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Does anyone have issues with the audio on COZI TV being on the quiet side and sounding thin? I'm in Cleveland OH, and I'm trying to figure out if it's an issue with my local affiliate or the network.
I'm in Springfield, MO and the Gray O&O KYCW-LD carries COZI here and it sounds fine to me. I could always send you a brief recording of the local broadcast that would play in VLC, if you want a clip to compare.

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A quick comparison of COZI on 5.2 vs the main 5.1 KXAS NBC channel the COZI audio actually sounds about the same if not slightly louder than the main channel.
 

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It's got bass but maybe a little shrill in the treble.
Alright, I guess I'll have to keep nagging my affiliate until it gets fixed. I've already emailed them about the issue twice, but it seems that I'm getting the brushoff. I've also contacted COZI twice about it, being ignored as well. I don't ever recall them sounding like this, and the station's other subchannels sound fine.
 

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Alright, I guess I'll have to keep nagging my affiliate until it gets fixed. I've already emailed them about the issue twice, but it seems that I'm getting the brushoff. I've also contacted COZI twice about it, being ignored as well. I don't ever recall them sounding like this, and the station's other subchannels sound fine.
Well, it sounds a bit better now, or it could just be my imagination. I'm also under the impression that my affiliate is dynamically compressing the audio way too much for COZI. The stereo image sounds like it's non-existent (I realize that most shows are in mono), and the canned laughter, especially during The Nanny, is leveled off and quieter than the spoken dialog. Emergency sounded good today, but everything still seems to be a few dBs lower compared to other stations. If I switch over to my MeTV affiliate, the volume is much louder, has more depth and more bass to it. I'm guessing that all they have to do is ease up on the DRC (and maybe EQ the audio) and most of these issues will be resolved.
 

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I'm also under the impression that my affiliate is dynamically compressing the audio way too much for COZI...
I would concur with the overly compressed audio on COZI.

I recall one time I was watching another channel and heard what sounded like someone at the station switching through multiple audio EQ settings before they settled back to normal. Not sure why digital TV audio would need different EQ settings.
 

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Scripps has completed their acquisition of ION: Scripps Completes Acquisition Of Ion Media
Expect to see the Katz networks (Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Bounce, Grit, Laff) make their way to KPXD.
Scripps intends to do away with Qubo and ION Plus and air some Katz networks in HD: https://ir.scripps.com/static-files/a26d560b-d69c-4313-9fa4-7e0213fe6830 (Slide 27)
In some markets Scripps has already replaced one of ION's shopping channels with Laff.

In addition, Weigel has been granted approval to purchase KAZD: HC2 Quartet's Sale Granted by FCC | Radio & Television Business Report
Information on this one is a little more scarce, but we could see the Weigel networks (MeTV, Movies, Decades, H&I, Start TV) move to KAZD.
 

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Scripps has completed their acquisition of ION: Scripps Completes Acquisition Of Ion Media
Expect to see the Katz networks (Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Bounce, Grit, Laff) make their way to KPXD.
On paper that actually sounds good to me. I watch things like Court TV, Bounce, Grit and Laff far more than I watch anything on the current KPXD lineups. Seeing all those diginets in one place doesn't really concern me, especially if they improve the PSIP data. But since ION, ION Plus and Qubo are going away and not just being left homeless, What can we expect to see on KUVN, KADF and KSTR when they move? ION, ION Plus and Qubo were at least real programming. Should we expect more shopping channels and infomercials, or will it be more Spanish language and religious programming? As someone pointed out a few months ago, our broadcast market already has the big diginets, so what is left to fill the void?

In addition, Weigel has been granted approval to purchase KAZD: HC2 Quartet's Sale Granted by FCC | Radio & Television Business Report
Information on this one is a little more scarce, but we could see the Weigel networks (MeTV, Movies, Decades, H&I, Start TV) move to KAZD.
To me, that is a little more problematic as I don't see KAZD in the same class as KDFI and KTVT in terms of being professionally run. KTVT has to have a higher standard because they are a major network affiliate, and KDFI rides the coattails of KDFW's Fox affiliation just as KTXA rides the coattails of KTVT. That said, MeTV, Movies!, Decades, H&I and Start TV moving to a single channel is not in and of itself a bad thing. But it does leave KTVT, KTXA and KDFI with the same "fill the void" question as KUVN, KADF and KSTR. Other than KDFI continuing to broadcast the Catholic Mass for the Dallas diocese I can't see those stations dropping in more religious programming. Spanish language programming already saturates the market here, and shopping/infomercials doesn't fit their branding. In fact, shopping or infomercials on those channels would turn them into a broadcast ghetto that would kill viewership. So again, what's left to fill the void.

