Off Topic: DTV Transition in Chicago

After 60 years of NTSC transmissions saturating Chicagoland, we are now bathing in the electronic ether of a new era.  ATSC television, commonly known as DTV, is now officially the law of the land for all full-power television stations in America. From what we’ve heard from people in the industry, problems varied widely by market.  Houston didn’t have many problems because so many people there are already wedded...

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WBBM-TV manages to screw up a landmark

It’s been a couple of decades since WBBM-TV (“CBS2” in consultant-speak) made much of an impact on the city of Chicago.  It’s ratings have been in the crapper for years.  Its analog signal is barely visible even just a mile away from the transmitter.  And digital?  Forget about it. As a former CBS -> Westinghouse -> CBS employee, I have a soft spot for the Tiffany Network.  I...

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