San Francisco Bay Area residents can now enjoy the highs and lows of their area's happenings thanks to KTVU's newly launched high-def news service. The feed went live today and the channel expects to produce 38½ hours of HD each week and boy should it be pretty. The station didn't just slap new HD cameras on tripods and call it good, oh no. There is a new set with animated footage in the background, HD graphics package, a new radar display, and even a high-def traffic mapping service, equipped with real time traffic sensors. KTVU joins the elite few stations nationwide to have HD local news but we sure hope that more and more stations are currently upgrading their equipment so we can report to you soon that your local station's news is going HD.

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