WMBD still has an open sub
"This TV" is another interesting alternative to RTV
Looks like 19/25/59 took a step forward. It looks like they upgraded to the Accu-Weather Cinema Live HD system. Chuck was using it on the MY59 news cast and it FROZE. I guess Lee premiered it this evening. I hope the 'neighborhood NEXRAD' is gone and something better replaced it for severe wx.
here is the response that i got from programming about WEEK and WHOI about then trying to change over to widescreen
Thanks for your e-mail. Of the 600 or more local broadcast stations in the country, a very small percentage has at this point been in the position to upgrade their facility for local HD news broadcast. Most of the very large markets such as Chicago and LA have made this conversion, most of the smaller market stations to date have not. This is due to the fact that it costs as much to convert to HD in the 117th market (Peoria) as it does in the 3rd largest market (Chicago). In some isolated cases, as cited below, the conversion has occurred in smaller markets. In some cases this is done with hand-me-down first generation HD equipment that a broadcast company is replacing in a much larger market. Sometimes it is due to the fact that a station has been ignored by the company that the upgrade is required to keep the station on the air.
The other issue is that local news, based upon the nature of the programming, does not benefit greatly when moving from standard definition 16x9 broadcast and full HD. Most viewers simply cannot see the difference, so many companies have made the choice to convert in steps over time to full HD.
WEEK and WHOI remain the only stations in Central Illinois that now broadcast in 16x9 digital. We will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
67% of homes have a digital set, at least one of the average 3 in home sets. All network and syndicated programming on WEEK, WHOI and WAOE are broadcast in high definition. Our newscasts are broadcast in digital 16x9. That will be the configuration of our stations for the next several years.