Monday, October 08, 2007

KAIT Forced to Make Changes to One of its Digital Channels

A reader tells ATN KAIT recently was forced to drop the My Tube Music Network from one of its digital channels. MTMN went bankrupt. KAIT has 3 digital channels, regular, weather and the yet to filled spot left empty by the dropping of MTMN.

45 Comments:

At 10:41 PM, October 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will come as a huge blow to Wally.

Wally, of course, is the only person who knew that KAIT had that channel. And even he wasn't very fond of it.

 
At 7:37 AM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All they are doing by using more than one channel is degrading their progarm quality on the main channel. It has to do with bandwidth and there is only so much for each channel. Best solution is to not use the other channels as KARK and KLRT are doing. If you don't believe it, tune to KTHV and KATV's off the air signal. Their PQ suffers from using the other channels for their commercial-laden weather maps and spot news. Who watches the other channels anyway?

 
At 9:01 AM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a bunch of baloney! Both KTHV and KATV have great looking HD. Those secondary channels take up very little of the bit stream. Their systems are designed to multi-cast. "Degrading the signal" is just an excuse for stations who are too lazy or too cheap to serve the local viewers with new technology.

 
At 9:53 AM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go, Good Neighbor Station!

 
At 9:54 AM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish that Lauren Payne was my good neighbor. She is hot !!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 10:23 AM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares what the off-air signal looks like?

Who has an HD TV without digital HD cable?

For the record, I think you are wrong about the quality being jeopardized.

 
At 11:04 AM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who cares what the off-air signal looks like?

Who has an HD TV without digital HD cable?

For the record, I think you are wrong about the quality being jeopardized."

Um, me. I have OTA HD, and it doesn't matter if you THINK we're wrong about the quality being jeopardized, it's a FACT that it will be. Bandwidth is limited and if you siphon off some of the stations bandwidth to sub-channels, the quality has no choice but to suffer. Subchannels are fine for stations who are only going to do SD stuff anyway, but HD will suffer. AETN has the right idea, they have 3 subchannels on most of the time, but when they play true HD content, they turn the subchannels off.

 
At 11:49 AM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares... 2 people. Alright, moving along.

 
At 12:49 PM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cable is steppin gon the bandwidth much much more then KATV or KTHV. If you want clear HD use an antenna. The HD signal on cable is terrible.

 
At 1:18 PM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget, in Little Rock at least, the big networks use fiber to deliver their signal to Comcast. Theoretically, that should help hold the HD content intact, no matter how many multi-channels the station piggybacks on the feed.

 
At 1:19 PM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BROADCAST feed, that would be.

 
At 1:24 PM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks that cable gives the viewer more resolution has been given some really poor advice from someone. Over the air reception is the purest form of transmission.

Many broadcast stations could care less about OTA reception. They only want cable and satellite to transmit their signal.

All stations would prefer not to have a transmitter but it is presently a necessary evil just as technicians, production people, and others at brodcast stations are.

In the near future, those jobs will be lost to automation and only a handful of computer programmers will be employed.

Not a good time to seriously think about retiring from a broadcast if you are in your 20's to 40's and not computerate.

And for this post:

That is a bunch of baloney! Both KTHV and KATV have great looking HD. Those secondary channels take up very little of the bit stream.

You may be one of those computer people. By your post, you appear to not know anything about broadcast. Good luck!

 
At 2:15 PM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your opinion is clouded by lack of information. Broadcasting is alive and well with the exception of Comcast, all other services including satellite and all other cable systems are received OTA not by fiber. And will be for a long time. And so do the majority of HD viewers. You need to get your facts straignt. You sound like one of the grumpy old guys from the HDTV blogs.

 
At 2:25 PM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No matter how Comcast gets the signal. They compress it to send down their pipe, and the more channels they offer the less space they have in the pipe. HD on cable is a joke.

 
At 2:26 PM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. And HD on cable is expensive. You are better off watching your HD with an antenna.

 
At 7:01 PM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where the highest quality resolution can be found, OTA

 
At 7:05 PM, October 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"That is a bunch of baloney! Both KTHV and KATV have great looking HD."

Glad you think so. Maybe you should tune KARK, KLRT, or KETV who do not clutter their bandwith with needless crawls, ads, and other boring stuff. Then, you will see the best resolution in this market. PBS offers some of the highest quality resolution out there. You sound like a camera jockey or frustrated reporter.

 
At 6:56 AM, October 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Dan Stalnkaer.

 
At 7:30 AM, October 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can;t be Dan. He's too busy getting the building ready to hub all of Nexstar's other stations.

You heard it here first. KARK will be the center of the Nexstar Universe.

 
At 8:19 AM, October 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who cares what the off-air signal looks like?

Who has an HD TV without digital HD cable?

For the record, I think you are wrong about the quality being jeopardized."

First, I would like to sell you a tv receiver since you are not picky about the quality of the picture that you watch.

Second, I have HD tv without digital cable. I have two methods of reception, satellite and OTA using an antenna (the purest form and best quality of reception). I'm picky.

Third, I am not wrong about quality being jepordized. Why don't you read about the concept of mulit-band use inside a specified bandwith and see how you might educate yourself on the subject, that is if you are in the business. From the sound of your not caring about quality, you sound like management, not a technical person.

 
At 9:57 AM, October 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you sound like the grubby guy in production who walks around wearing the same shirt three to five days in a row with the same filthy ballcap and foul shoes on for a month straight. You know, the guy who can't be bothered to shave, take a shower, or even brush his teeth for weeks at a time? The guy who reeks of equal parts cheap cologne and B.O. You must be thinking we know each other at this point.

 
At 11:34 AM, October 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: to 2:15 pm on Oct 9 - Valid point. I was a bit shortsighted in my post about Comcast and fiber. You are correct about Dish, Direct and the other cable companies. Very correct.

