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Channels 34’s lame Big 12 Coverage

Earlier this year I noticed KOCB carrying an OU basketball game in HD and I was encouraged that they might have purchased the equipment to carry the Big 12 Network package in HD. Apparently, that is not the case and it’s actually worse than last year when the picture quality of the 4×3 SD images was just terrible. This year, at least for this game, they’re taking the HD feed from ESPN and converting it to standard definition so that the picture is window boxed with black bars on all four sides.

I hope this is just a one-time glitch, but if not, then I’m not sure why they wasted their money buying the rights for these games.

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  1. mdeatherage
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I can’t find when KOCB-DT went on the air, but since there were comments here in early 2004 about them getting up to full power, I’m guessing they’ve been broadcasting digitally for at least seven years, maybe eight years.

    Seven years after beginning, nearly three years after going all-digital (February 2009), they still can’t broadcast any HD except what comes directly over the network feed. Same with “sister” station KOKH-DT. Seven years.

    Then again, why bother investing money to serve your customers when the law prevents competition from other affiliates for the same network?

  2. tydude
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    the game isn’t in HD we should post a comment on Channel 34 Facebook saying put the game in HD

  3. Posted January 16, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Good idea. I’ll try to remember to do that the next time they have a game on that I want to watch…

    • tydude
      Posted January 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      i post a comment on they FB page and this what they say CW34 – KOCB Tyler, thanks for watching. We are upgrading our equipment and should be able broadcast all the games in HD very soon.

  4. ggore
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    And Sinclair Television, their parent company, is tripling retransmission rates they charge cable for carrying these two channels over the next 3 years. They are going to have to make the local-HD upgrade before I re-up to carry them on our system, I don’t care if the Super Bowl is on Fox.

    I told them a tripling of cost was just a bit much. Their response was that their costs have quadrupled. For what? The networks have instituted fees local stations have to pay the networks now, a response to the fact local stations were raking in all this retransmission consent money and the networks were not getting any of that.

    But this is an invisible cost to the viewer. When they turn on their TV and see a horrific picture on an OU or OSU basketball game, that’s when they wonder why the station has never made any investment in HD even though it’s been 7 years since it’s been around.

  5. MWB
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    The games are still in SD, but now KOCB is stretching out the picture horizontally, leaving bars on the top and bottom, and distorting the image. It looks even worse than it did before.

    • Posted February 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      I totally agree. I considered taking another screenshot, but then decided it wasn’t worth my time. You’d think someone there actually watches the games and realizes how stupid this looks.

  6. fox25eng
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    We are very close to making the switch to HD, but unfortunately, we’ve run into a software bug that must be corrected before the switch can be made. Equipment is installed and is going thru final shakedowns, and that’s all I can say for now, but both stations will be full HD shortly.

    • Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Let’s hope basketball season isn’t over by then…

      • doublej
        Posted February 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

        If you can pick up KTUL in Stillwater, they do all the Big 12 games in HD that are on 8.1 If for some reason they move a game over to 8.3 then it is picture boxed.

  7. ernie
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I hope ggore approves this message.

    KWTX ch 10.2 in Waco carries the Big 12 Network basketball games in full blown HD. Every single Waco-Killeen-Temple market station has 100% HD capability and has been capable for months and months and months.

    All stations do HD remotes, HD network pass thru, HD local news, weather, sports, HD tape delay, HD syndicated, HD local commercials, etc. Every single last one of them.

  8. ggore
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Good for Waco-Killeen-Temple, but this site is about Oklahoma HDTV

  9. ernie
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    The subject of this particular thread is “lame Big 12 coverage”.

    This may come as a shock, but Big 12 coverage, about which I comment, extends well beyond the borders of Oklahoma.

  10. tydude
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    hopefully tomorrow games will be in HD but i doubt it

  11. tydude
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    watching the game and doing the pre game they had the bars but when the game start they remove the bars and i believe the game is in HD

    • Posted March 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think it’s in HD, but at least they got the aspect ratio correct and it definitely looks better than the zoom feature on my Dish receiver.

      • tydude
        Posted March 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

        the picture is aright but we know that they are getting close to HD

        • Posted March 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

          The OU game seemed a little sharper than the OSU game. Perhaps they were both in HD, but ESPN used their ‘A’ gear on the OU game. The fuzziness in both broadcasts could be because of the conversion from 720p to 1080i.

  12. fox25eng
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    As of early this morning, we made the switch over to the new Master Control room and KOKH and KOCB are now HD. We do plan on carrying the Big 12 Tourney in HD.

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