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Will this effect the BAMA/MICH game? Updated below ITT.
Station's closure could mean no ABC for area viewers
August 25, 2012 9:04:40 PM
A new fall television season is set to begin next month, but viewers in the Golden Triangle might have to find an alternative means of catching shows like "Modern Family" and "Dancing With The Stars" and other ABC hits.
Local ABC affiliate WKDH will cease broadcasts midnight Aug. 31.
Officials with WKDH could not be reached, but the station, located in Houston, provided a statement on their website.
"It is with extreme regret, remorse, and disappointment that we must make the following announcement. Due to financial conditions in recent years, effective at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2012, WKDH will terminate operations for the foreseeable future," the statement said.
Southern Broadcasting Inc. has held the station's license since 2001.
Stuart Kellogg, president of Jackson-based ABC affiliate WAPT, said cable users might have the opportunity to catch ABC programming, if the company decides to operate on what he called a Digital Two, D2, channel.
When cable companies switched over to digital cable, increased bandwidth accompanied the change, giving cable providers the ability to run approximately 10 standard definition channels or two digital high definition channels.
There are only a certain number of full power channels available in a particular area, such as WTVA, which assisted with WKDH's broadcasting, and WCBI. If a station is forced off the air, the network it is carrying has the option to broadcast on one of the cable providers D2 channels.
Kellogg said this has happened and will likely continue to happen across the state.
"They would at least get coverage," Kellogg said. "What has happened in Hattiesburg, they have an ABC affiliate that they have never had before and it has it on a D2 channel. The Gulf Coast has CBS and NBC the same way, they never had them before D2."
But Kellogg added the same does not apply to satellite or even all cable providers.
"The downside is satellite doesn't carry these channels, and some cable providers don't," he said.
Repeated attempts to speak with local Metrocast officials about whether or not they carry D2 channels were unsuccessful.
No decisions have been made yet.
"ABC gave me a courtesy call and told me nothing has been decided yet," Kellogg said. "But this is happening to a lot of markets, including here in Mississippi. If I was a betting man, I would say that is probably what will happen.''
Read more: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=18504#ixzz24gjFkd4D
This post was edited by BamaFreak1978 23 months ago
I had like 15 people coming over for this game, now I have to go find somewhere to watch it my damn self.
Any idea if the Daphne/Mobile area will be affected yet, I've never seen the Gulf Coast react like this to a potential Cat 2 they don't even know within a hundred miles where it's gonna make landfall.
I have no idea, this was in today's local paper and my father-in-law brought it to my attention because I missed it. I sprinted back here to see it for myself and found the link and article above. As far as I know it's MS only but this has nothing to do with the storm, this is financial issues with ABC if I read correctly.
Ah gotcha, I was thinking it was in reaction to Isaac, crisis averted, well at least if you don't live in MS, thanks dude.
If you have directv you will be getting an another abc channel according to a message board post I found some where else..
Listen it's your chance to BE A CHAMPION. Find that link!
Looks like ABC 24 out of Memphis.
thanks joe .. i was going to say i posted it in another thread the other day...
No problem. From my experience, I would still suggest everyone to call and inquire about it so that the transition is in place when WKDH goes off air. You don't want them waiting until Monday!
Awesome thank you!
Also thanks to gcreal and BOSTONTIDE543 for the extra info.
I think this only effects those who live in the Golden Triangle area. For instance those of us in the Jackson area still have WAPT as our local ABC affiliate.
BamaFreak I would consider selling the house and moving. Bama football is the most important thing period. However, It may be difficult to sell, buy, and relocate by Sept. 1st.
This post was edited by Unnamed Source 23 months ago
If you dreamed you were a sleep and you woke up, would you be awake?
Anybody know about DISH?? We live in Kennedy Alabama, but get MS local channels.
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