Originally Posted by billmich
Yes, I knew that info, and always wondered if there was a double digit audience for WWJ when it is ONLY on 97.1-2.
It's never only on 97.1 HD 2. There's also a stream going which probably has more web and mobile device listening. Quite a bit, in fact, since web listening is easily quantified. But definitely not double-digit.
So tell me why there is such a LONG delay time for things of that nature, i used to be able to be at a ball game and listen to radio live, now it has all these delays. and in some cases its like 40 seconds.
if WWJ is the flagship for Michigan football, why is affiliate WTKA closer to live with a much shorter delay, its quite frustrating,
same thing with a 45 second difference between 950 HD, and 97.1-2
First, CBS REQUIRES a profanity delay. Not all stations do and many will dump out of that delay for live sports. Second, the ADDA delay works out to about 15-18 seconds (which is manually applied to the analog signal so they're in sync). On the subchannels, the ADDA is longer because the error correction is more robust since there's no analog signal to fall back to. I'm told once everyone's under the same roof, 97.1-2 will come off of the WWJ console pre-delay, which will cut off about 7-10 seconds of the disparity, but it'll still lag by half a minute or more.
As for the ballgames, we used to come out of digital and profanity so live was live. A few choice words picked up by the crowd mic forced the return of the profanity delay, I'm told. Plus, it seemed silly to run promos on WWJ about its availability on FM only to have it not be there every time the Tigers were on.
Another funny thing happened on the way to digital television. Suddenly, live game audio was ahead of TV. Between TV's ADDA, DVR lag time and 44k mile round trips to space, syncing the radio audio with television became almost impossible. And changes on our end that would fix it for a few would mess it up for others. So, I'm guessing it's become a "why bother" since the percentage of game listeners who are actually AT the same is only a tiny fraction of those listening elsewhere.
...didn't you say that some of these sub-channels are mono, in order to conserve data?
I didn't, no.
...another question, if a station is non-commercial, must its sub-channels also be non-commercial as well?
That's my understanding. Though I don't know how that would apply to noncoms that are on commercial frequencies.