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KOCO Channel 5 News Now in Widescreen SD

As a few people have pointed out, KOCO is now broadcasting its news in HD. I’m not exactly sure when this started, but it’s happened in the last week or so.

This means more than half of the major network affiliates now have local news in HD with only KWTV and KOKH trailing the pack.

Update: It’s been confirmed that they are broadcasting in widescreen standard definition and not HD. It’s an improvement, but it makes you wonder when all the stations will get on board in high definition. Also, note the cables running outside the 4×3 safe area…

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  1. Posted October 14, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Pretty cool! I noticed some of the lower graffics on my right side was off the screen. It could be my TV though. I will have to test with my media center PC tonight.

  2. JWVoiceovers
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Is it really HD? The picture looks nice taking up the whole screen, but to me it looks more like widescreen SD. If you compare the sharpness of the video and graphics (especially the graphics) to KFOR, KFOR looks much more crisp. Also, I really don’t see them going HD without some big fanfare and promo campaign. Maybe I’m wrong?

    • Posted October 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      @sjohnson17ok posted on Twitter that they were just showing standard definition in 16×9 because they don’t yet have an HD switcher or master control. Does anyone know if that’s true?

      It does look better to me now, but some of these upconverters do an amazing job in making standard definitely look really good.

    • Sooner Al
      Posted October 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      It looked like a stretched SD to me also on both of my HDTVs one of which has my attic antenna hooked up to it as an alternative to Cox cable. I was looking at this mornings news around 6.45 AM or so.

      • Posted October 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

        Maybe that’s why they’re not making a big deal about it, but then I don’t really watch that much local news.

  3. Posted October 14, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    It could be that KOCO-DT is in 720P and KFOR-DT is in 1080i.

  4. Aurora5000
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    720p is the shorthand name for a category of HDTV video modes having a resolution of 1280

  5. Aurora5000
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    high definition television (HDTV) is the highest form of digital television. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is similar in appearance to a movie theater screen. HDTV has a couple of advantages over the old analog TV format — the wide screen and the resolution.

    The wide screen is good on our eyes — we see the rectangular wide screen images better than the old square format. Basically, our eyes see better from left/right compared to up/down. The wide screen will also let us see more of the on-screen scene, which is great for sports and movies.
    Resolution is undoubtedly HDTVs biggest selling point. HDTV’s resolutions are 720p, 1080i and 1080p — the number stands for the number of lines that create the image and the letter describes the type of scan used by the TV to display the picture.
    Resolution matters because the more lines means a better picture. This is a similar concept to digital photos and how dpi determines print quality.

    Which HDTV Format Is Better — 720p, 1080i, and 1080p?

    To put the 720 or 1080 lines into perspective, televisions of the past had 480 lines. Since more lines means a better picture then that alone shows why the HDTV has a nicer picture than an analog TV.

    More lines is nice but don’t forget about the ‘p’ and ‘i’ in the 720p, 1080i and 1080p. The letter is an abbreviation for the type of scan the TV uses — ‘p’ stands for progressive and ‘i’ stands for interlaced.

    Progressive scan is better than interlaced because it processes the images twice as fast. This faster scan rate produces better clarity and color in the on-screen picture. ABC and FOX use 720p.

    The difference between 720p and 1080i is minimal but the TV industry is using 720p more than 1080i. So, buying a 720p HDTV is recommended over a 1080i HDTV.

    As far as 1080p, there is no doubt that 1080p is the best resolution on the market. However, there is little to no difference in picture quality between a 1080p and 720p at the 32″ and below screen size.

    • Posted October 24, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Hi Aurora5000,

      The information you posted are some nice generalizations, but…

      The frame rates for 720p, 1080i and 1080p can be identical, or they can be different. They can also be medium dependent, I.e., over-the-air transmission versus DVD.

      The beauty (to some, a problem) with the standards decisions made for HD formats was the variety it provided. In this case, frame rate was also a variable.

      You can have 1080i 60Hz and 720p 60Hz. You can also have 1080p 60Hz or 24Hz.

      The advantages of transmitting 720p versus 1080i are generally listed as 720p uses slightly less bandwidth and because each frame of video is transmitted as a frame, the resolution of moving video is better preserved and conveyed. I.e., sports. NASA standardized on 720p many years ago. Years ago, ABC decided on 720p for reasons of bandwidth, motion resolution and the fact that displays were going to be natively progressive in the future.

      I’m unsure where you were led to believe the Industry is using more 720p. CBS, NBC and PBS programming is predominantly 1080i.

      As for buying a 1080i display, good luck! The current display offerings are LCD, Plasma and LED. Those formats are all natively progressive. That means when an interlaced show is received or sent to be displayed, there is an process that takes place internally to create a single frame from the odd & even field interlaced images. Personally, I’d recommend folks buy 1080p displays so they can enjoy the full signal played out of a Blu-Ray disc.

      Best regards,


      John R. Schilberg
      VP Technology
      Griffin Communications
      7401 N. Kelley Ave.
      Oklahoma City, OK 73111-8420

  6. Posted October 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    The picture that I posted here is a little fuzzy in part because I captured it off my satellite receiver plugged into a Hauppauge! HD PVR which means it’s getting compressed to MPEG-4 during the process. My other tuner will save it in it’s native MPEG-2 format, but it’s still going to get compressed to JPEG when posting here.

    Just as another note, my reception of KOCO has been much better since it upgraded its tower equipment and placement this summer. One of my tuners has had some problems, but the other one has consistently recorded the programs that I’ve scheduled.

  7. Posted October 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    According to KOCO-DT’s wiki the local news is in standard def widescreen.

    “on October 11, 2010 KOCO began broadcasting their local newscasts in widescreen standard definition”

  8. ggore
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    KFOR is killing the other stations with its REAL HD news, this is not HD and will not help. This is cropped and stretched SD. Sad. It took OETA 2 years to build their master control and HD switcher facility, so if KOCO has to do that it will be ages before we see any real local HD from them. I was in Kansas City for the American Royal BBQ and it was a real treat to see that EVERY station there has local HD news, and ALL syndicated programming on EVERY station is in HD, even the Fox station, that just went HD local news this week. We can’t even get every station to broadcast their HD programming in Dolby Digital.

    • Posted October 24, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      Be patient, ggore. It’ll happen before you know it.


      John R. Schilberg
      VP Technology
      Griffin Communications
      7401 N. Kelley Ave.
      Oklahoma City, OK 73111-8420

  9. tydude
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    maybe they are getting really close of being broadcast in HD

  10. Posted October 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Watching the KOCO pre-game of the OSU-Nebraska game, they definitely don’t have HD. I’m not sure for the pre-game if it wouldn’t have been better for them to just do the best SD picture they could get.


  11. tydude
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    i watch KOCO 5 since i move to Oklahoma 11 years ago but i am thinking of switching over to KWTV until KOCO 5 broadcast they news in HD

  12. tydude
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    does anyone know when they are going to broadcast in HD

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