The head engineer was very nice, he did confirm that from late last week they were expermenting with the 1280x1080i format.
He said since a lot of HD tv's are only 1280x720p and he made reference to plasma and lcd that are only up to 1280x768p they wanted to see if there was any change in quality when they broadcast at the lower resolution.
He said it uses a lot less processing power. What I dont understand if they were already doing 1920x1080i what does WNED save? Does he mean less hydro to process the siganls(equipments)??
The weird thing he said nobody before me called to complain/enquire, I was the first. I was explaining there ane many different tuners/tv out there and some cannot process the new format properly and a few cusitmers called to say the screen format looked squeezed.
I said I belong to a Canadian board they lots of people are aware of the change in quality and I said they even dedicated a few threads to WNED.
He said that on the shows that shows PBS HD in the corner of the screen there is no alteration of the signals ?
I gave him the example I have 5 tuner/tv setup and all process the new format but with a softer and lower quality picture and at my office the Sanyo the picture is distorted.
The best thing he said since I called, he would be switching the format back up to the full 1920x1080i by some time tonight. He said you cant have his viewers have bad signal feeds
By the way he said that they were still trying/working to fix the upconverted sd to hd quality with Central Pbs.