Quote from: foxeng;50773The FCC requires stations to provide DTV information on both analog and digital transmitters. FCC Third DTV Review.
I know it is a moot point now, but that is not true.
If a station has converted to a 100% HD-SDI plant, they take the HDTV image and center cut it and downconvert for analog broadcast. In that case, they have no choice as they have to run the crawl over the analog broadcast and the source is HD.
Two of the stations in Madison, WMTV and WMSN have not converted to digital yet, so they were able to crawl only the analog video. Since WMSN is the Fox affiliate, if the FCC would have required the crawl over both, they would have had to drop to SD analog upconvert and that would have sent bullets flying in the direction of the FCC.
The FCC have done a lot of stupid things, but requiring the DTV crawl over DTV was not one of them.
The local digital only stations got lots of complaints from viewers about the stupid crawl and the constant "the sky of falling" PSAs.