Originally Posted by Tom Servo
Cool. I watched some Letterman as well, for the first time in ages. The picture looked pretty good. His show was rather fuzzy looking, though. Commercials were razor sharp.
I also got about the first 2/3rds of the newscast in as well. Man, what a difference. It looks like a real modern TV newscast now!
The colors and whiteness were balanced and the graphics looked sharper. Nice.
There's been some hope expressed about WABG hopefully modernizing with the buildout of the WNBD facility, maybe this will put some pressure on them. When they added the Fox subchannel, I understand they had to build a small control room at the tower (instead of in-studio) so I don't know why the Fox feed managed to look as bad as the ABC feed. Local content and all Fox content has audio problems, as well. It's very very watery and sparkly sounding, like very low bitrate internet audio.
My next task will be trying to get Tribune to show the HD tag correctly. They show all the Fox content as HD and all the ABC content as SD. It's actually the other way around.
When I was getting WABG-DT back in late 2005-early 2006 they weren't doing the FOX subchannel. They added that rather quickly later in 2006 when FOX Net stopped their cable only service (somewhat like the current CW+ service on small-market CW stations and cable-only). I still have some screenshots somewhere of WABG-DT when strong tropo conditions permitted me to get WABG (digital) including the static slide "Delta Fox" before "6-2" started airing full-time programming.
WXVT: I did an comparison between 'XVT and my "local" CBS station, KTHV Little Rock (AR) which did require turning the antennas. With Letterman on, both stations looked the same as PQ went, although with my "hamshack" LCD TV using its built-in tuner the WXVT signal was hit and miss (the converter box was decoding better with the weak signal--but no hi-def output). I then temporally connected the feed direct to the TV (bypassing the splitter) and it made a difference and was able to get full decoding and therefore could watch in HDTV for a while. However this morning there is no tropo at all and cannot get WXVT to decode (only seeing the signal show low on the meter below decoding threshold).
Good luck in getting the Tribune listings corrected.