Originally Posted by joemama127
Yeah, but the analog broadcast is separate from the digital...if you watch the same channel side by side (one digital one analog) you will see that they aren't even syncronized. Unless the process is automated, a human has to manually switch between standard def and HD on the digital feed. I can remember when I lived in DFW, several occasions where stations would fail to go back to HD after a commercial break, so it isn't unique to our area. I'm sure all of this will get better with more commercials themselves being HD. It could be years before we get local news in HD though..
edit- I know that pretty much everyone in this thread knows the difference between digital and HD...but I'm still shocked by how many people I know thought that everything on tv was going HD on Feb 17th.
The reason I said that is that sometimes I get the impression the stations that have both analogue and digital don't monitor their digital signal that closely. I know they have to manually switch it back and forth for local stuff but there are times where I'll watch half a program or more in SD until they finally wake up and make it HD (they have gottem WAY better in that regard though but it still happens a little). I also remember while channel surfing one evening I noticed that the sound was out on the KRBC digital. I didn't think much of it as I didn't intend to watch it anyway. The next day, my wife tried to watch her soap and asked me why there was no sound. I had her switch to Sat version of the channel (still SD back then) and there was sound. I called KRBC about it and within 10 minutes, the sound was back on the digital. It may have been coincidence but it seemed like it took more than 12 hours before they knew there was a problem and it took a viewer to report it for them to know about it. I think issues like this will end for the most part when they stop broadcasting analogue and their only broadcast is digital.
When digital is all they have, they'll do a better job of making sure they're broadcasting the right stuff in the right way on digital. KXVA is already in that position, even if they don't have to actually swtich back and forth like the others.
Hence: "Not to mention the fact that OUR fox doesn't have an analogue version anymore.
The bad part about being only digital is that when this appearently easy to break digital equipment goes out, we won't have a backup to go to as a viewer unless the alternative recpeption means (like cable/satellite) work.