Great info, thanks for these posts.
Anyways, new guy here living on N Padre Island. Just bought an OTA tuner and get good reception out here for PBS, NBC, CBS. No news there. Used to have TWC's digital tier but ditched it until next NFL season.
I did email KEDT (PBS) and KZTV (CBS) about their signal within the past month, here's a small summary (forgive some of my terminology, still kinda new to some of this):
PBS - As I'm sure you've noticed, their broadcast is not pure HD. Their digital signal had a completely different lineup than their regular analog signal up until mid-2005. They used to broadcast true HD shows like "Secrets of the Dead", "Nova", etc., quite a bit each day. Now their digital lineup mirrors their analog lineup. But, no more true HD programming, no more 16:9 aspect ratios, etc. Even shows that I know are recorded in HD (i.e., Nova) are not broadcast in full HD anymore.
They responded and said they were still trying to work out a few kinks/upgrades. The separate digital programming schedule was basically experimental, but now they need to marry up their digital and analog schedules and do some equipment upgrades. Sorry, I don't have the original email, but they expect to have things smoothed out this year.
CBS - received a positive email answering my query about them upgrading from standard DTV to HDTV. They're moving forward and expect to have an HD signal by the end of 2nd qtr 2006. (Not sure if he meant 2nd qtr FY or CY 2006, so I'm assuming worst case and arbitrarily adding an extra 3 months, so I figure sometime around Fall 2006).
FOX / ABC (KIII) . . . where are you guys????!!!!!!!!
I think someone here mentioned KIII's pitiful website. Geez, 10 years ago, lesser companies had better sites than what KIII has now. They need to get with the times. I'm actually thankful that TWC is having problems working something out with them, because they're putting pressure on KIII to make agreements regarding their future digital signal.
Now if I could just pull in Victoria's ABC signal for the Super Bowl this weekend . . .
Again, thanks guys for keeping this thread going.