Monday, February 06, 2006

No joy in Mudville, KOAA-HD for the Olympics has struck out

Just got the official word: No high definition for the Olympics. We knew it was coming, but you always hope for miracles (especially a day after watching the Super Bowl in HD).

Here's the text from the KOAA Web site:

KOAA and HDTV - Updated 02-06-06Construction of a new transmitter building
on Cheyenne Mountain is nearly complete, and the installation of equipment can
soon begin. This entire project is heavily dependent on the weather on top of
Cheyenne Mountain. Conditions were severe in December 2005. We recently
learned of additional testing that will be required to insure that the tower can
stand the wind pressures common on Cheyenne Mountain. We expect test results to
be positive, and hope to avoid additional delays. Because of these delays, we
regret to announce there is no way all the work and testing can be completed in
time to air the Olympics in High Definition. We expect to commence HD broadcasts
within the next three months.When we do successfully fire up the transmitter for
the first time, we will have the most powerful digital television signal in
Colorado. Programming will be all “standard definition” digital and will have 4
hours of High Definition in prime time hours, as well as a few programs during
the daytime schedule when it is available. The format (4X3 vs. 16X9) will depend
on the supplier of the programs, our NBC HDTV should always be in 1080i. For
more information on HDTV in general go to the Advanced Television web site.


At 6:00 AM, February 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KOAA used to promote themselves as "the first station in southern CO to offer you stereo!" I guess the first stereo station will be the last HD station. Too bad they dragged their feet for so long that we will only be able to watch the olympics with their 20 year old, outdated stereo set-up and weak LP signal. Oh well, there's nothing on NBC that I watch anymore anyway. Guess I'll skip the Olympics this year.

At 6:10 AM, February 08, 2006, Blogger TallGuy said...

Arrrgggghhh - I thought NBC took a lot of pride in having the Olympics...but KOAA waited over a year from getting FCC approval to the time they started their construction on the DECEMBER.

Oh well, it's their loss too, in terms of viewers with an HDTV set. Nobody with HD likes watching blurry SD blown up to huge screen sizes.

At 9:59 AM, February 08, 2006, Anonymous Cliff said...

Universal HD, available on Directv, is covering some of the olympics events in HD, but nearly as many as NBC. Too bad KOAA is so slow.

At 12:35 PM, February 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phooey. And here I was really looking forward to "sharing the experience" in HD.

Bummer KOAA - you could have created some very loyal viewers for the next few weeks!


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