CTV in Montreal now broadcasting Over-the-Air in HD

This past Saturday at 2:00pm, CTV’s new Over-the-Air (OTA) transitional Digital Television transmitter in Montreal became operational.

CFCF-DT, channel 51 and virtual channel 12.1, is the high definition version of Montreal top rated English language television.

CRTC revokes broadcasting licence for CKLN-FM in Toronto

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) last week revoked the licence of CKLN-FM, Ryerson University’s community-based campus radio station which broadcasts at 88.1 FM.

The federal regular says the radio station was in breach of numerous regulations and conditions of licence and was unable to convince the Commission that it could operate the station in a compliant manner going forward.

UBB coming to cable internet too!

A representative of Rogers Cable has informed me that beginning in July, the company will apply Usage Based Billing to Third Party Internet Access (TPIA) providers.

The decision means that consumers jumping from wholesalers of Bell’s DSL service to wholesalers of Rogers Cable Internet service in order to avoid Usage Based Billing will be disappointed.

Rdio now available on Sonos

Sonos, makers of wireless music systems for the home, and Rdio, a premium music streaming service this week announced today that Rdio (pronounced ar-dee-oh) is now available to Sonos users.

Beginning today, Sonos customers in the United States and Canada can sign up to the service for $9.99 per month.

Usage Based Internet Billing: What can you do?

The Digital Home forums are filled with Canadians complaining about Usage Based Billing (UBB). Readers complain about the scandalous pricing for usage insurance plans and they complain about the recent CRTC decisions which force Third Party Internet Access Providers to pass these rates onto consumers.

In addition to complaining, some readers encourage others to sign online petitions which they believe will somehow stop UBB.

The truth is that signing online petitions and complaining on Internet Forums and blogs will not do a damn thing to stop Usage Based Billing.

Sony’s Next Generation Portable device announced

In Tokyo today, Sony announced that its next generation portable (NGP) gaming system will be in stores by the end of this year.

The NGP will feature multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) with 960-by-544 resolution, a multi-touch pad on the rear of the device, a front and rear camera, three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, dual analog sticks, built-in GPS and the ability to communicate wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity.

New Radio Stations approved in Saskatchewan

In two broadcasting decisions handed down yesterday, the CRTC has approved applications for new FM radio stations in Estevan and Humboldt Saskatchewan.

In Estevan, the commission approved a new English-language commercial FM radio station which would operate on frequency 106.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts. The new station will offer a Classic Rock and New Rock music format with 126 hours of local programming per broadcast week, including five hours and 45 minutes of news.

U.S. TV viewing spikes during Winter Storms

Ratings giant Nielsen has published some interesting television audience numbers for last month, The firm has calculated that the storm of January 10-13, 2011 was the most impactful storm on television viewing in recent history.

It seems that in addition to dumping record-breaking amounts of snow and ice across the United States, the nationwide blizzards and snowstorms also deposited an unusually large numbers of viewers, especially kids and teens, in front of their TV sets.

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