It would be great if there were other movie diginets, but that seems unlikely. The way This has apparently collapsed makes me wonder if there is no profit in it. This looks like it has become the TV equivalent of a Top 40 station with the tiny selection of movies they are currently running--sometime multiple times in one day. How many times can you show Terminator, Poltergeist, the Species franchise, etc while still boasting about having the entire MGM catalog at your disposal?
 

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Scripps has completed their acquisition of ION: Scripps Completes Acquisition Of Ion Media
Expect to see the Katz networks (Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Bounce, Grit, Laff) make their way to KPXD.
Scripps intends to do away with Qubo and ION Plus and air some Katz networks in HD: https://ir.scripps.com/static-files/a26d560b-d69c-4313-9fa4-7e0213fe6830 (Slide 27)
In some markets Scripps has already replaced one of ION's shopping channels with Laff.
Did this even get FCC approval?

Thought Qubo was going to stay, seeing that they recently added a bunch of new shows. Oh well...

Didn't really need Ion Plus to begin with in the first place as there was more than enough room on the main ION network for those shows, only if they've cut back on airings. I didn't watch it when it was ION Life as I didn't really like the selection of lifestyle shows that they had. Dabl is much better though.
 

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But since ION, ION Plus and Qubo are going away and not just being left homeless
Ion isn't going away, only Qubo, Ion Plus, Ion Shop and the QVC and HSN simulcasts are going away.

As for what will replace the Katz networks on local affiliates, it depends what's available locally or if their parent companies make new groupwide deals. Chances are some of the networks that don't have Dallas affiliates or are only carried on LPTV stations will try to fill some of those vacancies like the Reach High/Luken networks Retro, Heartland, Family, Action and Rev'n and other independent networks like Country Network, Fun Roads and LATV.
 

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KTVT has to have a higher standard because they are a major network affiliate, and KDFI rides the coattails of KDFW's Fox affiliation just as KTXA rides the coattails of KTVT.
AIUI it's more than affiliation - KTVT and KTXA are actually owned by CBS, and KDFW and KDFI are owned by Fox. I believe Ion also owns KPXD, so this brings the same "network-owned" model to KAZD.

I think your observation that KAZD hasn't been as professionally run as the others is likely due to them being owned by HC2. HC2 usually doesn't invest in full-power stations, so I suspect they were just playing "Flip This Station." The new owner will have more incentive to run the station well.

I tend to look at these acquisitions from the standpoint of what we're losing. In these cases I'd say not much, except for Ion's Qubo. Qubo occasionally airs some "classic" cartoons that grown-ups can still enjoy. (I'm going to miss Inspector Gadget!) And it was nice to see some competition for PBS's Kids network. But both suffer from the same problem: their target audience pretty much disappears at night, much more so than with adults.

The other possible loser is Dallas's Vietnamese community, although I suspect HC2 can find room for KAZD's Vietnamese channels on their many low-power stations. Those channels could also move to KLEG if that station ever gets back on the air. (No guarantees, but a logical solution would be to put those stations on KLEG for the Dallas side of the metroplex and HC2's KPFW or K07AAD for the Ft. Worth side.)

On the plus side, one of the Katz networks will apparently be upgraded to HD, and sports should start to look better on the stations losing subchannels.
 

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I think your observation that KAZD hasn't been as professionally run as the others is likely due to them being owned by HC2. HC2 usually doesn't invest in full-power stations, so I suspect they were just playing "Flip This Station." The new owner will have more incentive to run the station well.
Bingo. HC2 is akin to being the slumlord of the television station world. They buy up stations and pack them with low end programming that does little more than create a revenue stream. They do as little as possible to truly improve the stations and market the same way property slumlords put poor people in their run down properties to create a revenue stream and barely keep them up to code.

