Aside from a couple typing errors and a couple badly-worded parts, yes, I still agree with almost all of what I said. I went back and revised that post btw
Although, I still haven't seen much more of WMBD aside from the news since my last post. I'm usually outdoors more this time of the year. But I still haven't noticed any power glitches during the newscasts. I did notice what may have been one during the Price is Right this morning, but it may have also been because I have a regular 10-year old amplified RCA UHF/VHF/FM antenna that was designed primarily for analog NTSC signals...also, I think it may not have been pointed exactly where it should have been and I walked in front of the TV about that time. Has anyone seen any more glitches with them lately?
I agree with most of everything else that I said. WMBD called the weather right once again. They predicted scattered thunderstorms coming up from the south with totals as much as 1" to 2". I went biking for an hour and came back and saw that it rained about 2" just a couple miles west of me and Pekin, a few miles to my east, got drenched as well. I'm really liking their ESP predictive radar. The timing was a couple hours off though, but that's good for a day in advance! Also, it's difficult to be that accurate in a city with an urban heat dome effect such as ours. I'm impressed thus far. But that's enough about the weather, I've already covered it 1,000 times on this board. LOL
It's possible for one transmitter to broadcast 2 HD signals simultaneously, but that requires a lot of equipment to be added at and before the site. But with Granite Broadcasting now calling the shots, I don't think we'll ever see in our area. I'm thinking that Barrington would have tried it before Granite would. I guess we should consider ourselves lucky that digital multiplexing makes it possible for their signal to be received by everyone in the area OTA. the CW, like it's predecessor, the WB, mainly cater to the top 100-markets. Everyone smaller had to do with a cable-only channel, which are not required to broadcast in HD. Before HD, only a limited amount of people in Peoria had access to the WB/CW as they had no OTA signal here.
Unless the FCC somehow requires for WHOI to pass the CW in HD, or several years down the road when they need to replace some equipment that is currently new, or someone totally different comes in with the interest of making a new and dedicated CW station, and the FCC grants the allocation space for that station, It's my gut feeling you'll never see the CW go HD in Peoria / B/N.
Channel allocations, now that's an interesting subject. Peoria had no VHF allocations and all 6 of our UHF allocations were filled once WAOE signed on. Originally, WTVP was supposed to take the 59 frequency allocation, but was able to get the 47 space instead. I'm wondering if the entire frequency allocation schemes have changed with digital? In other words, are their empty channel spaces available for future Peoria stations to choose? Not that it's financially feasible this late in network television history, but I just wonder.
I had always thought it was getting late to launch a network when UPN & the WB were launched in 1995. The decision to launch 2 networks that late had always surprised me. And as it is, they struggled throughout their entire existance, as their successors continue to do to this day.
Originally Posted by hceuterpe
Ok, so it's been a while since they replaced their transmitter. Do you still agree with what you said above?
Also anyone know if Comcast in the Bloomington area will ever get CW in HD??