Larry Weil kc1ih@mac.com
Fri Jan 26 01:21:00 EST 2007

I want to give an explanation of what is happening with HD and 
upconverted SD transmissions of CW programs on WLVI-HD.

Some programs on the CW HD feed are in true HD, and are transmitted 
by WLVI as such.  Other shows are sent in an upconverted mode, with 
the aspect ratio stretched to 16:9.  This has led people in other 
cities to believe they are seeing these programs in HD, but in 
reality they are not, they are simply seeing SD in the stretch mode.

WLVI does not carry programs in this upconverted mode, opting instead 
to upconvert locally, keeping the original 4:3 aspect ratio.

Please note that while I work for WHDH/WLVI, I had no part in making 
the decision to carry the programs in this manner, so please don't 
shoot the messenger!

There have been other problems related to the change to switching at 
7 Bulfinch Place, prior to earlier this week we were switching the HD 
feed remotely at Morrissey Blvd..  This is why on Tuesday we were 
still trying to work things out when we accidentally stayed on the CW 
feed for approx 10 minutes into the news.  The CBS bars were seen 
because CW transmits from CBS facilities.

Please remember that despite what the people selling TV's will tell 
you, HD and digital TV are still somewhat in the beta stage.  And 
remember that when you pay good money to a retailer, the stations get 
nothing from that transaction, and that the stations have yet to make 
a profit from digital or HD.

I'll be happy to answer any questions as best I can as long as you 
are not asking for any proprietary information.

Larry Weil
Lake Wobegone, NH

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