Originally Posted by sebenste
The only full power I could see is 7.3. CBS won't have subs, NBC wants to protect The Weather Channel, which their parent company owns, but that could be expensive for WN. WGN is full, PBS won't. I could see FOX doing it, but not on 32; they like to keep their flagship station pure. I could see them doing 24, bumping somebody off (or add yet another subchannel, which will be really tough, since 24.2 is in HD, and looks awful with fast motion).
CBS not having subchannels isn't completely true anymore. They're creating a subchannel for their own stations, & I believe it's meant for news content, but I could be wrong. It's a slow rollout of CBS Plus (right now, only available in New York, Los Angeles, & Philadelphia). I also don't see NBC picking it up either, because of the Weather Channel. Weather Nation can not place themselves on any PBS station, due to them airing commercials on their network, along with infomercials. Even if they could, WTTW is out of the question, as they're already at capacity, plus they're splitting the broadcast day on 11.3 with Create during the day, & World Channel at night. They're not giving up WTTW Prime (doesn't cost extra to run for them), & they're not giving up V-Me either (last I remember, it was still a free service). I also don't see WYCC picking it up if they could, as they seem to be happy with Mhz Worldview & FNX Experience. If Weigel picked it up, it would go on WWME-LD or WMEU-CD rather than WCIU, since Weigel wants OTA viewers outside of WWME-LD & WMEU-CD's coverage areas to get MeTV, MeToo, & U Too. Fox is an iffy, but I can tell you, that WFLD isn't totally pure, since Mobile TV moved over to their bandwidth, when sister station WPWR-TV became home to Movies & a simulcast of WOCK-CD 13.1 for Mundo Fox. In markets where they have a duopoly, they try to avoid using the Fox station's bandwidth. I don't know how much more Fox could take bandwidth away from 50.1 to create another subchannel, if they decided to add another one. Now if the offer is enticing to Ion Media, I could see them trying to squeeze another subchannel to their already horrible quality programming & picture on all channels. As for LPTV stations, if Polnet picked it up, I could see them adding another subchannel to their bandwidth. As for Heartland being in HD, does it say on your TV that it's in HD? Based on the most recent TS Reader that Trip got from someone, it shows that it's in widescreen, but not HD. Regardless, Polnet doesn't seem to be operating on the latest equipment, since even Polvision looks like crap. I say that they're most likely to pick up Weather Nation. I forgot to even mention ABC. I think if ABC wanted to pick them up, it would probably be as part of a group, rather than individual ABC O&O stations. They had all their O&O stations affiliated with Accuweather, then yanked them off all their stations. So I don't see ABC picking it up either (especially when ABC mandates all their O&O stations to carry Livewell in 720p HD).