Originally Posted by arkeng
I hope our locals find the funding and/or motivation soon for HD news and weather for us viewers here in the river valley...
I was initially surprised that KSPR went local HD, since it's a smaller market than LR (where even Wheel of Fortune is still in SD). But it made sense to go ahead and do HD, while they were consolidating and moving into a brand new studio in KYTV's building, owned by the same company. It would've been crazy not to. Digital automation also cuts costs by cutting back on the number of people used to run the station. According to the Springfield thread, with robotic studio cameras and other gadgetry, a news show that used to require 7 behind the scenes people to produce is now done with only 2.
I imagine for the most part, though, stations are in a holding pattern WRT upgrades. KFSM delayed their power increase until next year and their River Valley translator is on hold indefinitely.