I'm reposting this from Page 2 of the thread:
this is the info I have been able to find out about DTV in Maine. Any additions or corrections would be appreciated -- it looks like I am relocating this summer.
Where someone at the station replied to me I listed their name and title (if known), and italicized what they told me.
ERP = effective radiated power
OTA = over the air
STA = special temporary authority
Where I give two numbers for ERP, the first is the special temporary authority (usually a lower power than) the second in parentheses is the full ratingWPME-DT UPN
28 ERP 215 kW not OTAWPXT-DT WB
4 ERP 10 kW not OTA
Roy Oulette (unknown position)Our frequencies and power levels did not pass Canadian Coordination so we do not have construction permits for either station. I'm not sure when we will be able to put a digital carrier on the air. We have now entered goverment "red tape" land with the proviso of cross-border relations.(2/03)WGME-DT CBS
38 500 kW ERP STA (1000 kW ERP) OTA
38-1 Simulcast Analog
38-2 High Definition Channel
Craig Clark (Chief Engineer)
38-2 is active from 12:00PM to 12:30AMWMTW-DT ABC
46 501 kW ERP STA (1000 kW ERP) OTA
Amy Picucci (Program Coordinator)Programming on WMTW-DT channel 46 is currently a digital simulcast of the ABC 8 WMTW analog signal from 8-11 pm Monday through Saturday and 7-11 pm on Sundays. These hours will increase in April 2003 to 12 noon to 12 midnight, seven days a week.
We anticipate providing HDTV (High Definition Digital, 720p) pass through of ABC network programs sometime in 2004. (2/03)WCSH-DT NBC
44 500 kW ERP STA (1000 kW ERP) OTA
From Titan TV, On air 24/7, passing high definition feed when availableWCBB-DT PBS
17 27.9 kW ERP OTA
Response from Dave Roy "Audience Services" concerning the ERP and identical content of WCBB-DT and WMEA-DT.
From Titan TV, the main channel is off air between 1:00 AM and 6:00 AM while the three subchannels are 24/7.WCBB and WMEA both occasionally offer high definition shows during prime time.WMEA-DT (PBS)
45 50 kW ERP OTA
All other comments are the same as WCBB-DT.WPMX-TV formerly PAX to be WPFO-TV (Fox)
Not OTA -- No digital assignment
To be FOX some time this year (First Quarter? But First Quarter is over!)Cable Television:Adelphia Cable
does not carry High Definition at this time.Time Warner Digital Cable
carries HD Showtime and HBO (East and West). They currently plan to carry Maine Public Broadcasting when they launch and are evaluating the Discovery Channel and other High Definition offerings.
I'm adding to the list the stations in Bangor (I'm told they may be receivable in Lewiston, where I am moving to) from Jay Ireland's Bangor Post
Bangor MEWVII-DT (ABC)
14 1.84kW ERP STA (532kW ERP) OTA
Contact: [email protected]WABI-DT (CBS)
19 234kW ERP STA (363kW ERP) OTA
Simulcast Analog[email protected]WLBZ-DT (NBC)
25 500kW ERP STA (1000kW ERP) OTA
HDTV[email protected]WMEB-DT (PBS)
9 15kW ERP OTA
HD/SDTV Multicast Analog
Jay's comments: "It is important to note that ABC and CBS are not currently capable of passing their respective networks HDTV programming to the local market due to the economics of acquiring the necessary hardware.
I have emailed all the local stations and have not found much enthusiasm
with HDTV technical correspondence, replies are more of a reply as a customer service response not a genuine interest in HDTV."
I also note that WVII is using a microwave oven to transmit their signal, so it isn't likely to be picked up far from Bangor.
Does anyone have any updated information to add to the above list?