I agree with you! As an Eastlink subscriber watching this in Nova Scota, it is frustrating to see both Global and CBC Atlantic offering their news in HD, but CTV still does their local news on SD. Considering that I prefer the CTV news, I sure hope that this station gets their act together soon.
I called the engineering folks at CTV in Halifax. They say it won't be any time soon, as the equipment for HD is very expensive.
Hey, this is not new technology. HD has been around for quite some time. All 4 local stations in Bangor broadcast locally in HD! CTV Atlantic serves all the Maritime Provinces. Once again, we are last on the totem pole.
You need to consider each station as its own business unit. The ad revenue CTV Halifax generates from local news compared to CFTO CTV Toronto or CTV Calgary is much smaller. Population size does dictate ad rates.
The station just spent x dollars upgrading their transmitters in the Maritimes. Maybe next year's budget will have the dollars to upgrade the on set cameras and editing equipment and the following year upgrade the ENG cameras from SD to HD. Also you have bandwidth costs for sending the reports in HD from their offices in Moncton, Sydney, etc back to Halifax. Even if "Bell" owns the lines, there is still a cost associated with that.
I've seen some of the staff in person and seeing them in SD is a good thing.
I think Bell's priorities as far as CTV in smaller cities is very, very, low. I called CTV Atlantic a month or so ago to inquire about the local news, and all she could tell me was "eventually". She could not even promise that it would happen this year. Yes, it IS frustrating that many of the local, in house commercials are indeed in beautiful HD here as well.
This is all in the time that Global has a new studio here, and I guess that CTV does not care about the local competition.
I am not sure if the Alberta CTV stations still only have local newcasts in SD, since both Calgary and Edmonton are large cities. Perhaps someone who receives the HD versions of the CTV affiliates there can answer this question.
Also, I would be very surprised if CTV Ottawa still has their local news in SD.
However, it does appear that CTV is especially "cheap" when it comes to local HD. It reminds me, back in the early 1970s, when our local CTV affilate was one of the last local stations to have local programming in colour.
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