[opendtv] Re: 20040722 Thundering Thursday Thanks (Mark's Mon day Memo)

  • From: GaryBliev@xxxxxxx
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 21:07:56 EDT

In a message dated 7/23/04 5:59:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx writes:
> John,
> I'm not sure I understand this, probably because I don't watch
> PBS in HD. Aren't the HD programs transmitted by PBS the same
> as their analog programs?
> If the answer is no, as it must be to make sense of your point,
> then why on earth aren't PBS's HD shows listed in TV Guide?
> I'm not John, but maybe I can help.  

The PBS|HD feed is a 24 hr/day feed of High Definition and Widescreen 
(upconverted) programming.  This is a "packaged" feed in that PBS fills the 
between the programs with promotional material, such that a member station 
has to broadcast it and stick an ID on it.  

PBS as a membership organization has a completely different outlook on 
national feeds than the commercial/affiliate model.  PBS offers several feeds 
members for us to select from, in addition there are thousands of hours of 
programming available from syndicators including programs such as Nightly 

PBS does ask for ''common carriage' on much of their programs, so, by and 
large there is a national coincidence of programming usually in prime time 

Now, back to the original questions, the HD feed is the same as the national 
PBS feed (in general only) if that program is produced in Wide Screen or HD 
and if it is in prime time in a 'common carriage' block.  If I guessed, I'd say 
five hours a week of coincidence, but that's just a guess.

As you might imagine, the PBS|HD channel has a lot of repeated programming.

You would have to ask TV Guide why they don't include the listings, I do know 
that the schedule is available to them.  

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