they're worth.
I'm not sure about what the other stations use, but WMBD's fiber optic cable will only supply the nearest cable company. Their transmitter is needed to relay the signal to other providers as well as DishNetwork (who's middle-tier HD package we're currently subscribing to). BTW, WMBD's power glitches, that were visible OTA, were visible on DishNetwork too.
I haven't kept up on the ratings lately, but I know that CBS was the number one-rated prime time network as of a few months ago. I think WMBD was also easily the most-watched station during the same time period, though their news was second. Everything said, I'd think the power glitch would have to hurt them some. But you made a good point about the nickel and diming. Viewership & ad revenue are shrinking and it had to be one of the more expensive problems to fix. They also may have known they'd have to go off the air for over a day to fix it, which I'm sure stations probably want to put that off as long as they can.
But hopefully, they're power glitches are fixed. If so, we probably won't see anything quite as bad for a long time. And as for networks dying, with cable/sat rates skyrocketing and service quality sinking, I'd have to say it's leveling off about now. Networks & their local affiliates need to offer things you can't find anywhere else and promote these things in order to snare in more viewers. Locally, quality newscasts sure help if the station is willing to sustain them long enough.
More local news & sports than national, for one can watch ESPN or any network world news to get national information. WEEK sports may be a little better, but WMBD does just fine. They picked up Donnie Tillman who worked under Jim Mattson at WHOI, and their sports was about the best because they worked very hard at it. And it doesn't hurt to offer a strong & comprehensive local weather experience that you won't find by watching the Weather Channel, which is national btw. WMBD has especially went all out when it comes to the weather. I've seen it happen 3 times this year where their new model have predicted storms, be 2 of these very isolated, that nobody else's even picked up on, not even the NWS. But than of course, they're all wrong the rest of the time, hence the nature of meteorology. LOL
Originally Posted by ctmooregottapee
the reason you see the problems for OTA distribution is because so few people receive programming by that method it becomes a cost / benefit calculation. when roughly 10% are using OTA, and only a small fraction of them are actually watching your specific channel, it makes a $100,000 seem costly, so they nickel and dime it.
also there are currently no backup antennas for the DTV broadcasts until things are all reconfigured, that will help for some outages during repairs, but not all like the full station power failure at WMBD
and as broadcast continues to die and little money comes in. it is spend as little as possible and broadcast with glitches if need be.
they wouldn't even mess with the transmitter unless they were legally obligated by the FCC to broadcast to maintain their license