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http://tvtechnology.com/article/123544

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Canada's public broadcaster, has been granted permission by the country's regulators to continue broadcasting analog signals after Canada's DTV transition ends on Aug. 31.


Canada is scheduled to shut off analog broadcasts at the end of this month, but broadcasters have complained that the costs to install digital equipment are not worth it because of the low percentage of viewers who still get their TV exclusively over the air in certain regions, (CBC has estimated that approximately 92 percent of the country's population gets their television via cable or satellite).


That could still affect up to a million Canadians that could lose their TV signals. The DTV transition will only affect Canada's 31 "mandatory markets," defined as the country's national, provincial and territorial capital cities; areas with a population over 300,000, and any smaller areas with more than one local OTA TV station. Smaller market broadcasters are allowed to continue broadcasting in analog below Channel 52 as long as they don't interfere with DTV signals.


The CBC has 27 transmitters (of which 22 fell within the mandatory markets), and as late as last December, said in a press release that it planned to have all of them converted to digital in time for the analog shutoff. However, the broadcaster has since told the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC, the Canada's equivalent to the FCC), that it would cost $10 million and is not economically feasible in some regions according to the Vancouver Sun newspaper. The network has more than 600 towers that broadcast to remote areas and has told the commission that it can't afford to upgrade all of them to digital. Unlike the U.S. DTV transition, Canada has no plans to subsidize the cost to consumers of digital converters.


Regions that could have lost CBC coverage after over-the-air signals cut off after Aug. 31, would have included areas around Calgary, Alberta; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Thunder Bay, Windsor, London and Paris, Ontario; Chicoutimi, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Moncton, St. John and Fredericton, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and St. John's, Newfoundland.


The CBC has told the CRTC that it cannot continue to broadcast in analog indefinitely. The useful life of CBC/Radio-Canada's satellite distribution backbone for analog transmission ends in 2013, it said. The corporation will not reinvest in that infrastructure given the inevitability of analog obsolescence.


CRTC said it will examine the CBC's long-term plans for its analog transmitters next June when a public hearing will be held to renew its radio and television licenses.
 

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I would like to clarify the above article in that it appears only the following markets will continue to receive CBC and/or SRC in analog (OTA):

http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-494.htm

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The Commission approves applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to continue to operate 22 analog television rebroadcasting transmitters until 31 August 2012 in markets that the Commission has identified as mandatory for conversion to digital transmission, and to make associated technical changes.

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English-language television


CBRT-6 Lethbridge, Alberta

CBAT-TV Saint John, New Brunswick

CBAT-TV-2 Moncton, New Brunswick

CBLN-TV London, Ontario

CBLN-TV-1 Paris, Ontario (serving Kitchener-Waterloo)

CBMT-3 Sherbrooke, Quebec

CBJET Chicoutimi, Quebec

CBVE-TV Québec, Quebec

CBMT-1 Trois-Rivières, Quebec

CBKST Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


French-language television


CBRFT Calgary, Alberta

CBXFT-3 Lethbridge, Alberta

CBAFT-1 Saint John, New Brunswick

CBAFT-10 Fredericton, New Brunswick

CBHFT Halifax, Nova Scotia

CBAFT-5 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

CBFJ-TV St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

CBLFT-9 London, Ontario

CBLFT-8 Kitchener, Ontario

CBLFT-18 Thunder Bay, Ontario

CBEFT Windsor, Ontario

CBKFT-1 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

It appears that all the stations the CBC had planned to transition will still go ahead, such as Windsor, ON (CBET). So, this is a band-aid, so places like London, ON won't lose all/part of CBC OTA service.
 

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Jeebus, the Detroit market is long overdue for Don Cherry and Hockey Night in Canada in clear, pristine High Definition!


It seems amazing to this "south of the border" observer that the CBC and the Conservative government are having their shouting match over funding and mandates in such a public forum. The CRTC seems to be saying "step into the 21st Century" and the CBC responds with "give us a bunch of money and we'll think about it".


As for a tuner coupon boondoggle, there is no need for the Canadian government to go down that road. If a Canadian national wants to get a cheap digital convertor box, he or she can hop on eBay and buy one of the countless DTV coupon eligible convertor boxes that the US Taxpayer already bought and subsidized. There's no reason to reinvent the wheel (or the government handout program).
 

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Jeebus, the Detroit market is long overdue for Don Cherry and Hockey Night in Canada in clear, pristine High Definition!


It seems amazing to this "south of the border" observer that the CBC and the Conservative government are having their shouting match over funding and mandates in such a public forum. The CRTC seems to be saying "step into the 21st Century" and the CBC responds with "give us a bunch of money and we'll think about it".


As for a tuner coupon boondoggle, there is no need for the Canadian government to go down that road. If a Canadian national wants to get a cheap digital convertor box, he or she can hop on eBay and buy one of the countless DTV coupon eligible convertor boxes that the US Taxpayer already bought and subsidized. There's no reason to reinvent the wheel (or the government handout program).


I don't know if it's strictly because of CBC's relationship with the Conservitive government. CBC was complaining about funding for this conversion even before the US converted to digital. Man, they've had two years after us to get things ready and are still complaining about it.


And good luck trying to pick up CBC digital broadcasts in many parts of the Detroit area if you don't have cable. I live in Royal Oak and can only rarely pick up a full signal of channel 9 in analog with a roof top rotary antenna since they started preparing for the digital transistion. And I read that the digital tower will be further away from me than the analog tower. I have Dish Network and it doesn't carry Canadian stations. So I haven't watched HNiC and Canadian coverage of the Olympics for several years now.
 

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I'm surprised that London, Kitchener & Windsor are in the list.
 

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Originally Posted by videobruce /forum/post/20848857


I'm surprised that London, Kitchener & Windsor are in the list.

The affected CBC station in Windsor is CBETF, the French language station. The English language station CBET will convert to digital on 8/31/11.


As for London & Kitchener, according to the CRTC they don't meet the criteria to be a mandatory market for digital conversion:

- National, provincial and territorial capital cities

- Areas with a population over 300,000

- Other areas where there is more than one local television station broadcasting over-the-air signals


This is why the previous plan for those CBC affiliates to simply go off the air on 8/31 was crazy, and why this new plan makes a whole lot more sense.
 

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London and Kitchener DID meet the criteria, CBC just refused to build. That's why every other station in London and Kitchener is going digital except CBC and SRC.


- Trip
 
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