I tend to look at these acquisitions from the standpoint of what we're losing...The other possible loser is Dallas's Vietnamese community, although I suspect HC2 can find room for KAZD's Vietnamese channels on their many low-power stations. Those channels could also move to KLEG if that station ever gets back on the air. (No guarantees, but a logical solution would be to put those stations on KLEG for the Dallas side of the metroplex and HC2's KPFW or K07AAD for the Ft. Worth side.)
I agree. The Vietnamese community is significant in the Metroplex, and they stand to lose at least two channels. They might find a home on RF7 or R28, but while the picture quality is decent on K07AAD, the audio is some of the worst in my entire channel lineup.
 

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Bingo. HC2 is akin to being the slumlord of the television station world. They buy up stations and pack them with low end programming that does little more than create a revenue stream. They do as little as possible to truly improve the stations and market the same way property slumlords put poor people in their run down properties to create a revenue stream and barely keep them up to code.
The four HC2 Broadcasting stations where I'm at are all poorly maintained. Two of them are essentially repeaters of the other two, all stupidly broadcasting from the same cell phone tower located in a valley with the same patterns at different power levels. All were signed on by then DTV America with a COL that none of these broadcasts even make it to.

By poorly maintained, here are my experiences...
  • One or all of their stations are occasionally off the air, sometimes with an ID slide on all the subchannels.
  • ID slides appear in the middle of programming and not at the top of the hour like they should. I also don't know why they don't just slap a graphic in the corner of the screen as the slide just abruptly interupts programming for a few seconds.
  • The video on some of the subchannels shutter, which I believe is a lack of or misconfigured 3:2 pulldown.
  • The date was wrong at one point, with a year of 2029, which caused my scheduled DVR recordings to shift to that date when tuning to one of their stations, and that may have also permanently screwed up the guide on my Samsung TV.
  • Some TV's/devices at one time didn't decode their stations correctly, which I've complained about and that eventually got fixed.
  • PSIP is usually screwed up. Samsung TVs at one point wouldn't display the virtual channel for one of their stations, even though everything else had no issues.
  • Lack of a program guide or too cheap to provide one.
  • Encoders look like they are all outdated constant bit rate models from the early days of digital broadcasting and that they've been acquired second-hand from other stations who've upgraded to more efficient ones. 7 SD subchannels and they are all highly compressed with blurry blocky MPEG artifacting, even during mostly static scenes.
  • Audio on all their subchannels are LOUD!
  • The only thing they seem to do get right is the aspect ratio for most of the networks. 2 of them, to my knowledge don't have the 16:9 flag set.
I hope the HC2 station(s) in Dallas are better maintained then the ones in my area.
 

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The four HC2 Broadcasting stations where I'm at are all poorly maintained....I hope the HC2 station(s) in Dallas are better maintained then the ones in my area.
I don't think they are. I haven't seen any that are consistently off the air, but a lot of the other things you mention are true here. Their RF7 station, K07AAD, has audio so loud that it constantly clips. The clock for their RF3 station, KODF, is behind an hour. I think this has something to do with my DVR coming up an hour slow when it performs a scheduled reboot. My theory is that because RF3 is the lowest channel for the stations I receive the DVR uses it when it calculates the time. It only happens about 50% of the time, so I can't be sure. Last week I sent HC2 an e-mail (web page form type) about it, but haven't heard back and don't expect to. They don't seem to have websites for the local stations, and it was difficult to track down any non-phone number contact info. I'm guessing that they hired a third party company to handle all the engineering needs of their stations, and that company does as little as it has to because HC2 barely pays them enough to survive otherwise. I also noticed that one of the channels (Warren Production Studios) on KODF was down for a while over the last couple of weeks, but is back now. So in true slumlord fashion I wouldn't be surprised if HC2 pulled the plug on them the moment WPS missed a lease payment.

So yeah, they seem like TV station slumlords to me, and your post reinforces that belief. They operate like the holding companies in California with parent corporations that buy up apartment complexes and do the minimum of maintenance and repairs. They wait until the code people give them a 7 day warning before they fix the AC or hot water. Or wait until 25% of the tenants complain before fixing the leaky roof.
 

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Yes, HC2 are a bunch of clowns. Remember when KPFW was illegally broadcasting on RF 18 after the repack date when that frequency belonged to (and was in use by) KTXA? They also had several licenses in other markets cancelled by the FCC for failure to resume operations within 1 year of going silent. HC2 had tried to plead repack-related trouble on those stations, but the FCC gave them the smackdown since none of those particular ones had been repacked, and it was basically a "you knew this was happening, so this was your own fault, idiots" situation. Last month, HC2 filed for license cancellation for at least a dozen other stations that were probably going to suffer the same fate.
 

