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Monday, May 24, 2010

KHOU 11's HDTV efforts profiled in New York Times

Glad to see the New York Times reporting something about Houston other than the fact that we make some dumb nation's fattest list (excuse me ice cream just dripped all over my keyboard, let me clean it).

Anyway, the former TVNewser himself Brian Stelter writes about how Houston is up there in HDTV usage and profiles KHOU 11's digital efforts:

HP 2010i 20-Inch Diagonal HD Ready LCD Monitor - BlackIn Houston, which counts a higher proportion of HD viewers than any other market in the country, except for Washington, D.C., viewers rarely comment on the quality of KHOU’s signal, unless some sports event is not being carried in HD, that is.

“For the consumer, it was very easy,” Susan McEldoon, the station president, said of the transition.

KHOU was the first Houston station to upgrade to HD three years ago. “It’s such an expensive endeavor,” she said, with a multimillion-dollar investment in new cameras, computer servers and other equipment.

New sets for the newscasts were also built, and new graphics packages were created. Since then, KHOU’s competitors have all converted to HD, with the final station completing its transition this month. READ THE REST

Belo loves that high definition stuff. I remember in the late 90s when WFAA 8 in Dallas was all over that. Even if you could care less about HDTV, you should click on the NYT article just to see anchor Lucy Noland applying makeup. Us regular viewers don't usually get that kind of access.

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