Hard though it may be to believe, San Francisco's own CBS affiliate still wasn't beaming out its newscasts in high-definition earlier this week. Thankfully for those looking for one more reason to tune in, KPIX-TV has finally gone live with HD news and can be seen in high-def on channels 5.1 (OTA locally / DirecTV / DISH) and 705 (Comcast). Go on, Bay Area, bust out the party hats -- CBS 5 is now bringing you 30 hours per week of local HD programming. Check out the full release after the jump.

[Thanks, Akilah]

CBS 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS BROADCASTING IN HD
For Immediate Release 2/5/08

San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose - CBS 5 (KPIX)

CBS 5 Eyewitness News is now broadcasting all newscasts in high definition. Viewers can watch KPIX's HD newscasts over the air on channel 5.1, on Comcast cable channel 705 on DirecTV on channel 5.1 and on Dish Network on channel 5.1.

Local prime access magazine show "Eye on the Bay" began broadcasting in HD in May of 2007. With the addition of the 27.5 hours of HD Eyewitness News per week, CBS 5 now originates 30 hours of local HD programming per week.

In addition to the 30 local hours of HD programming, most of the CBS primetime schedule along with "The Young and the Restless" in daytime and "Late Show with David Letterman" at night are broadcast in full 1080i HD.

CBS 5/The CW 44cable 12 are part of the CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation (http://www.cbscorporation.com).

CBS 5 (http://www.cbs5.com) began in 1948 as the first television station in Northern California. The CW 44cable 12(www.kbcwtv.com) began in 1968 as the first UHF station in the Bay area. The two stations became a duopoly in 2002.