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Yes, HC2 are a bunch of clowns. Remember when KPFW was illegally broadcasting on RF 18 after the repack date when that frequency belonged to (and was in use by) KTXA? They also had several licenses in other markets cancelled by the FCC for failure to resume operations within 1 year of going silent. HC2 had tried to plead repack-related trouble on those stations, but the FCC gave them the smackdown since none of those particular ones had been repacked, and it was basically a "you knew this was happening, so this was your own fault, idiots" situation. Last month, HC2 filed for license cancellation for at least a dozen other stations that were probably going to suffer the same fate.
One of the HC2 stations here kind of did the same thing... They started broadcasting on a frequency that was currently in use by another station, which they should not have been doing until that station was repacked to its new frequency.

As I stated before, we have four HC2 stations all broadcasting from the same tower, two of which are essentially repeaters of the other two. Not sure why they would even bother with such a setup, though one does have a CP to move to another tower some 14 miles south to better reach the other major city. HC2 almost bought a class A station here that was up for sale, but supposedly backed out when they found out how dated their equipment was for the price that they were asking for.
 

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HC2 had tried to plead repack-related trouble on those stations, but the FCC gave them the smackdown since none of those particular ones had been repacked, and it was basically a "you knew this was happening, so this was your own fault, idiots" situation. Last month, HC2 filed for license cancellation for at least a dozen other stations that were probably going to suffer the same fate.
We may be in the property flipping phase of television station ownership now, where companies like HC2 buy up stations and squeeze every cent of profit out of them before selling them to the next outfit. Wasn't it Mako Communications that owned a herd of LP stations in Texas a few years back, then sold them to HC2? If the bottom falls out for HC2 it will be interesting to see who steps in an takes their turn at it.

PRE-POST EDIT: Before I posted this I did a quick search for Mako Communications. It looks like they are still around. Their website states that, they own "over 45 stations broadcasting in 31 markets, and stations in 13 of the top 20 markets". Some of those stations are scattered around Texas, including the Metroplex. The problem is, the tag at the bottom of the page says that it was last updated almost 3 years ago. The same page also says they are seeking programmers for LMA's in major markets. Back when Retro TV was on channel 31 I called up just to see what monthly lease prices were and was told $17,000/month. That seemed incredibly steep, given the cost of production these days. I also don't know if that included the primary channel, the primary channel and all subchannels, or just one subchannel.

Either way you cut it the costs of leasing a channel and programming it are going to be several million a year, which puts it out of reach for pretty much anyone outside of a national group. The costs are even more prohibitive considering most people still get their TV via satellite or cable, these stations are LP stations, and there are no must carry rules for LP stations. Short of hard core porn programming I;'m not sure what kind of programming you could produce that wouldn't eventually bleed you dry. When the digital switch went down I put together a plan for a Catholic channel, but there was no interest. It would have had to be on a full power station and be a team effort of both the Dallas and Fort Worth diocese, but with more than 1.5 million Catholics in the Metroplex that could volunteer their services the production costs would have been negligible. The only other similar endeavor I can think of would be if the Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD did the same thing, though they wouldn't have the benefit of a volunteer work force. I don't think wither programming model would work on an LP station with minimal viewership, especially with lease costs more than $200K/year.
 

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For $204K/year you'd think you'd get all the station's bandwidth; not just a subchannel. At that price level, no wonder LPTV is mostly infomercials/shopping and religious programming.

I was under the impression that HC2 just bought Mako itself, as well as some similar outfits like DTV America. But I'm not sure; maybe someone who follows the LPTV biz can clarify today's ownership structure.

Anyway, I think there are a few non-HC2 LPTV station owners left in the metroplex. But aside from The Edge Spectrum's religious stations (K26KC, K31MU, and KHFD) and Spanish religious station KXDA, I think the only one actually on the air is KBOP. For a while they were airing the AMGTV diginet, but now it's just three infomercial channels and a religious channel.

KVFW, one of the remaining RF 7 contenders, is owned by the New York Spectrum Holding Co., a name that sounds very similar to HC2. But back before the repack forced it off the air, it was even worse run than the HC2 stations! Although it was kind of fun to tune in and see which random satellite signal they happened to be airing that day: I saw programming from as far away as Iran and China (in Persian and Chinese) at times.
 
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