Why W35AX has not gone digital so far is

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  • Member
    #119707

    Oh, whenever it DOES happen, I do expect the various RetroTV sister subchannels (TuffTV, etc.) to show up on whichever of the two stations goes on first.

    I would expect as much. With the amount of cable cutters growing I think financially they’d have to go digital to keep these stations alive, if they care to. It looks like RetroTV is looking to improve their stance among DTV stations, as they are getting more high profile shows like MST3K and Doctor Who (Who is a pretty big get as it is seeing a pretty big upswing in popularity these days). If Retro wants more coverage than they currently have (since they are associated with more low power stations than diginets, they might start shopping in markets to get on substations.

    As for the e-mail, I don’t know what you could’ve said…I just wanted to get the info out there to someone.


    Member
    #119713

    Fall technically goes from late September to late December, but I am looking forward to Channel 35 going digital and several other diginets.


    Participant
    #119737

    So, does this mean that I can look forward to watching beat up prints of crappy public domain movies and TV shows in crystal clear digital? 🙂


    Member
    #119745

    Not so excited about the main channel (Retro TV), but some of the subchannels it may bring like Tuff TV and PBJ. It might also give Cleveland the chance to land other channels like Cozi TV and Dr.TV. Someone once posted the station might have like 7 or 8 subchannels.


    Member
    #119756

    The owner of Retro Tv Luken Communications and other networks is currently in chapter 11 bankruptcy, after September 8th the company will eithet be sold or liquidated if the creditors approve the sale of the company


    Member
    #119764

    The owner of Retro Tv Luken Communications and other networks is currently in chapter 11 bankruptcy, after September 8th the company will eithet be sold or liquidated if the creditors approve the sale of the company[/quote
    So, do you think 35/29 might go with another affiliation soon?


    Member
    #119767

    According to WNIR’s site that has the schedule for 29/35, they do air some movies from America One, That may be one network they carry, BizTv is on the same satellite and transponder and they may have the same representation for affiliations so that could be another network carried, It is a wait and see what the future is for the Luken Networks, Tuff Tv is a joint venture so it will survive, I do not really know what 29/35 will carry, But if they were planning on all the Luken Networks or some that may be up in the air for now


    Member
    #119796

    According to WNIR’s site that has the schedule for 29/35, they do air some movies from America One, That may be one network they carry, BizTv is on the same satellite and transponder and they may have the same representation for affiliations so that could be another network carried, It is a wait and see what the future is for the Luken Networks, Tuff Tv is a joint venture so it will survive, I do not really know what 29/35 will carry, But if they were planning on all the Luken Networks or some that may be up in the air for now

    The schedule on WNIR’s website is at least 2 years old. I also think it is more likely that RetroTV gets sold off to a different owner than disappears entirely. Whether it stays at 35/29 is to be determined, but I think RetroTV is definitely trying to improve it’s standing as a digital channel.


    Member
    #123596

    So, Ohio Media Watch, I saw some tweets about the possibility of 29/35 going digital soon. Can you share any more insight?


    Participant
    #123609

    Can’t really go into detail (in part because I have few details), but believe the technical pieces are nearly in place for both stations to begin testing soon.

    No idea when it actually happens, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they are in testing mode sometime in the next few weeks. I’m going to do a rescan/add on my tuner about once a week. (Just did one this morning, and they’re not there yet.)

    It appears both signals will go on…the DTV 16 replacement for W35AX, and the 29 flash cut for WAOH-LP.


    Participant
    #123647

    The House of Klaus will never sell off WNIR. That is pretty much established.

    But I’m pretty sure that they have looked at the FCC’s recent spectrum valuations chart. WADL/Detroit’s owner, Kevin Adell, sure did. He just cashed out.

    How much would the Klaus family be willing to hold onto WAOH/W35AX? Its always been run as a sort-of extension of WNIR, and given the recent turmoil facing WNIR proper, a little extra money couldn’t hurt (especially if they are resisting offers to sell out 100.1).

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!


    Participant
    #123681

    This is good news. I’ll be glad when they go digital, and I hope there are some good sub-channels too. RabbitEars and TV Fool shows I should be able to receive either of their digital channels (Cleveland or Akron) on the west side of Akron, but I’ll have to wait and see if that’s true or not.

    It looks like the new coverage map for W35AX overlaps WAOH quite a bit. If they’re looking at possibly selling anything, then maybe they would sell WAOH and WJMP and keep WNIR going. I can’t imagine anyone listens to WJMP.

    Speaking of digital channel 29, I remember getting a low power digital channel on 29… It was WIVN I received in Akron during tropo. That’s from New Philadelphia/Coshocton.


    Member
    #123732

    It will be interesting to see the real coverage area of W16DO when it does go live (hopefully very soon). Also interested in how many and what type of subchannels it will carry.


    Member
    #124203

    W16DO-D is no more, it is now listed as W35AX’s Digital Companion Channel in the FCC Query
    http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=W35AX


    Member
    #124207

    Technically, it’s not a Digital Companion Channel. It’s a permit for W35AX itself to move to channel 16 and convert to digital.

    The difference is..
    When it was W16DO they were allowed to operate on channel 35 in analog and channel 16 in digital at the same time. Now, they may operate *either* analog 35 *or* digital 16 but not *both*.

    Why switch? Don’t know. Probably the channel 16 permit was about to expire & since they figured the deadline was coming up there was no point in keeping the analog up after conversion.

    Doug Smith W9WI
    Pleasant View (Nashville), TN

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