Friday, September 22, 2006

KXRM and the CW

I've had a few calls wondering why Colorado Springs is currently getting the CW on both Channel 57 (KXTU, channel 7 on Adelphia) and Channel 20 (what used to be WB2 out of Denver). KXTU is supposed to have the rights for the Springs as the local affiliate and GM Steve Dant says he's working on it.

Given that Comcast is still using the Adelphia name in Colorado Springs, apparently just to confuse as many people as possible, I won't be surprised if we have two CW's for some time to come.

Also, given that KKTV/Channel 11 is trying to squeeze high definition programs from MyNetworkTV in alongside high definition programs from CBS, I wondered if Dant had thought about putting the CW in HD on KXRM/Channel 21's digital frequency. He said they'd talked about it, but haven't had time to see if it's really possible (both stations are owned by the same company).

Fox, KXRM's network, broadcasts HD in 720p, which takes up more bandwidth than the HD format CBS uses, 1080i, so there may not be enough bandwidth to go around. It would still be cool to see "Veronica Mars" in HD.

Hmmm.... re-reading that, this is one confusing post. Hopefully, it makes sense to someone other than me.

UPDATE: In comments, Tallguy says he thinks 1080i takes up more bandwidth than 720p. I looked around a little, and near as I can figure, it comes down to the compression scheme -- that either one could take up more or less room than the other depending on how stations configure things. Anyway, CW on a subchannel is just an idea for now.

12 Comments:

At 4:47 PM, September 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CW 57 does not have news, do they? CW 2 does. I vote to keep 2 and dump 57!

 
At 7:28 PM, September 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wb2 news rocks with ashe and ernie b.!

 
At 8:36 PM, September 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree dump 57 and keep 2. I directv and it suck to be limited to only weak springs channels. I enjoy wb2 especially its morning news. Sad we can't have 2 CW channels.

 
At 9:18 AM, September 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im with you there. The news director at fox 21 .should look into that. Make it news 57 at nine. I like newschannel 13 with kelli and that other guy in the mornings also. they used to have vida and mat garcia together until vida went to 11 am. But all and all pretty great to have news 2 here.I dont think that cw57 will have news anytime soon.

 
At 5:36 PM, September 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that 720p takes up less bandwidth than 1080i...you might re-check that

 
At 5:37 PM, September 23, 2006, Blogger TallGuy said...

I'm pretty sure that 720p takes up less bandwidth than 1080i...you might re-check that

 
At 8:51 PM, September 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't adelphia just block out KWGN during network programming, and continue to run the news like they do with 4 & 9. That would make the most sense.

 
At 1:23 PM, September 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to watch Ch 2 news move to Denver. There's a reason why they are in 5th place in Denver.

 
At 1:24 PM, September 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to watch Ch 2 news, move to Denver. There's a reason why they are in 5th place in Denver.

 
At 9:50 AM, September 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

adelphia cant even get fox31 news .let alone they cant get my kktv fixed right on ch141.

 
At 12:28 PM, September 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the problem is fixed, cw2 is back

 
At 4:53 PM, September 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes news 2 is great.great coverage on the shooting but i like 9news with bob and adela coverage.Newschannel 13 was slow there and rob Q from channel 5/30 was great and so was david nancarrow of 11 news.

 

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