Originally posted by Thomas Desmond
> But that's not a legal ATSC resolution.
Since the FCC didn't mandate that stations stick to the ATSC table of 18 standards, there really is no such thing as a "legal" resolution. It certainly is a non-standard resolution, although it seems to work well with both my Zenith and Toshiba boxes.
That's probably semantics. The FCC did mandate the ATSC specification be used. And this is not one of the ATSC specified resolutions. However, by "legal," I didn't mean in the law sense (as in they'd get fined), I meant in the following the specification sense. That was probably a misleading word.
Regardless, my TV can't receive it, which is pretty understandable, since the TV was designed with the ATSC specified resolutions in mind.
In any case, it occurred to me that the FCC allowed any data type to be in the ancilliary data, so long as the first channel was ATSC-compliant. So while my TV (and presumably the thousands of other Mitsubishi TVs) can't receive the picture, and while I question the logic of choosing something pretty much guaranteed to be incompatible with a significant fraction of the TVs out there, it's not something that is actionable (unless/until it breaks a TV ;-) ).
> And another thing. I just noticed that KDFI-DT (27) is now transmitting in 720p! I've never seen anything on there that could ever have an HD source, so I'm wondering why they switched. Anyone know?
Perhaps they switched for corporate consistency, since they're owned by Fox and Fox favors the 720p format. This would also allow KDFI-DT to offer in HD any Fox programming that might get bumped from KDFW for some reason -- much the same as CBS programming occasionally shows up on KTXA.
As for current programming on KDFI that could run in HD...I was told by someone in Paramount's syndication group that "Cheers" is available in HD. Over time, we'll probably see some other syndicated shows offered in HD as well, although that's going to be a very, very slow process.
I figured the FOX connection was why they chose 720p, but I've never seen programming bumped from FOX to KDFI. I was kind of hoping this might mean Texas Rangers games might be in HD this season.