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#26 OFFLINE   uga009

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 04:56 PM

I don't know that it will do any good, but I sent an email to station management at WCYB and WKPT asking what their plans were for HD transmission on DirecTV and telling them that lack of HD signal has caused me to not watch their stations as much as I typically might. If I hear anything back, I'll post back.



I sent an email to station management of WCYB as well... Will keep you posted on what I hear as well.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:29 AM

Been there, done that. Multiple times and when I honestly had a crappy CD signal from them. Let me strike down any hope you may have right now :nono: Those guys are a-holes and won't have any part of it. Fortunately, my HD signal is acceptable.

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 03:58 PM

I applied for DNS Waivers awhile back. Received a post card saying my request was denied.

I don't know that it will do any good, but I sent an email to station management at WCYB and WKPT asking what their plans were for HD transmission on DirecTV and telling them that lack of HD signal has caused me to not watch their stations as much as I typically might. If I hear anything back, I'll post back.


Well, it's been over a week. No reply. Nice to know the local stations are so responsive to viewer email. :(

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 06:52 AM

I flipped on the TV this morning and unless I'm crazy it looks like WCYB NBC is in HD. The ABC affiliate WKPT is not in HD. I cannot tell about WEMT Fox since their currently running an infomercial which was shot in SD.

A SuperBowl treat?

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 06:57 AM

I was right, everything except ABC is now in HD!

http://dtv.client.sh...eleaseID=362058

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:33 AM

Sweet!. I didn't check it this morning. Hopefully WKPT will follow soon. I sent the emails to the stations too. Never heard from WCYB, but WKPT wrote back stating they were "We are in negotiations with DirecTV and are awaiting Direct's response to our latest proposal." Also, does anybody know if CW & MyNetwork is even available in HD? Does Charter or BVU offer them? I don't think Comcast did when I was on them.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 09:36 AM

Added NBC - WCYB (5), FOX - WEMT (39) and PBS - WSBN (47) to the lineup
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Posted 02 February 2009 - 11:15 PM

Here is an email that I got back from WKPT 19 about HD transmission.

We contacted DirecTv's negotiator shortly after they launched WJHL in HD back in late summer. They showed little or no interest in even talking to us until the end of last year. At that time they rejected all of our requests including carriage of WAPK in HD and carriage of our Retro Network Channel. We also asked for a modest increase on our current per subscriber payment that would get us back to what they used to pay us for WAPK when it was a UPN affiliate. They said no. They said that since they have the standard def version under contract, they do not feel they have to have the HD. We feel we should be fairly compensated.

The only thing that will get them back to the table will be the demands of their subscribers for ABC-HD.

ABC 19 WKPT & MY Tri-Cities WAPK
& RTN Tri-Cities
222 Commerce Street
Kingsport, TN 37660


I just hope that they can work out something soon, since ABC is the only major network that isn't carried in the Tri-Cities DMA.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:42 AM

Here is an email that I got back from WKPT 19 about HD transmission.

We contacted DirecTv's negotiator shortly after they launched WJHL in HD back in late summer. They showed little or no interest in even talking to us until the end of last year. At that time they rejected all of our requests including carriage of WAPK in HD and carriage of our Retro Network Channel. We also asked for a modest increase on our current per subscriber payment that would get us back to what they used to pay us for WAPK when it was a UPN affiliate. They said no. They said that since they have the standard def version under contract, they do not feel they have to have the HD. We feel we should be fairly compensated.

The only thing that will get them back to the table will be the demands of their subscribers for ABC-HD.

ABC 19 WKPT & MY Tri-Cities WAPK
& RTN Tri-Cities
222 Commerce Street
Kingsport, TN 37660


I just hope that they can work out something soon, since ABC is the only major network that isn't carried in the Tri-Cities DMA.


Wow, you got a much more detailed reply than I did. What follows is the reply I received in its entirety:

We are currently in negotiations with DirecTV regarding our HD signal.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:41 PM

I got basically the same response as "battery". I for one do not really care if DirecTV carries the other two channels. I can see why they would not agree to pay for those two channels in order to get WKPT in HD. I think as a small company, they probably do not really have much negotiating power.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 11:18 PM

This is the thing that kills me about these TV stations. They broadcast this HD signal over the air for FREE! but they want D*, Dish, Cable companies to pay to RE-TRANSMIT it. I know I know.... it's their copyrighted material, but if they transmit it over the air for FREE i just dont get it. As long as D* doesn't change the commericals then the TV station isn't losing any money from the ads, but thats just my thinking. I think i'll email them back stating that i'm going to stop watching WKPT if it's not in HD.