 
At 12:40 PM, October 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, and what is worse I very much doubt that Dish and DirecTV will be able to retransmit local channels in 500 days because they are not set up to do so. The DTV cutover will be a mess.

 
At 1:17 PM, October 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I think that HD is extremely overrated. Watch TV the old fashioned way (3 channels with Rabbit ears) for about a year and you won't be nearly as picky. The only reason that you care so much about HD is that you have been spoiled.

 
At 1:45 PM, October 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think emotions really come into it. Our government decided to go digital, so we go digital whether we like it or not. Being spoiled? Well that is just weird.

 
At 7:18 AM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Personally, I think that HD is extremely overrated. Watch TV the old fashioned way (3 channels with Rabbit ears) for about a year and you won't be nearly as picky. The only reason that you care so much about HD is that you have been spoiled."

Annon, try doing that in 16 Months. Even if you don't give a rip about HDTV, all broadcast television will be digital after Feb 17, 2009.

That includes AETN, KVTN, the oddball TBN low-power relayer.

So enjoy the snowy,ghosty pictures because all your'll be getting from rabbit ears after Feb 2009 on a analog TV is snow and Mexican, Canadian, and Cuban E-skip in the summer months.

 
At 7:43 AM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And also enjoy KTHV's "fine" picture quality, as they are stuck in the VHF band, one channel higher than they were. Man, someone at Gannett did a lot of research on that. Break out the monster antennae or watch a compressed image on satellite; even more so on cable.

 
At 8:07 AM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are just jealous. THV HD is AWESOME! You cant beat SEC football on Saturday. It is far better than watching Lincoln Financial games.

 
At 8:34 AM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Fisher or Simas or Mayo in hi-def.

 
At 8:35 AM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi-def is great when babes are on the screen

 
At 9:09 AM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"THV HD is AWESOME!"

It sure is, especially when they just pass network, off satellite, thru their control room. That HD is courtesy of CBS. Oh yes, then it is degraded by their THV-2 thingy. What a waste.

 
At 11:43 AM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shows how much you know. HD is not "passed" through the control room. It comes from CBS and takes a clean shot straight to the transmitter. You must work at some low tech radio station.

 
At 3:27 PM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, 8:34 AM. Especially Melinda Mayo, but wouldn't live and in-person view be better than any HD view.

 
At 5:11 PM, October 11, 2007, Blogger Fox Producer said...

While we're on this subject, does anybody else with OTA HD have trouble getting KARK? It seems to be the weakest signal for where I live, especially during the day. It gets better at night.

And again while we're on this signal, I need somebody from KATV to help me out with this one. Every time during primetime that 7 airs a promo, for some reason, the program that immediately follows the promo isn't in HD until somebody throws a switch. I've watched shows where entire blocks were in standard def because somebody forgot to switch it over. Never happens on the other three. What gives?

 
At 8:57 PM, October 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV is not alone in the "forgot to throw the switch" area.

KTHV has been asleep at the wheel at least twice in the past week as well as KARK.

KLRT caught on early in the HD department and is seldom guilty of this discrepancy.

KARK has had transmission issues with their UHF digital transmitter by transmitting a carrier with no program on it (black or grey screen)and can be noted as having 100% signal level and no audio or video, just black. They say that they have instruments to guard against that happening but apparently the meters don't work too well or nobody there monitors their off the air signal, a must for good broascasting practice.

There are a lot more of OTA viewers than most people think and the number is growing as it is the purest form of receiving and watching a program broadcast in HD. Bar none.

 
At 8:20 AM, October 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Others may use a mechanical switch for HD. THV uses automation. No "switch" to forget. Get with it. It gets old when people constantly make incorrect assumptions about TV stations.

 
At 8:50 AM, October 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox uses a splicer system, in which the local MCO doesn't have to "flip the switch" so you won't see that problem on KLRT. However, I did see it several times over the summer on KASN, when everything was in reruns.

 
At 11:38 AM, October 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not an assumption when you have to call and ask them to wake up and switch back to HD.

 
At 12:07 PM, October 12, 2007, Blogger Fox Producer said...

I agree. KATV is easily the worst perpetrator of this crime. I absolutely hate watching, say, Pushing Daisies or Carpoolers in HD for one block, and then SD for the second block until somebody wakes up.

I will say, KATV has gotten better, but I've never seen this problem with any of the other three. And yes, I have called KATV angrily to remind them to switch it back to high def.

 
At 3:18 PM, October 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV just needs their GM to call master control every five minutes. That should work good.

 
At 12:59 AM, October 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Your opinion is clouded by lack of information."

It's clouded (to you) because you don't have a working knowledge of broadcast engineering. If you did, this would not have to be explained to you.

 
At 1:02 AM, October 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shows how much you know. HD is not "passed" through the control room. It comes from CBS and takes a clean shot straight to the transmitter. You must work at some low tech radio station.

So they switch in and out of network at the transmitter? Well, maybe that's why nobody at that station can control the wide range of audio levels. Thanks for the info.

 
At 1:07 AM, October 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone post the number to the switchers in master control, or wherever they do it, at their station so we don't have to bother the newsroom to deliver the message to "switch back to HD, please?"

Let's hear from someone at KATV, KARK, and KTHV. KLRT need not post.

 
At 9:14 AM, October 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Your opinion is clouded by lack of information. Broadcasting is alive viewers. You need to get your facts straignt. You sound like one of the grumpy old guys from the HDTV blogs."

You're right. I am one of those that is seeing today's broadcast standards go down the drain by lack of good engineering practices that was present in years past. By the look and sound of things, there is not a competent engineer in charge at any of the LR stations at this time.

 
At 3:48 PM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would love to see lauren payne's belly button in high def.

 

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