CRTC extends the analog to digital TV conversion to August 2012
In a surprise decision handed down today, the CRTC has allowed the CBC to continue broadcasting analog television signals in twenty-two markets until August 2012.
The move effectively guts the federal regulators original 2007 decision which would require Canadian television broadcasters to switch their broadcast over-the-air (OTA) television signals from analog to digital by August 31st of this year.
For the last four years, the CRTC says the conversion is necessary in order to free up television spectrum (from what is currently used for channels 52 to 69) which could then be used for other purposes like advanced wireless and public safety services, such as those used by police and fire departments.
The transmitters which will remain analog are primarily English language transmitters in Quebec and French Language transmitters outside of Quebec. A complete list of analog transmitters to be left in operation include:
- 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
- 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
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