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Why your local channel isn't in HD and who to complain to!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by noneroy, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. Nov 23, 2006 #21 of 304

    hdgreg AllStar

    Sep 10, 2006
    Don't see why PBS is not up in HD. I'm in San Francisco.
  2. Nov 24, 2006 #22 of 304
    Greg Bimson

    Greg Bimson Hall Of Fame

    May 5, 2003
    Because there isn't a single PBS in HD available yet on DirecTV.

    There could be a regulatory reason. Because DirecTV must negotiate for both the SD and HD feeds from the local channels, most PBS stations are available because of must-carry. There hasn't been a law for must-carry in HD, so it makes it a little difficult to carry these stations.

    Edit: Why was Gray Television added to this list? I was unaware of any issues with Gray Television.
  3. Nov 27, 2006 #23 of 304

    noneroy Godfather

    Aug 21, 2006
    Sorry for the lag. Holidays and all....

    I haven't added Gray yet because I don't know which channels of theirs D* is not offering. Please let me know.

    Also, I'm going to update with the new markets D* added soon (if there are 'gaps' in coverage).
  4. Nov 27, 2006 #24 of 304

    tejohnson Mentor

    Nov 5, 2006

    WTAP (small market tho)
  5. Nov 27, 2006 #25 of 304
    Greg Bimson

    Greg Bimson Hall Of Fame

    May 5, 2003
    WTAP? This thread is for the new HD local channels being carried by DirecTV, and those companies that cannot come to terms with DirecTV. Gray Television is not one of these companies that have not come to terms with DirecTV; WTAP isn't carried yet because DirecTV doesn't have the Parkersburg market available yet.
  6. Nov 28, 2006 #26 of 304

    jasonblair Icon

    Sep 5, 2006
    So who do I complain to in order to get my local NBC and Fox affiliate to convert their digital broadcast from 480i to HD? (WTWO - NBC 2 and WFXW - Fox 38 in Terre Haute, Indiana) DirecTV can't carry them in HD if the affiliates are 480i
  7. Nov 28, 2006 #27 of 304

    noneroy Godfather

    Aug 21, 2006
    The resolution your TV station broadcasts in is up to the station itself. Terre Haute, being the small market it is, probably wont be moving up to 1080i/720p until they have to. Even then, it will be even longer before D* would add their HD signals to their lineup. However, you might be able to pull down Indy locals OTA. Your best bet will probably be getting the locals in HD OTA when they are offered.

    But, yeah. Your complaint needs to go to your local broadcast stations (or their parent companies). Sorry. :(
  8. Nov 29, 2006 #28 of 304

    noneroy Godfather

    Aug 21, 2006
    Hey guys. For some reason I cannot edit my original post to update it. Not sure why. The reason i need to update it is that Tribune and D* have reached an agreement and now FOX is in HD in the Indy Market. (Possibly more markets, given the parent company situation). I'd like to remove at least part of them from the wall of shame!

    Now...if only LIN could get it together....I'd have the big 4 in HD.....

    I guess it's a good thing I don't watch any shows on CBS! :)
  9. Dec 3, 2006 #29 of 304

    tmwes Cool Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Just back from the Pats game and catching the end of the Cowboys/Giants game, and it appears Fox 61 in Hartford (Tribine) is in HD as well. Nothing on the guide for future shows indicates HD, but I have to think this is a good sign. Especially since it happened before 24 starts!

    And I'm in the same boat RE: Lin...they own my local ABC, and are my last remaining non HD local.
  10. Dec 3, 2006 #30 of 304

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Has anyone received a response to a query to LIN corporate? I got a response from a local station:

    Our parent company, LIN Television, strongly believes that subscriber fees paid to broadcasters by cable/sat providers are important to our long-term survival. Cable/sat providers currently pay those fees to all program providers except local broadcasters. LIN is committed to withholding authorization to carry the HD signals until agreements can be reached with these entities.
  11. Dec 4, 2006 #31 of 304

    noneroy Godfather

    Aug 21, 2006
    That's funny. I strongly believe in withholding viewership of crappy TV stations whose only compelling content are football games. I'm not too broken up about not having CBS since I don't watch any of their TV shows and I have NFL-ST/SF which seems to get around this issue....

    But seriously LIN.....you own a crappy station in a backwater town...how much money do you expect?
  12. Dec 4, 2006 #32 of 304

    tbackus AllStar

    Nov 21, 2006
    Any idea on who to contact about HD programming in Wichita, KS??
  13. Dec 4, 2006 #33 of 304

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    This is a hoot. Next thing, they'll want their OTA viewers to buy subscriptions.
  14. Dec 4, 2006 #34 of 304

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Check out your cities HD locals thread on AVS. That would be the best place to start. Click the link in my sig.
  15. Dec 6, 2006 #35 of 304
    Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    For the 2nd time, now, I sat with an installer as we looked through the transponders to see how many local HD casts were actually in test with D*. 2 out of 4.

    But, the incompetent louts down in Albuquerque include an NBC outlet whose OTA HD has been down for days -- and a CBS outlet still holding up Comcast for years. The only crew in our region with smarts and capability is PBS and D* won't be offering them as an HD local -- till who knows?
  16. Dec 6, 2006 #36 of 304

    chrisfowler99 Legend

    Aug 23, 2006
    Which just goes to show that LIN TV has no clue...
  17. Dec 20, 2006 #37 of 304
    Kevin Dupuy

    Kevin Dupuy Godfather

    Nov 28, 2006
    Actually, it is a full or low power analog broadcast station in most markets that are ranked higher than 100. Now, I did say most, so there are a good many that are digi-subchannels. However, once you get lower that 100, yeah, a lot are cable-only or digital subchannels, a part of The CW Plus system, and were probably a part of The WB 100+ Station Group.
  18. Dec 28, 2006 #38 of 304

    FastEddie AllStar

    Sep 18, 2006
    Montecito Broadcasting Group
    633 Picacho Lane
    Montecito, CA 93108
    Phone: 805-969-9278
    Fax: 805-969-2399
  19. Dec 28, 2006 #39 of 304

    SParker Active Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    noneroy, please add Grand Rapids - WOOD (NBC) to the LIN TV list.
  20. Dec 31, 2006 #40 of 304

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006

    However misguided, they are are being honest. No run around comment from them.

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