The CW and WBNX

The CW Network, which premieres in September on many former WB and UPN affiliates, has unveiled its premiere lineup at a new website, complete with video of the network’s opening promo.

Meanwhile, OMW hears that WBNX/55 Akron, the Cleveland market WB affiliate that’s moving to The CW in the fall, may NOT have its digital signal up in time for the fall CW season’s high-definition programming.

OMW reported earlier that WBNX had finally received a construction permit for WBNX-DT 30, which has been tied up for years due to interference concerns with a Canadian station. WBNX said it’d obtained the verbal OK from the Canadians, but didn’t hear from the FCC until the CP was approved.

An OMW tipster tells us the station is now telling viewers who ask about it that WBNX may not be able to put up the digital signal until “spring 2007”. The station says it has to still design and build an antenna, for one.

We’re not engineers, so we don’t know how much work a station can do on a new facility – legally – before the FCC approves the construction permit. We’re guessing they can build the physical building that would hold a new transmitter, if needed, but they probably can’t work on any of the actual technical pieces that would create the new facility.

In the meantime, we’re wondering why WBNX isn’t readying a cable-only HD feed for The CW in the fall…

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