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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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Monday, November 26, 2007

Channel 5's HDTV Outage

Channel 5's HDTV receiver broke down Saturday, which is why football fans didn't see NBC's prime-time Patriots-Eagles game in HD.

Here's an update this morning from Richard Dyer, WLWT-TV president and general manager:

"We experienced a major failure of our NBC High Definition receiver on Saturday and were unable to secure a replacement from the network in time for last night's Sunday Night Football broadcast. We apologize for the game being available only in standard definition and are efforting to resolve the problem ASAP.
"Rest assured that next Sunday night's Bengals vs Steelers game on NBC will be available on WLWT-HD. We look forward to resuming our full menu of HD programming very shortly." Sincerely, Richard Dyer


at 11/26/2007 12:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this mean they weren't able to receive the HD signal from the network?

Or, could they receive the HD signal but not able to broadcast it?

For us Time Warner customers, doesn't channel five send their signal directly to Time Warner via fiber? Using an outdoor antenna to get local HD channels means nothing to me, even though an outdoor antenna provides a much better picture.

at 11/26/2007 1:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the Rachel Ray show always have such an orange/red tint to it? Do they film it like that, or it is something to do 5's signal? It's annoying.

at 11/26/2007 2:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derek said it would be like this.

at 11/26/2007 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was the Bengals Game that was obviously broadcast in HD according to the commentators unavailable in HD from WKRC???

It appears they are always having issues with their HD programming.

At least Channel 5 gives us an explanation of the problem.

at 11/26/2007 3:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 5 coiuld not receive the HD signal from NBC. Their receiver was broken. So whether they sent it on via OTC or Cable didn't matter. The only signal they could get to pass on was in SD.

at 11/26/2007 10:49 PM Anonymous Chris said...

It was still down tonight for Chuck. WDTN is broadcasting in beautiful HD.

About the Bengals game... I heard that comment too, but CBS had listed the Bengals game as SD all week. The only thing I can figure is that it could have actually been produced by an HD truck and the announcers were looking at it in HD on their monitors, so they assumed it was HD. The limiting factor, however, is the CBS transmission path and master control in New York. If that's the case, it's truly a shame that CBS hasn't gotten their act together and actually have more HD trucks available than they can actually use.

at 11/27/2007 11:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WeatherPlus has also been down. It's interesting viewing on TWC. Apparently there is no backup plan if the transmission disappears.

They air BLACK! (Squeezed back for the graphics). The only video that airs are the commercials and local inserts. No video signal but the cueing signal (or timer) works.

Makes me have to watch Wink Raleigh's weathercasts.

at 11/27/2007 12:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To find out more about the weather, Derek said you can check out his weather ally Rich Appuzzo's ten minute M-F, No Weekend weather forecast.

at 11/27/2007 1:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that 5 decides to blow up the birthplace of Cincinnati television, and their HDTV receiver blows up.

Could it be ghost of Powell Crosley at work?

at 11/27/2007 4:41 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To Anon 11/26, 2:57 p.m.:
No, CBS did not provide a HDTV feed of the Bengals game on Sunday, despite whatever the announcers might have said. Here's an email I just got from Hank Hundemer, Ch 12 chief engineer:

"Regarding the football game from last Sunday: CBS made the decision to not make the game available in HD. I’m not sure when they made the decision, but the updated HD schedule was posted on a CBS internal website by Sunday morning showing the game not in HD.... Further, we checked every HD feed we had from CBS to make sure it was not there and it was not. I was just as disappointed.
Thanks for watching"

at 11/28/2007 1:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

CBS produces all of their games in HD, but only has the network capacity to send out 6 games per Sunday in HD on single-header weeks and 5 games on double-header weeks. The reason for the difference is they need an extra feed on double-header weeks to coordinate switch overs from earlier games as they end to the later game(s).

The Bengals game was produced in HD and if you watched Football Night in America on NBC that night you would have seen the highlights in HD. However, The Bengals game was being shown to a smaller portion of viewers then the other games, so it was the game that lost out on HD distribution. Therefore, WKRC and any other CBS affiliate would only be able to receive an SD feed from CBS.

at 12/03/2007 6:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of their RIVERFEST coverage. It blew up! And they got over 400 complaints on her about it.

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