Originally Posted by ralphyboy
Was the game they had in HD last week the same one NY had? I suspect it was. The engineer said tht is the only way they can show them in HD.
Your comments make sense to me now. It's important to understand that WMAQ gets all of its programming from New York...except the local news. Yep, everything else is played via hard drive in a huge master control room for their eastern U.S. O&O stations there and fibered in real time to Chicago. WREX-DT Rockford, WNDU-DT South Bend, and WTMJ-DT Milwaukee, all get NBC via satellite instead of fiber, and those feeds are whatever NBC provides from the feed point instead of going through New York. In other words, if the feed to New York is only standard definition, that's all WMAQ-DT is going to get, even though those who get it directly will see HD. I side with the NBC engineer you talked to, I forgot how that was set up. Doggone, that explains why even the games in Chicago were SD. The one thing you can't blame Bill Wirtz on this time!
NBC Engineering should have been allowed funding to get the equipment sooner, however. That way, if New York's fiber feed goes down, WMAQ can still broadcast in HD, or if the game out of New York isn't in HD, they can still get it viasatellite in HD.
And it DOES mean, as a result, that the NBC affiliates in surrounding markets saw it all in HD. In fact, in the Hawks' game they had several weeks ago, WREX even had a backhaul feed which WAS in HD, but for only two periods. Then it was shut off, leaving WREX-DT in a test pattern until the master control guy saw it and flipped it to the SD feed.