Originally Posted by coyoteaz
...I doubt the station is going to pay someone to go through all the content and flag it so that it is upconverted correctly.
doubt it. In my entire career in broadcasting I have never encountered or heard of a station redubbing inventory, for any reason. Generational loss is too great, and the workload makes it preventative. When 2" tape yielded to 1", no one dubbed content, they just maintained the 2" transports until that content eventually went away. Same with 1", same with film, same with Beta, same with servers. Stations today still each maintain a couple of 1" VTRs and BVU-800 U-matics to handle the rare request for archival footage, even if the oxide has all but fallen off the tape.
AFD (automatic format description?) is pretty new. It's only been a feature available in pro equipment for about a year or so in the US. It's a great idea and will turn out in the long run (3-5 years or more down the road) to all but solve the postage-stamp effect and other AR problems, but it will be a slow haul to get there. I'd like to see it required in everything, including consumer TV sets. It's a no-brainer idea that someone should have thought of in 1996.
And will it really matter for KAET to even do this? Before they got This Old House
in true HD, I was blowing it up on my Sony, and that was pretty sad, as it starts as normally-soft SD and ends up as fairly-blurry SD. If the signal contained AFD and my set could key off of it, it would still look just as blurry.