WBNG Now Broadcasting In High Def Over The Air

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 31, 2007 at 12:13 AM EDT

This week while watching WBNG-TV, on digital channel 7, you'll see a difference in some of the programs picture quality.

Now that the station is broadcasting in high definition.

But what makes High definition so special?

"It has much more depth, it's almost a 3 dimensional look. If you want to compare it to something, it's almost like the move from VHS to DVD," says WBNG Chief Engineer Michael Calkins.

With Super Bowl Sunday right around the corner, WBNG will broadcast that game in high definition , free, over-the-air, on digital channel 7.

While you'll notice a difference watching some programs on WBNG, DT 7, not all programs will be broadcast in high definition.

At least not yet.

"The high def block is basically 12:30 to 1:30 in the dayside and then at night 8 to 11 and then Letterman at 11:30, 11:35 is also in HD," says Calkins.

The future is in high definition broadcasts.

Starting this summer, every TV you buy will be capable of receiving digital signals.

"As of July 1st, they're mandating that everything has to have a digital tuner in it. So anything bought after that point will be capable to display a high definition resolution," says Paul Davis of Olums.

And even further down the line, in February of 2009, all television stations will be broadcasting exclusively in a digital format.

Wednesday, on Action News, we'll explain what you need to do to get WBNG on HDTV free over the air.

At this time, WBNG is still working on an agreement with Time Warner so cable customers can receive our programming in HD.

However, WBNG is not certain when an agreement will be ready.

We'll keep you posted.

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