KTVD (UPN) update, from an impeccable source:
All the bits and pieces for their temporary digital transmitter are here. They're looking at installation at Republic Plaza hopefully this week with a test pattern coming soon thereafter. Actual content (cross your fingers) still expected this calendar year. All estimates are pending weather - they depend on window-washing scaffolding for part of the install and we all know how much fun that is on a windy day.
Other questions I had on file, with my paraphrasing of their answers:
Q) Why is the temporary transmitter going on Republic instead of on the existing channel 20 site on Mt. Morrison?
A) Couple of reasons. Looking long-term, having the "temporary" transmitter downtown provides a backup broadcast location for them in a completely different part of town. Also, their lease on the tower on Mt. Morrison is almost up (they own the building, but not the tower) so Morrison isn't a good long-term solution. They seem satisfied, in the short-term, with the coverage available from Republic Plaza.
Q) Why the *&($ will it take Comcast 60 days to get KTVD-DT on cable after the OTA signal is available?
A) That is the timeline provided by Comcast. Once KTVD-DT is on the air, they'll notify Comcast that they're live and the rest is in Comcast's hands.
Q) Is there any chance of UPN and Altitude working together to make Altitude-HD Avs games available on UPN-DT?
A) Don't hold our breath. While UPN-DT coverage of Altitude-HD games would give Altitude more viewers, it would weaken Altitude's negotiating strength with Comcast. Why would Comcast continue to pay Altitude $1.00 per customer (number made up) per month when they could just carry KTVD-DT and satisfy their customers' demand for HD Avalanche games? I got the sense that KTVD is open to the idea, but it's not likely to happen anytime soon.