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 05:48 AM

At that time they rejected all of our requests including carriage of WAPK in HD and carriage of our Retro Network Channel.


Is WAPK even in HD? I get it over the air and I've never seen any HD programming on it.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:16 PM

Ok, I talked to one of my friends at work and he said that they have ABC in HD!! I told him that he shouldnt have it, to make sure that it was HD not SD. He came back a few days later and said that it was HD. I then asked him if he got the DNS ABC or something. He said no, it was channel 19 and it was HD!! He told me that his wife called D* and told them they didnt have it and they turned it on. I know he knows the differance in SD and HD. But this just makes me mad if he's got ABC HD and I don't with us both being in the same DMA. Something just isnt right. Every one in the Tri-Cities DMA needs to call D* and get them on the ball about getting WKPT ABC in HD.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 10:22 PM

Anybody else experience a signal loss & extreme pixels last night around 11:00? It started right before the news and by the end, everything was gone. just wanted to know if it's my prob or something in the area.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 07:55 AM

Here are 2 emails that I received from WKPT & CW4 about having their signal in HD on DirectTV. One may be encouraging, the other, not so much.

We started negotiations with DirecTV, but they haven't responded to any of our recent communications. Dish Network has our dignal in hi def. Perhaps if you let DirecTV know, you'd like to have us in HD, it would help.

Thanks for your inquiry.

George DeVault
President
HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING

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We don't have plans to provide our HD CW4 to DirecTV at this time.

Doug Chaulk
Assistant Chief Engineer

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:09 AM

BSGman,
If you dont care for me asking, when did you send/receive those emails about WKPT/CW4? I would hope that they are still trying to get WKPT in HD. I could care less about CW4. Since CW4 is owned by the same company that owns WCYB & WEMT, you would think it would have came at the same time we got WCYB & WEMT. But on to WKPT, it's the one I want to be HD the most right now. LOST in HD is awesome! Then when football start up this year, it needs to be HD! As I said in a earlier post EVERY ONE in the Tri-Cities DMA needs to call D* and tell them they want WKPT/ABC in HD :grin: please.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:16 AM

I contacted DirecTV this morning and made sure to mention that DISH has it now.

Jason

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 11:42 AM

BSGman,
If you dont care for me asking, when did you send/receive those emails about WKPT/CW4? I would hope that they are still trying to get WKPT in HD. I could care less about CW4. Since CW4 is owned by the same company that owns WCYB & WEMT, you would think it would have came at the same time we got WCYB & WEMT. But on to WKPT, it's the one I want to be HD the most right now. LOST in HD is awesome! Then when football start up this year, it needs to be HD! As I said in a earlier post EVERY ONE in the Tri-Cities DMA needs to call D* and tell them they want WKPT/ABC in HD :grin: please.


The CW4 one was Wednesday. The WKPT one was yesterday.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 11:43 AM

I contacted DirecTV this morning and made sure to mention that DISH has it now.

Jason


Any luck with that response?

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:40 PM

Any luck with that response?


I just checked Dish network's site to see what locals they have in HD.............. they have all four major Networks :mad: maybe this will light a fire under D*'s bum, if alot of people call D* and tell them that Dish has all of them :D

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 08:47 PM

has any1 heard anything about D* getting ABC in HD???? Close,maybe,not going to happen, soon, never? Any thing?

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:07 AM

There is a waiver in place so that you can get the ABC NY HD feed. Call Direct and tell them to check for you.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:27 PM

There is a waiver in place so that you can get the ABC NY HD feed. Call Direct and tell them to check for you.


I previously submitted a waiver request (right before we wound up getting HD from other networks). Ironically when I check the status of those requests on the DirecTV web site it indicates that my FOX and NBC waiver was granted but my ABC waiver was denied.

Are you indicating there's a solution to this?

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 07:19 AM

Yes. When I called them to ask about ABC not being in HD, they said there may be a waiver in effect for it. They checked while I was on the phone and said yes, we can hook you up with HD out of NYC. Turned it on and all is well!

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:05 AM

2 Quick Questions:

1. Do you get to keep the local feed as well as get the HD one out of NY?

2. Are their waivers in place for the CW & MyNetwork TV as well?




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