Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:27 AM
Well, "how nice for me." Finally I get even more benefit from my NBC NY/LA I've been paying a few bucks extra for all these years.
A couple years ago, just as I was almost ready to drop 'em, they let us "distant" subscribers finally receive NY/LA in HD again. Was told by a CSR way back that I was "grandfathered in" when I complained about losing the HD feeds but still able to receive SD distant, but would not be able to get them back if I ever did drop them.
I find nowadays (in addition to the benefit of a WC feed) that I'd long since gotten tired of KARE ruining NBC broadcasts with any minor storm within 300 miles of the Twin Cities with squish graphics and scrolling banners and rarely ever use that channel anymore.
Way back when (I was also an "early adopter" back in the MPEG2 Phase III days, DTC 100, HR10, etc..) I was fortunate (living far enough from the immediate Mpls viewing area) to actually have gotten waivers from CBS, FOX, and NBC. (That old stick-in-the-mud Hubbard - KSTP - would never let me get ABC, despite several attempts, so I never watched that network).
Once the locals were finally available in HD I lost the waivers, but was able to keep NBC as long as I paid a few bucks extra for it. Funny that the NBC waiver initially included WC (LA), but that was taken away well before HD local was available, then restored in SD when the extra fee option was offered.
At any rate, as I said, "How nice for me" that I shouldn't be affected. As a side note, I don't believe there have been any NBC channels avilable on UHF translator since the Mpls viewing area had been gerrymandered into a Northern central strip all the way to the top of the state a number of years ago.
Now, if I could just get old "stick-in-the mud" to quit using old VHS-quality SD equipment to time delay ABC late night programming (Kimmel, New Year, etc..) I might be persuaded to watch more ABC. Maybe I need to threaten to "talk to the Mouse," but that's another topic for another day.
Suffice it to say, local affiliates can really suck sometimes.