I noticed when the commercials ran there was *no* trouble at all, and neither show before or after exhibited those symptoms. Talk about being left in the dark…
During the one or two minutes the show was "on" a message scrolled across the top. Was that an admission of technical difficulties, or just schedule information? I can't imagine a program director not previewing tape quality before airtime and taking some sort of corrective measures. I'd sure like to know how/why this was happening.
I think it was schedule info. I am not blaming KBC for this one, because I think it's likely to be an error in transmission from Korea. Don't they get the shows beamed over or something like that?
I'm sure they are, but these sorts of transmission problems have been much more prevelant in the past few months than they used to be. This is the same time frame that almost all the shows have had th"KBS WORLD" logo in the upper left of the screen. Maybe KBS is trying to unify their overseas marketing, but I always thought that KBS World was a separate service from KBS America.
What gets me thinking is that KBS World is carried on the DishNetwork satellite system, and there is one of those dishes on top of the Foster Bank building (WOCH's home), as well as the traditional large satellite dishes one would expect to see at a TV station.
Now, I have nothing to back this up, but I get the feeling that WOCH is reording from that 18 inch dish rather than the large ones. I've read that the smaller dishes are more prone to weather interference.
I find it hard to believe that any TV station would do this, but it would explain some things.
Wonder if it was related to the solar flares or storms that happened yesterday (and maybe today). The 9 and 10pm weathermen showed photos of Northern Lights that were visible in the north or nw suburbs, away from city lights. But the other stuff was okay, so?? Maybe that stuff is on local tapes, different machines?
It *might* just have been a videotape recorder gone haywire on them. It happens sometimes (way back in the old days, I used to work graveyard shift at a DirecTV facility, so I’ve been there, done that . . .).
It could also be flaky satellite reception on their part, but usually when the sat signal gets weak (more often due to heavy rain, or sometimes snow accumulating on the dish) you’ll start noticing erratic freeze-framing of the video, or perhaps video “blocks” appearing on the screen. That’s usually the prelude to a complete loss of signal.
But, I have no idea myself how these guys actually get their programming. One evening on TAN, I recall seeing the video flat-out freeze, and then a small “DVD-R” message popped up in the upper-right corner. Then it showed “DVD-R PLAY,” and the video started playing just fine again.
Guess somebody at the studio messed up and punched the wrong button, but it sure looks like they got (or perhaps recorded from satellite?) that particular episode on a DVD.
I found out something. I think the situation is as Mikey describes in his first paragraph above. I am with acquainted someone (I don't want to get this person in trouble, so I'm leaving out all identifying details) who heard that KBC is now recording programs from KBS for later playback. I don't know what their setup is, but it sounds to me like they have a subscription to KBS World and just tape the programs as any of us would if we were subscribers. So if there's a glitch in the recording, they probably wouldn't know. They just play back their tape at a certain time and go on about their business. It's not like anyone is paying a lot of attention to what goes out over the airwaves. Whether the station has a business arrangement with KBS based on a formal affiliation, or they just have a regular subscription like anyone else, I couldn't say.