Originally Posted by videobruce
I hope WRAL being in a mostly poorer state has provided all their viewers with devices that will receive that signal.
AFA "wide spread", seeing is believing.
I am kind of reviving this thread out of the dead (a little bit)...lol. But I just thought I would post being from NC.
If you want to think really poor states, think of places like West Virginia or Mississippi.
But within the state of North Carolina, it really depends on what region you are referring to (as being poor). Generally speaking, the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area is not considered a poor area at all. It has major universities in that area, along with the Research Triangle Park, state government jobs with the capitol in Raleigh, etc. etc. So to the contrary, that particular area is actually considered progressive, with many transplants that have moved to Raleigh particularly over the past couple of decades from the North. And a few hours away, Charlotte is now considered the baby Atlanta with a population explosion over the past 20 years....and perhaps now the largest metro area (Charlotte) in the southeast - outside of Atlanta. So these urban areas are not exactly small potatoes.
As for WRAL, they've been around since the 1950's. And in 1996, the FCC awarded them the first experimental high definition television license in the United States. They were also the first to broadcast live sports in high definition in 1997 and the first HD newscast in 2000. So their pioneering efforts in digital TV have won them plenty of recognition within the TV industry through the years as well. And they would certainly have viewers with money for devices to play around with new technology to include the experimental license with ATSC 3.0
So it's difficult to really generalize too much. Certainly there are poor areas too, particularly in rural parts of the state where there aren't good jobs. But this is not so different to rural America anywhere now days.