Originally posted by shaunmzs
What I would really like to know is when Charter is going to get Discovery, ABC, CBS and if all the talk about FOX doing 6 football games a week in HD is going to look good on the FOXHD. I haven't seen a single show broadcast in high def on FOX yet.
First of all, Fox47 is not set up to do HD at this time. Last I heard, they were looking into getting the equipment to do so, but it is complicated by the fact that they don't have a microwave link for their digital signal - they send the analog signal to the tower via microwave, then convert it to digital there. The end result is that digital Fox47 is the worst digital signal I've seen OTA.
If Fox47 gets their act together in time, you'll be able to see the games in HD. I think Fox corporate will do a good job producing the games, so you shouldn't be disappointed.
Charter in Rochester is in a tough situation with CBS-HD and ABC-HD. KAAL is sending an SD-only version of their analog signal for their low-powered digital broadcast, and they have no plans to change that until 2006. KIMT does show HD, but their antenna is on the roof of their studio, meaning that it's a real stretch to get reliable reception in Rochester, even with ideal antenna setups. They also have no plans to change this until 2006.
What's in 2006, you ask? A megatower, which has FAA approval, is being planned as a joint project by KAAL, KIMT and KYIN (Iowa Public Television, for those of you crippled by cable.) It is expected to be 1/2-mile tall, located somewhere southeast of Austin, and should provide a strong, reliable signal for the entire DMA. Once that is up and running, KAAL plans to upgrade to HD. At that point, you may see some action by Charter.
In the meantime, Charter gains nothing by carrying the digital version of KAAL, and I doubt they get a reliable enough signal from KIMT to make it worth their while. And, as you know, Charter has to block distant network signals from the Cities when showing national programs, which happens to be the only time HD is shown.