D* receives katv OTA. katv is being broadcast as a sub channel of an Equity station, which has notoriously bad picture quality, due to excessive multicasting. When you take that OTA MPEG2 signal and attempt to decode/re-encode it to MPEG4, then bounce it off a satellite at least a couple of times, you end up with worse junk than you started with. This may not change until katv gets their new channel 22 tower on Shinall Mountain on the air. T
They could run fiber to the D* local receive/uplink facility, but they're too cheap to do that. They did it for comcrap, though.
They were worthless then, too.
This is a response to an email I sent to James Tidwell at KATV:
I did not understand that you had a satellite feed. At this time the satellite providers have the option of picking up the KATV signal from a Ku satellite feed or the channel 42 off air. Channel 42 carries KATV’s digital feed as a third program. KATV is working to provide the satellite providers with a direct microwave feed but at this time do not have FCC approval to install the microwave. Comcast and AT&T ran a fiber feed to the KATV building at their own expense, which is enormous. Bottom line, the weather will have a tremendous affect on the signal quality the satellite providers receive.