PID_Stop wrote:Caller: "So when are you going to fix channel 9?"
Me: "Well, it's not something to fix... Time Warner still sends an analog signal on 9 for people with old TV sets. With your new set, you would want to be watching us on 889."
Caller: "That's too much trouble. I'll stick with 9 until you fix it."
One of these days I'll get around to putting foam rubber on my office walls so it won't hurt so much when I bang my head...
Cablevision fixed that. I don't see why TWC can't. My parents' Cablevision box (the same Scientific Atlanta box that TWC provides) automatically decodes the HD stream for "2", "4", etc. (NYC market) on the HD boxes. SD boxes probably stick with the SD stream (I can't say, they don't have one). Analog sets still get 2 on 2.
Also, Baylink, if you really want widescreen, you can do it. 16:9 SD is certainly doable with ATSC and DVB. You don't need to use any more or less bits, you just need to provide a 16:9 SD picture. In theory, you can even daypart it on ATSC. In practice, I'm not sure how receivers would respond to this.