As far as I can tell, WTOV is still broadcasting in 16:9 SD. Even in SD, the quality of the picture is awesome-- always has been, compared to 7 which is muddy and dark.
I'm told to expect KDKA's graphics to be in-house. I'm disappointed that there won't be a KDKA version of the KYW graphics (I was thinking along the lines of KPHO) but I am hoping for the best. Their graphic designer has some talent but it always seems like management wants to go for less impact (in an effort not to scare the loyal viewers away.) I am hoping for a nice, clean font. I don't know what it is with KDKA and typefaces, but they've been making miserable choices since the days of the serpentine lowers.
I would love to see a return to the Hometown Advantage branding, since KDKA has abandoned Local News First. It's possible, since John Verrilli hated it and has now moved on, but we'll probably see them stick with Your Home.
I wanna muse about the music! They were rumored to be looking into Enforcer as a replacement when Verrilli was at the helm, but now that he's gone I don't know. Once again, original KDKA Prime would be a great choice, but unlikely. I am pretty sure that KD's contract with Soundbyte should be up or nearly up by now.
Here's hoping the extra time KD's had means they can pull this off smoothly. I have faith in them.