Originally Posted by Rocket Man972
I agree I had to watch the [Big Game] in crappy SD because our local Fox 62 ,with all of my favorite shows is still in the STONE AGE!! Get with it Guys!
Where do you live, and how are you picking up the station?
See, the problem here is simple. "Fox 17/62" is actually a pair of low-power analog TV stations - WYFX-LP (62) Youngstown, and WFXI-CA (17) Mercer PA.
It is also rebroadcast on a digital subchannel of WKBN-DT (27.2) Youngstown, which gives it its widest OTA carriage.
If your "STONE AGE" comment means you want to see "Fox 17/62" in full-power digital with HD, it isn't ever, ever going to happen, and it's not the station's fault, really.
As has been pointed out here by local TV engineers, there just is NO ROOM AT ALL for a new full-power digital OTA channel in the Youngstown market. None! Youngstown is surrounded by other markets (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Erie, Wheeling/Steubenville, etc.), and the allocations are scarce.
OK, so here's your other options:
* WYFX and/or WFXI can convert to low-power digital. I haven't looked lately, but I think WYFX-LP still has a channel 35 construction permit somewhere, but again, it would be low-power digital. I also don't know if they intend to do this. The 35 CP has been floating around in some form or another for years, originally granted for an analog move.
ETA: OK, I found it, it's a digital companion channel/LD CP for 35 as "W35CP" here:http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/w...ion_id=1159612
Depending on where you are, you may or may not be able to receive such a signal if it ever gets constructed. Again, a full-power digital signal for WYFX and/or WFXI are NOT AN OPTION.
* WKBN could broadcast an HD version of WYFX on WKBN-DT. The station has actually done this for events such as the Super Bowl and Daytona 500 (they light up 27.3). I don't know why they didn't do so for Thursday night's game.
This is really only possible for special events, as there basically is NOT ENOUGH BANDWIDTH for both CBS HD and FOX HD at the same time. There are a handful of stations nationwide trying to pump two HD signals through one digital OTA channel, and it's not pretty.
* "Fox 17/62" does offer a full-time FOX HD feed to cable companies. I believe Time Warner and Armstrong carry it. I'm pretty sure Comcast doesn't, but they appear to treat their Youngstown market customers like mud, apparently (see other messages just above this). There may also be technical reasons that Comcast doesn't get it, but I'm just guessing.
So, that's it, those are your options. You can't just rant and expect them to say, "we're sorry, sir, we were wrong all along, let us go out and fix this!"