Look for the syndicated programs Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to be shown in HD soon on WTEN.
WTEN is the local ABC affiliate and the HD versions of the channel can be found on TWC channel 1810 or over the air on 10-1.
WTEN Chief Engineer Skeeter Lansing sent me an email this morning and stated:
"We are working on providing Wheel and Jeopardy in HD. I expect that to happen before the end of February as we have most of the necessary equipment in house. RTN was a higher priority; so it was done first. We have about a week of work left on RTN before it is fully operational and then we can start the Wheel and Jeopardy project."
Hey Skaggs, any chance you could get an update the status of this, as it is mid march now and still no Jeopardy in HD? I was also curious if you had heard anything about the other Albany stations being able to do HD syndication as both Two and Half Men and Everybody Loves Raymond are syndicated in HD.
The project is still moving ahead. I expect it to be operational in April. We are still awaiting some audio processing equipment to arrive and then we will begin final testing before putting it to air. I will let you know when we are ready to go live.
More than three months after the "end of February" time frame, I see Jeopardy! is finally in HD on WTEN. I don't watch Wheel, but I assume that is HD as well now. Obviously HD doesn't make a huge difference for the show but the picture is noticably clearer. And it's always good to knock another SD show off the watch list (especially one that had been available in HD for a while). Thanks to Skeeter and the rest of the tech people at TEN for getting it up and running.
Oddly, they're using open captioning (closed captioning that is part of the broadcast so you can't turn it off/on from your TV). Most of the captions are in the left side of the 16:9 frame so you just see the back end of the captions (the part in the 4:3 portion of the frame) on the SD channel. Because of the positioning, I assume the open captions are an error and shouldn't be there. I wonder if it's coming from Sony or the station.
WTEN is now airing both Wheel and Jeopardy in HD ....finally.
I apologize for the problem with the burned in captioning. The problem will be resolved by Monday.
These shows are recorded three days ahead of the air date, so when I noticed we already had three HD shows with the burned in captioning. The problem was corrected immediately and now are waiting for the clean shows to start airing.
Thanks for your patience is waiting for us to bring the HD versions of this program to you. The good part is now we are set to provide other syndicated programming as soon as it is available.