This thread is turning in to page after page after page of Alan wanting his CW HD.
Technically, aside from the changes to my signature, I'm not...
I was actually asking for an HD-DNS feed. I wasn't planning on griping about it until right before the new Fall season begins on it the first week of October, and most likely, again when some new mid-season shows premiere early next year. However, while flipping through some channels the other day, I noticed that CW DNS East (WDCW) was apparently experiencing some technical issues as the picture was windowboxed on multiple programs... including a Nationals ball game. It'd take someone who actually receives the channel to verify, but I suspect they're not currently offering HD for some reason, thereby showing up as windowboxed instead of pillar boxed. The HD version would have some issues too, but not as many... hence why I went on my rant.
If I was asking for my local channel, which doesn't start HD until sometime next year, I'd focus more on doing it in the locals thread, as it's a little more on topic there.
Besides, I'm good with moving on...
But I digress... I'll drop the subject until my regularly scheduled gripe before the new Fall season begins the first of October...
Someone change the subject!
2013. But it is not "all locals have to be in HD". It is "all locals that offer HD should be carried". The "carry one, carry all" principle means that if they carry 1 station in HD, they have to carry all that OFFER it.
They can't make a struggling SD local change their equipment and setup to be HD if they don't want it or cannot yet afford it. Only those who offer it will need to be carried.
Sort of the same subject, and this conversation could be moved to the locals forum, though it's national repercussions is a little more on-topic in that it affects everyone instead of a few people who receive DNS feed, or the DNS feeds imported into their DMA, so I'll continue it here... for now.
The problem with that is, at least with some networks (particularly The CW which runs on many stations as an SD sub-channel) is that James Long is under the impression that the station actually has to transmit in HD for the station to be eligible for coverage under that rule. That's good news for my local CW who intends to broadcast HD OTA in addition to CBS, as well as Columbus, GA who is currently broadcasting NBC and The CW in HD, but I question whether many markets will do the two HD channels on a single frequency. So it's not just a question as to when stations will upgrade... as I suspect most of the affiliates will offer HD feeds to the cablecos and satcos and try to get coverage.