As an "insider," I apologize for not posting more often.
As of 7pm, Feb. 1, KTAB went on-air with CBS HD programming using our current low-power transmitter. So yes, the Super Bowl will be in HD! And plans are to continue network HD programming on LP until the full-power transmitters are up and running, still scheduled for sometime in March. KRBC will commence NBC HD programming at that time, also.
As for the cable situation, the Nexstar vs. Cox hatchet was buried over a year ago when Suddenlink took over Cox's West Texas markets. As part of our agreement with Suddenlink, they will carry both KTAB's and KRBC's digital broadcasts as separate channels, in full HD. Suddenlink is scheduled to begin carrying KTAB-DT as of 4am, Feb. 2.
I'm not sure what Dish Network's plans are; I doubt they have the satellite bandwidth to spare, but they might offer a dish-mounted off-air antenna to receive local DTV that's compatible with their HD receiver.
And as for KTXS, they are NOT broadcasting primetime ABC programming in HD at all. Remember, HDTV requires a station's FULL DTV bandwidth; KTXS is multicasting ABC on channel 20.1 and the CW Network on 20.2. So, instead of one HD channel, they are squeezing two SD channels into the same amount of bandwidth.
That's why KTXS isn't promoting their "HD" signal...because they don't have one!
KTAB/KRBC has no plans to multicast at all, so both stations' full FCC-licensed digital bandwidth is devoted to HD programming. And since network affiliate contracts are long-term, I wouldn't expect KTXS to offer ABC HD until either they spend a bunch of money to buyout the CW contract, or, more likely, the CW Network ceases to exist.
KTAB/KRBC, however, is the real deal, and we are committed to educating the public about DTV and HDTV. We want to position ourselves as the DTV experts in the Abilene/Sweetwater DMA.
And I'll try to be on more often...and like all of you, I can hardly contain my enthusiasm!