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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Alan Gordon, Jul 12, 2012.
4-24-13, Univision WQHS Ch. 61 Cleveland is now in HD on DTV
Yep, just updated gct's info
The CW in the Albany, NY market, WCWN, has gone HD with DirecTV sometime within the last week. It's been available in HD OTA and via TWC for years, but DirecTV has finally started to carry the HD feed. I'm assuming it must be something to do with the new agreement with Sinclair.
An engineer from WSTQ has said that he's filed all the paperwork with D* for D* to pickup their new OTA HD signal but D* informed him they do not have satellite capacity to add it at this time. I'm sure this is also why we aren't getting PBS now that it's in HD OTA. Syracuse only gets 5 local channels in HD from D* - is that the max for an HD LIL market? Buffalo gets 9 HD local channels, so why isn't there room on the Syracuse spot beam?
I have no inside knowledge and do not know the transponder numbers, but Sinclair also has a CW affiliate in Rochester which is not being broadcast on Directv. I assume that the capacity issue is at play too since the contract has been resolved.
Not sure why there is a capacity problem for WSTQ's HD feed. While the TPN maps can't see the resolution of the signals, Syracuse, is listed as using SB Tp. 21 and 22 from D11 with 7 channels on Tp. 21, which based on your description 3 are only in SD, and 1 HD channel, WNYS (MNT) on Tp. 22.
As for the issue with WCNY (24-1) I notice on the map that is a PBS station which also has a secondary sub-channel WNCY2 (labeled 24-2?). Now a few years ago on this forum I remember a poster explaining that the PBS stations are given one of two options by DIRECTV for signal carriage. Either the HD feed on their main OTA sub-channel may be carried alone, or to carry the main sub-channel in SD form (by down-converting the HD feed if necessary) along with a secondary sub-channel of the station's choice.
For instance here in So. Cal. we have a local PBS station, KVCR in San Bernardino (coincidentally also on virtual channel 24-1), which does this as well. The main OTA sub-channel is broadcast in HD (720p), yet DIRECTV only carries it in SD along with the station's secondary sub-channel 24-2 (FNX, First Nation's Experience) is carried as well.
And noticeably KVCR 24-2 was added at the same time a large number of other locals went HD on DIRECTV.
So the situation with WCNY like KVCR may be done by policy.
To note: DIRECTV also carries another local PBS station here, KLCS 58-1 Los Angeles, managed by the LA Unified School District along with one of its secondary sub-channels, 58-2. However while the main 58-1 is in SD off-air as well, the PBS policy option of allowing 1 main SD + a secondary SD sub may be the same here as well even though there is no HD feed for this station to select the other option.
WCNY has 4 OTA channels (24-1, 24-2, 24-3 and 24-4). They used to put the national HD feed on 24-4 and used 24-1 as their local programming. In March of this year they changed it so now the national HD feed is on 24-1. D* has always carried 24-1 and 24-2 but never 24-3 or 24-4. Since WCNY made their switch in March, we are still getting just 480i SD on both 24-1 and 24-2. The only thing that's changed is that the programming has changed some on 24-1 now that it's the national feed. So D* is obviously picking up the HD feed on 24-1 (as evidenced by the different programming) but are downconverting it to 480i SD. I really wish we'd get it in HD like they pick it up.
Though KVCR's main national feed has always been on 24-1 to my knowledge, otherwise the same situation exist here. KVCR has 4 sub-channels as well, and when 24-1 went HD (to 720p) many months back, it still remains in SD on DIRECTV. And during a recent surge by DIRECTV carrying local channels in HD, KVCR only added 24-2 FNX (programming geared toward native american Indians) which leads me to believe this is done by policy.
IOW, you may never get WCNY 24-1 in HD unfortunately.
KLCS has 4 OTA sub-channels as well ...
They squeezed WNYS onto the the TPN/TID that carries the Burlington stations, so there is no room for more there.
I used to live in the Syracuse DMA, and received WCNY's HD feed on cable. It was excellent, and I understand why people would be disappointed in not getting it on DirecTV. Luckily, in the markets I now live in, I get good HD PBS.
KMYU channel 12 (in Utah) started showing as HD (A3) yesterday. This is good news for me, there are a couple of shows that I like on that channel.
KYUR-13, the ABC affiliate for Anchorage taken off in March for negotiations, is now carried in HD on DTV for the first time. As a result, all four Anchorage majors plus PBS are now available in HD via DTV for the first time.
Spanish KRCA-62 went live in 720p HD at 3:00 AM PST here in L.A.;
Not a channel I personally watch since I don't speak Spanish, but certainly good for those who do.
But I'm also glad I don't watch it because the picture is apparently 4:3 up-converted stretch-o-vision. Yuck! :raspberry
WHP-21-2 is (MY TV Network) is now available on Channel 22 in the Harrisburg DMA.
KDCO-HD (Channel 3, aka K-3) is now available in HD in the Denver and Northern Colorado.
WRGX our new nbc local in dothan al will be on directv 19 JUNE .I got a email from WRGX yesterday.
wrgx nbc channel 23 went live this morning.
Washington DC Newschannel 8 went live yesterday. SD only on channel 8.
In the Charlotte market, since July 1, WCCB - 18 is now a CW affiliate and WJZY-46 is the FOX affiliate. Also WAXN - 64 should be shown as available in SD and HD, somehow this got changed in one of the updates.
An update for the master list:
"FOX Sports New Orleans" has launched. It is carried in HD and SD versions on DirecTV on channel 678 and is available with the New Orleans locals package. It will be the new TV home of "The New Orleans Pelicans" (the NBA team formerly known as "The New Orleans Hornets").