KAPP/KVEW-HD Over-the-air out of Yakima has had constant picture breakup every night this week since the OSCARS on Sunday night. No progress is apparently being made here.
Still not finding any evidence that the local FOX affiliates are going to go digital on the Washington State side of the border anytime soon. So unless you're in Oregon or can get the Pendleton, OR signal from your place in Washington you are out of luck getting FOX in digital for next few years.
I finally got the "guts" to e-mail someone in the TV division of the FCC to see what they suggested I do. I edited out my personal information in the post below.Here is the lousy bureacratic response I got:
You may send your formal complaints in writing for these television stations to the Office of the Secretary, FCC, Washington DC 20554, but frankly, the Commission does not regulate what kind of programming that radio and television stations air.
As far as the TV digital conversion goes, a law was recently signed that analog transmissions would have to cease in February 2009. So I don't see the conversion being reversed.
Dale Bickel email@example.com
From: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2006 5:38 PM
To: Dale Bickel
Subject: Yakima, WA area Over-the-air Digital Commercial Broadcast Stations
I want to file a complaint about 3 of the 4 Yakima, Washington area commercial broadcast stations. They are KAPP, KIMA, and KCYU-LP. All 3 of them are definately underserving the Yakima, WA market. The only one who is off the hook is KNDO (NBC affiliate).
KAPP (ABC affiliate) started an HD signal at the beginning of Feb. so it would be HD for this year's Super Bowl with the home state team Seahawks. The signal constantly puts out garbage or breaks up, but this station seems to be doing nothing to fix the problem. It is 6 weeks later and they are still using KVEW sister station feed in place of KAPP for their digital Over-the-air. Since the stations are not required to go HD by the FCC I realize there is not much that can be done about this. However, the garbage comes on the regular Digital channel once in a while too and all channels are supposed to be digital aren't they? So maybe something can be done about this problem.
KIMA (CBS affiliate) is not HD yet even though the same broadcasting company (Fisher Broadcasting) who owns the CBS affiliate in Eugene, Oregon has been HD for over 2.5 years. I realize that pretty much nothing can be done about this kind of favortism since the FCC doesn't set aside a date when they have to go HD and KIMA-DT has said they will go HD in a few months anyways.
The worst one of all though is KCYU-LP (FOX). This is apparently a "translator" station and not a real TV station. The "real" FOX station (and the only one for this market in digital) serving this area is in Pendleton, OR in a different state (probably like only 25% of the viewers in our market and the advertisement from the area is probably less than that on this station) and is not receivable in the Yakima part of the market. The broadcasting company that licenses this station also licenses the FOX station in Medford, OR and the Medford, OR station is digital and going HD very soon if they haven't already. Again I don't know what can be done here for this kind of favortism. I just want to get things started so the Yakima area (not just the state of Oregon) can get an HD signal for FOX some time soon instead of an indefinate wait.
Who can I complain to? It is not fair that 3 out of 4 Yakima, WA stations are showing favortism to other regional stations in similar sized markets owned by those same companies.
Any chance that the FCC will change the requirements to make all commercial broadcast stations go HD before the end of the decade?-xxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.COMEND OF MESSAGE
So there you have it. The FCC is apparently going to be no help. The guy just gives you a worthless address in D.C. and doesn't even know what I am talking about even though I made myself very clear what I was saying. Anyone else got any suggestions?