It's about time! During a very recent trip to CT, I was checking out a relative's TV/HD box setup and was shocked to see that not one station in the Hartford/New Haven market had news in HD! In fact, if anything, the news on some HD feeds looked to have been very poorly converted and you could see lines from missing information - as if the original was shot in 480p (Fox 61, this means you).
The omission is particularly jarring during those morning "news" shows like Today and GMA. WTNH would cut from a nice robust HD GMA feed to a local news cut-in with 1980's quality video. Very evident, particularly when you're used to full HD as offered in other markets. Most larger markets have most of their news offered in HD now - at this point the norm seems to be 3 of 4 major channels offering it (Fox seems to usually be last). And yes, if you have an HDTV, it does make a huge difference. Zits or no zits.
I'd love to see the NY market stations in HD, but unfortunately my lousy cable provider (guess which one) does not offer the NYC channels in HD, only the Hartford/New Haven ones. And, until this week none of the local news ops have broadcast in HD. Thank you NBC30!!