Originally Posted by Marcus Carr
But more stations in the top 75 to 100 markets are completing installation of Pathfire systems that will make handling syndication HD easier.
I didn't notice this in this posting until I read my paper copy (which seems to always arrive a week late).
The idea of syndicated HD shows going Pathfire is news in that that going Pathfire seems not to be the case.
I did a query of a very top market station and Sony has only informed them of HD linear feeds, no notes about Pathfire at all.
What is not liked regarding the Sony HD feeds is that the episode is only fed ONCE. If something goes wrong, the station is SOL, without having to pay through the nose to get it refed. All HD talk shows are pitched at least twice, but not this show and neither is Legend of the Seeker
(not by Sony, but Disney). Something goes wrong and bang, your station has to use the SD version. And yes, it has happened already. When SD shows were fed linear, they would pretty much all have a second feed.
Yes, I know, the Canadian feeds were only done once, but that was normally to a single site or two and refeeds were done if something went wrong.
If anyone has more inside info regarding HD and Pathfire, there are a few that would like to know.