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post #1891 of 2144
WISN (ABC) in Milwaukee, WI started HD newscasts at 5pm today. Only studio cameras and graphic systems (news and weather) are HD. Pre-recorded stories and ENG is still widescreen SD - and quite poor looking, almost like you-tube. Hopefully that will be upgraded soon.

This leaves WDJT (CBS) as the only 4:3 news station left in town. They are in the process of updating their facilities as well, but no launch date has been announced yet.
post #1892 of 2144
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Originally Posted by vallieone View Post

Looks like WWOR is still SD.

And still pillarboxed 4:3 SD, at that.
post #1893 of 2144
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Originally Posted by RJL1965 View Post

And still pillarboxed 4:3 SD, at that.

It's unlikely that Newscorp is going to spend the money to upgrade just for 2.5 hours of news a week. NBCU still hasn't upgraded WNJU to HD and they air a little over 5 hours of news a week.
post #1894 of 2144
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Originally Posted by StudioTech View Post

It's unlikely that Newscorp is going to spend the money to upgrade just for 2.5 hours of news a week. NBCU still hasn't upgraded WNJU to HD and they air a little over 5 hours of news a week.

Likewise for CBS Corporation with regards to its Detroit stations WWJ and WKBD, each of which airs 10 hours of "news" a week.
post #1895 of 2144
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Originally Posted by StudioTech View Post

It's unlikely that Newscorp is going to spend the money to upgrade just for 2.5 hours of news a week. NBCU still hasn't upgraded WNJU to HD and they air a little over 5 hours of news a week.

In the number one market in the country? Are you kidding? If they see an advantage, they will in a heartbeat.
post #1896 of 2144
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Originally Posted by aemeeich View Post

WISN (ABC) in Milwaukee, WI started HD newscasts at 5pm today. Only studio cameras and graphic systems (news and weather) are HD. Pre-recorded stories and ENG is still widescreen SD - and quite poor looking, almost like you-tube. Hopefully that will be upgraded soon.

This leaves WDJT (CBS) as the only 4:3 news station left in town. They are in the process of updating their facilities as well, but no launch date has been announced yet.

WISN looks a lot better after the upgrade. WDJT looks laughably horrible, especially now that it's the only SD shop in town.
post #1897 of 2144
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Originally Posted by aemeeich View Post

WISN (ABC) in Milwaukee, WI started HD newscasts at 5pm today. Only studio cameras and graphic systems (news and weather) are HD. Pre-recorded stories and ENG is still widescreen SD - and quite poor looking, almost like you-tube. Hopefully that will be upgraded soon.

Well, WKOW (ABC) Madison isn't any better. It is bad enough that they macroblock like mad because their bitrate for HD is so bad (two SD streams and 5 Mbps set aside for mobile and other experiments). It really showed last night when they were covering the Warner Park fireworks. The anamorphic widescreen SD upconvert really made the fireworks look bad.

No idea when they are finally going to upgrade their remote trucks.
post #1898 of 2144
WNEP in Scranton, PA will go HD at 6 p.m. this evening.
post #1899 of 2144
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Originally Posted by aptt View Post

WNEP in Scranton, PA will go HD at 6 p.m. this evening.

Just saw it, looks fantastic!
post #1900 of 2144
Anyone able to get screen grabs from WNEP? I remember watching that channel growing up...Scranton, PA/NYC DMA markets! Are they still the top newscast in the country ( I think I remember them getting that multiple years in a row.)
post #1901 of 2144
WFIE NBC Evansville, IN has news in hd started Monday
post #1902 of 2144
I found on the Wichita, KS HDTV thread that that city's ABC affiliate, KAKE-TV, is now doing local news in HD.

The official announcement from the station:

http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/K...125734328.html
post #1903 of 2144
WFFT in Fort Wayne loses their Fox affiliation to WISE after tonight, resulting in two things:
1) WFFT, independent, will start airing their local news in HD on October 1.
2) WISE-DT 33-2, which just upgraded to 720p to accommodate the Fox and MyTV lineups, is now airing its 10PM newscast in 16:9 SD just like the main station.
post #1904 of 2144
On August 1st, KSFY (ABC) in Sioux Falls became the first station located in South Dakota to broadcast news in HD. Here's an article from the station's website.
post #1905 of 2144
Get ready for this. WMUR in Manchester, NH switched to HD on August 2nd.
post #1906 of 2144
WMUR is in Manchester, NH, which is in the Boston DMA. However, the main ABC affiliate in Boston is WCVB, while WMUR generally serves New Hampshire. How should it be listed in the table, since the market technically has 2 ABC affiliates? Under "Other?"
post #1907 of 2144
Usually there will be 2 lines for the market (check Grand Rapids, MI).

