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Discussion in 'HD Locals' started by Doug Brott, Aug 27, 2008.
DMA: Honolulu, HI
As you can see, nobody is coming here yet for news and gossip about DirecTV in Hawaii. But you'll find some info in the AVSforum Hawaii HD thread. There is a rumor that KHNL will go HD on DirecTV and Dish in connection with the Jan. 15 digital transition.
I hope that someone at DirecTV realizes that Honolulu is still not getting the local NBC affiliate in HD. I just looked at the DirecTV website hoping to find news of plans for new HD local service for Honolulu, but applying the local filter to HD channels available, I see, among others, the following listed:
NBC - KHNL (13)
MYTV - KFVE (5)
It's not true, though. They are still in SD here on DirecTV (though they are HD over the air, on cable, and on Dish).
Now, at long last, DirecTV is carrying the NBC Hawaii affiliate KHNL in HD.
The CW network is now available in HD OTA and on cable in Honolulu, according to this announcement: http://khon2.com/201...igh-definition/. The CW is carried here as channel 2-2 on DirecTV. Although the DirecTV channel has some shows with the HD mark shown on the schedule, actually it is still in SD. I hope DirecTV will carry it in HD.
Your KHON CW channel record in the TPN Map is an MPEG4 channel - typically an HD channel, but as is obvious to you, the MPEG4 payload is apparently now standard def. This channel description is also shown with an "A3" prefix, the usual descriptor for an HD channel.
I would suspect that you will have this CW programming in HD very soon. All the necessary structure is in place. But I would also suspect that your delay in getting this HD channel is not a technical issue but more probably a financial or contractual problem that needs to be resolved.
I hope it's soon. By the way, the initial post in this thread could now include two other HD locals, as I've indicated above.
All the "Post #1" entries in each of the DMA-Specific threads are long overdue for an update. We are working that issue right now.
In the meantime - are you familiar with our Local-into-Local master database, which we update each week? There is a little bit of a learning curve, but once you understand it, all the information that we have is at your fingertips...
So are you familiar the the TPN Map data?
I've looked at it in the past. Thanks for the pointer, but I'm not really very interested in those details.
Greg, After a little reflection, I have decided not to take on the task of updating the 'Post #1' entry for each the active HD Local threads in this forum. The endeavour to update each of those 196 posts is daunting enough. But the biggest problem of all is maintaining all those posts in accuracy. I am not sure it is viable to try to maintain each of those threads on a weekly basis. Separate threads for each DMA is an excellent means of sharing information, but it does not work well as a basis for a vast amount of data.
So we are now on Plan B.
I have placed an Excel database of all the Directv Locals as a 'sticky' thread in this forum. This thread is totally accurate because it is just a modification of the complete and more complex technical data which is produced each week as a part the the TPN Map. It is a viable reference and resource.
I see. Well, thanks anyway.
Now it's over 3 years later with no change. Channel 2-2 in Honolulu, carrying CW programming, is still shown in the Guide as HD, but it is actually SD. As I reported years ago, the local station claims it is available in HD.
By the way, that list of pointers to the various local threads above does not have a correct pointer to this thread for Honolulu.
Since it's a subchannel, the carry one in HD carry all in HD rule doesn't apply, it only applies to the primary channel of full powered stations. Whenever the contract of the parent company is up for renewal hopefully HD carriage of the CW subchannel will be included.
I have corrected the pointer for Honolulu. But the other 198 pointers to the various DMAs also need to be corrected. Several updates in the Board software have silently made changes rendering all the links in Post #1 useless. Most of the links on this board are now broken.
The current TPN Map properly shows your Honolulu channels 2-2, 4-2, 11-2, 20 and 56 all as "A3/SD" channels. That is: they are channels provided using MPEG4 compression, capable of carrying and providing HD, but they are all carrying SD content. The TPN Map is updated at least weekly, and provides you fully accurate information.
KyL416 (above) has pointed you in the right direction. This is a contractual/financial issue. It is not a technical issue.
I never thought it was a technical issue. But thank you for your efforts. Sorry I had to be the one to tell you about the broken links.