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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Ch. 12's NCAA Tournament Game Plan

As expected, Ch 12 will carry the Xavier-BYU game at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, instead of the Wright State or Indiana games. Chs 12 & t also will have the Miami game at 4:55 p.m. Friday, blowing off early local news.

Local 12 news on CinCW: For the first time, the Local 12 news will air on the digital CinCW channel at 11 p.m. on tournament nights, and 5-6:30 p.m. Friday during the Miami game. Ch 12 also will do a full late news after basketball (often about midnight or so).

HDTV: HDTV owners won't be happy, but don't blame Ch. 12. The XU, OSU and Wright State games will not be HDTV. The good news is that Chs. 12 and 7 are promised the entire game, not CBS' around-the-horn coverage cutting away to games everywhere. Stations requesting "constant" coverage will get the game -- but not in HDTV. Only CBS' national "flex" games (cutting in-and-out to various venues) will be in HDTV, says Rick Wagar, Ch 12 program director. It's a CBS technical issue due to lack of transponder space, he says.
UPDATE: CBS says Miami game Friday WILL be in HDTV.

Digital multicast: None this year here. CBS says only a handful of stations not doing the games in HDTV will put alternative games on its digital channels. If you want to see a particular game, you can sign up for free on-demand games on the web:
However, CBS says Cinci area folks will be blocked from watching the XU game by alternative means (web, dish) if it is exclusively on Ch 12, the local affiliate.

Here's Ch. 12's game plan:
Thursday: CBS pregame coverage starts at noon.
12:30: Louisville-Stanford
2:40: Butler-Old Dominion
7 pm: OSU-Central Connecticut (no HDTV)
9:30: Xavier-BYU (no HDTV)
Dayton's Ch 12 will air Wright State-Pittsburgh instead. No local coverage of Indiana-Gonzaga.

Friday's local TV schedule is not confirmed yet, except for Miami-Oregon at 4:55 p.m. That means Chs 12 & 7 will broadcast games noon to midnight. Woohoo!


at 3/14/2007 1:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. CBS: There is no excuse for CBS not having the ability to provide an uninterrupted HD feed of an entire game to its affiliates.

2. Channel 12: If the game's not going to be in HD anyway, how about showing the CBS HD feed (with cutaways and whatever else) on your HD channel and the uninterrupted game on the standard definition channel? Some HD is better than none.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the incompetence of CBS and affiliates because I've been watching non-HD NFL games for the past 3 years.

at 3/14/2007 1:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So when is Ch12 going to thank FOX19 for the idea of moving regularly scheduled local news to another channel when interrupted by the network? Perhaps they could have started their press release with "Much like the brilliant programmers at FOX19 who do this every year when the FOX network makes the country suffer through never ending baseball games..."

at 3/14/2007 2:20 PM Anonymous Chris said...

No digital multicast? Pretty sorry excuse, because apparently they must have gotten some memo that a lot of other affiliates didn't. Just a few examples:

If Clear Channel and WKRC were on their game, we could get HD whenever the flex coverage was on the Xavier game and SD only when CBS switched away. Something tells me that's not going to happen.

at 3/14/2007 2:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A here's a BIG "who cares?" CBS and Ch12 sacrifice their programming to all the bball dweebs. Isn't that what ESPN is for? No wonder viewership is down for the networks.

at 3/14/2007 3:24 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

CBS tells me only a handful of affiliates will do digital multicasting with multiple games -- and because of that, no games will be in HD at that time.

at 3/14/2007 4:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

God in heaven, WHO can keep track of all this hi tech stuff?! Man O Man, just gimme a TV and a remote, or my head's going to explode.

at 3/14/2007 6:42 PM Blogger Clint said...

If XU and OSU play each other on Saturday will that be in HD? I believe that is the only game going on at that time.

at 3/14/2007 7:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares??? A lot of people care! There is a reason CBS is paying millions of dollars for the exclusive rights to the tournament. There is a reason people skip work to watch the games. There is a reason every office has an office pool..
God forbid basketball interrupts soaps and reruns.

at 3/15/2007 12:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chs 12 & t also will have the Miami game at 4:55 p.m. Friday, blowing off early local news.

I'm guessing the "t" means "5"??? Just by the position on the keyboard?

at 3/15/2007 8:51 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Channels 12 & 7 will blow off local news Friday evening for the Miami-Oregon game.

at 3/15/2007 9:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which makes sense, considering 5 is the NBC affiliate and CBS has exclusive rights to the NCAA Tournament ...

at 3/15/2007 11:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, I'm confused. You say that 12 is "blowing off" local news for the Miami-Oregon game. But earlier you said they are running news on the CinCW. That hardly sounds like its "blowing off" the news. So which is it?

at 3/15/2007 11:35 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

I say "blowing off" because the audience for the CincW is a small fraction of Channel 12's audience. I'm not sure many people will go to the CinCW at 5 for news, because they just don't have that habit. My guess is most will go to 5 or 9.

at 3/15/2007 11:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else notice that channel 9's "new" website is a carbon copy of I think they just switched "Don't Waste Your Money" for "Troubleshooter". Otherwise is pretty much the exact same site!

at 3/15/2007 11:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look John, you can't just say "CBS Sez" and cover your behind... dig, find out WHY these other station including one in tiny Columbia choose to air so many games. CBS is CBS, they get their way - they won't let a few stations just "get away with it". If you read WRAL's website, you'll see they are offering HD games...(granted, it's in the heart of NC Basektball country).

I can understand the CW is a reason why they can't offer four games, but look at WOWK in Huntington, WV... they offer 2 games. I'd rather hear about the two phone calls you make to a GM in Columbia and Huntington than some puff piece about piano playing weathermen, dig and research something that for today and tomorrow are the biggest stories in local TV. Rewriting press releases or just asking KRC doesn't cut it.

And you know what - Web doesn't cut it - why let two digital channels go empty?

at 3/15/2007 12:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add another multicast station... WBNS in Columbus...

Wanna be jealous? Read this from the Columbus Dispatch:

WBNS-DT10 will again show the NCAA men’s basketball tournament via the "multicast" capability of its high-definition digital signal, allowing viewers to watch several games at the same time.

New for 2007, WBNS-DT10 will also continue to broadcast some HD games via digital cable. Time Warner, Insight and WOW! customers will be able to see the games in standard definition on selected channels and the HD game on the HD channel.

Viewers who receive WBNS-DT10 by satellite or over the air won’t receive the HD games during multicast broadcasts.

The first and second rounds of the tournament will be presented on four separate multicast feeds. The regional rounds will have both multicast and HD broadcasts for all viewers.

The Final Four and NCAA championship will be shown in high definition.

at 3/15/2007 3:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Louisville is leading by 25-30 the entire 2nd half & instead of switching permanently to a close game (BC-Texas Tech or Davidson-Maryland), CBS/Channel 12 sticks with Louisville vs. Stanford, plus a few cut-ins to the other games. I know Louisville is of regional interest, but the game was never close. The viewer loses.


at 3/16/2007 1:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 9's new website is pretty disappointing. Besides being a Local 12 rip-off, its never updated!

at 3/17/2007 1:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty disappointed in 12 for this whole debacle. I can easily switch between analog 12 and HD 12 if they gave THE VIEWER a choice.

I also notice that ch. 12 is the only local affiliate of a major network not do broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1. I'm not sure if this is a CBS thing or a ch. 12 thing.

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