Also, WHSV/ABC/3 in Harrisonburg, VA has gone HD with news, and their second ABC station (3.3), aka TV3 Winchester, which targets the Shenandoah Valley area of the Washington DC market is SD Wide screen (through cable and a translator near Winchester, VA).

J
post #1908 of 2144
WKBW in Buffalo switched to HD news tonight. I'm shocked!
post #1909 of 2144
KAAB Fox 29 is now broadcasting its news in HD. The Sinclair owned station is the last of San Antonio's four television news stations to go HD. Broadcasts began with the station's 9pm program on August 3rd. There is a Wikipedia entry but I saw it happen.
post #1910 of 2144
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Originally Posted by aptt View Post

WKBW in Buffalo switched to HD news tonight. I'm shocked!

That means that the largest market without HD local news is now Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI. (WNEM and WJRT in that market are in SD widescreen.)
post #1911 of 2144
Technically, KAAB is the third not the last since KSAT is in 16x9 SD but claims to be HD.
post #1912 of 2144
I saw something on the board sometime ago about this, but I forgot what the argument was besides the rather soft studio shots. It's difficult to believe an outfit like Post-Newsweek would blatantly lie but I guess anything's possible.
post #1913 of 2144
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Originally Posted by CharlieB-oz View Post

It's difficult to believe an outfit like Post-Newsweek would blatantly lie but I guess anything's possible.

I agree. Before the Post-Newsweek station in Detroit (WDIV) went HD, they were stretching their newscasts. They actually did advertise this fact, but they called it "digital wide" not HD.
post #1914 of 2144
WGAL-tv channel 8, Lancaster,Pa. tonight at 5:00 P.M. announced their news program in HD !
post #1915 of 2144
A few stations with HD or widescreen newscasts are affected by affiliation switches that occurred today.

In Springfield, MO, KSFX, which has HD newscasts, went from being a Fox affiliate to an independent under call sign KOZL. The new Fox affiliate in the market, KRBK, does not have any newscasts at the present time.

In Boise, ID, KTRV, the only station with HD newscasts in the market, has also gone from being a Fox affiliate to an independent. KNIN, which has widescreen newscasts produced by KIVI (ABC), has taken over the Fox affiliation after being a CW affiliate. The new CW station in the market is on a 4:3 subchannel of KBOI (CBS), which has widescreen newscasts on the primary subchannel.

In addition, Nielsen has a new list of DMA rankings to be used during the 2011-2012 TV season. The list of stations with HD or widescreen SD newscasts on page 63 of this thread has been revised to reflect the changes. One thing of note, since the Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers market is has gone from #100 to #101, every one of the top 100 markets in the United States now has at least one station broadcasting news in HD or, in the case of Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, in widescreen SD.
post #1916 of 2144
KTIV (NBC 4, Sioux City, IA) has been doing local news in HD since late June or July.
post #1917 of 2144
I gotta wonder now that my local market of Greenville, New Bern, Washington; NC is in the top 100 if WITN and WNCT (the NBC Gray owned and CBS Media Gen.)will rush to jump into HD.? WCTI/WFXI the ABC and FOX have been doing HD news for over a year. The competition seems to really be on fire right now in this market, as I hear the ratings are really close.
post #1918 of 2144
KWHY, Channel 22 in Los Angeles has local news, in Spanish, in HD. (Spanish independent)

KWHY used to be owned by NBC Universal, but was sold. Not sure if KVEA is involved in the production, but one package had a T52 mic flag in the package.

I believe that this makes every station in LA that broadcasts in HD and has a news department has HD News.

J
post #1919 of 2144
I don't know if this has been mentioned but on WLNE (ABC Providence/New Bedford) Affiliate's Website it states Coming Soon in High Definition.
post #1920 of 2144
Nexstar stations WUTR and WFXV are now (as of 9/12/11) broadcasting evening newscasts in high definition to the Utica, NY market.
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