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  1. Couple of comments: - IIRC, the purpose of New Neutrality is to prevent operators from “charging extra” for certain services (e.g., competitor’s IPTV offerings). It didn’t prevent discounts to vendors. I know there have been some legal challenges - not sure where they stand… - Most cable is digitally provided, and most likely IP-based ( but is most likely a proprietary format - I don’t know all of the specifics now, but set top boxes are basically dedicated computers programmed to display video programming to TVs…). Except for a few rare cases left, there are very few analog systems remaining. - The area in which I live is split between jurisdictions. One (the county), has the franchises for TV and voice with Comcast and Verizon Fios. Both offer voice, data, and video services. The other part is in the city, which has Cox as the TV provider and Verizon as the voice provider. Verizon hasn’t implements Fios in most of the city, but they did in our area. Folks living in the city (where it’s available) can subscribe to Fios, but cannot get Fios TV, because Cox has the exclusive TV-provider rights in the city. In this are Verizon offer Fiber voice and data, and “for your convenience” YouTube TV as an option (from Google, conveniently rolled into your bill (same price as direct from YouTube…) - Access from multiple vendors comes down to access of the “right of way” - who can basically run the signal from their plant to the end users - which isn’t he US is pretty much going to be the cable TV franchisee, the phone franchisee, the power company and/or the water utility, unless the area has a government who will grant right of way status to other providers… J
  2. Comcast in DC charges $25.40 for broadcast (which I can pick up with a paper clip on my TV…) and $12.40 for sports… Nearly $38 above the quote price + various taxes… J
  3. It sounds like KTVT is now CBS News Texas - but they've kept the CBS11 logo "in the box"...
  4. Visiting Denver for the weekend and had to tune in CBS Colorado News. While the CBS Colorado box in the lower left is designed with the rest of the L3 in mind, I find it a bit large and distracting. Several times it covered up content on-screen, plus it sits on top of their legal ID, so all you see is “NC-TV Denver” I also chuckled at Jim Benemann’s comment that the “graphics and music showcase our community” - generic graphics and nation-wide music don’t showcase the community. Music from a local composer (going back to the Jerome Gilmore days) more fits that IMHO… I see that they’re using the term “Community Journalist” - wondering if they have renamed reporters this, or if certain reporters have certain “beats” that they cover, or if this is a case of a contract stringer… Jim
  5. Now if they would add them to YouTube TV… J
  6. This isn’t the first time DFW stations used just “Texas”: WBAP: The Texas News (Pre KXAS) WFAA was “The Spirit of Texas” (not North Texas) - though not in the title of their newscasts KXAS: The Texas News Channel KDFW: News 4 Texas KXAS: Texas News 5 Now is’s 11’s turn to use Texas. But IMHO, streaming on the FAST systems (Pluto, Xumo, Roku, etc.) is probably why - pick up a few eyeballs outside of DFW for additional ad $$…
  7. Hidden shout out to a sister NBC station?
  8. So many? Going through the Gray list, I can only find 3 stations where CBS is on a .2 only: - Duluth (done by Quincy/Sagamore Hill) - Alexandria, LA (CBS added by Media General in 2007) - Biloxi, MS (CBS added by Raycom) And only the Duluth one was a swap of programming; the others were adding CBS over the air into the market where there wasn’t CBS previously. The remaining stations with CBS on a “not .1” are simulcasts of other stations in market (albeit often LDs/CDs)
  9. Actually Schitt’s Creek originated on Canada’s CBC. Pop! just technically picked it up in foreign syndication…
  10. Recent discovery at WRC: KTRK/13’s Ted Oberg has made the move after 21 years from Eyewitness News up to WRC’s News 4 as an investigative journalist. I was watching this afternoon and recognized the face and realized who it was. I’m not sure when he made his debut (we have News 4 on at the office in the lobby and break room, and this is the first I’ve seen of him), but glad to see him in DC. I met him while in Houston and he seemed to be a decent guy. Jim
  11. IIRC, KTRK used it on some of their extended closes (Fridays).
  12. My 2¢… i like the graphics and theme. It’s not Enforcer, but is unifying across Local, National, and Streaming. (Though the L3’s did give me a Tegna vibe the first time I watched a clip). The KPIX in the box by itself does look a little weird to me, but it serves 2 purposes: differentiates between local and national news (one gripe I have had with CTV in Canada, though it may be better now…), and reminds people that know, that it’s still the same station (at least here - no comment about the KCAL/KCBS situation) I will miss the station branding of “Channel 5/KPIX 5/CBS 5” (I do like numbers), but the 5 is just an abstraction of an identifier from an earlier time in TV (shouldn’t it now technically be KPIX 29…). If you use the 5, shouldn’t you also use 805 Comcast HD channel number, as well as the 3350 “Channel number” on Pluto TV? As long as the station is doing something to bring eyeballs to the news, then it keeps going. If eyes aren’t watching, we’ll end up with 18 hours of Jerry Springer repeats between ever-shrinking network programming blocks. Jim
  13. This won’t be an “overnight” change like in 1986 - as that change was a complete overhaul of the logo and IIRC, it took effect immediately. this one, like the ABC logo update, is small enough that both variations will probably be floating around for years… Jim
  14. Watching the CBS News app on Apple TV, I had the Bay Area feed on about 7:45pm ET. The intro to the 5pm newscast had “CBS News Bay Area, powered by KPIX” in the intro. take it for what it’s worth… (Also 2 minutes into the newscast, the commercial playback automation kicked in, and I got 5-6 local-to-me ads, obliterating the first story…)
  15. Several of the NBC stations used this package on their “Nonstop” channels - All 3 in California, WCAU and WRC did definitely - not sure if the others did, but WNBC did use graphics similar to NBC Nightly News for New York Nightly News on 4.2/New York Nonstop. (And I can’t remember if KXAS did either…)
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