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:

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

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Comments

6 Responses to “CRTC extends the analog to digital TV conversion to August 2012”
  1. Jim says:

    You would think with all the government monies going to the CBC they would be the first to embrace and switch to digital. All the private stations can do this on their own.

    We fund them, yet they somehow cost us more money, for less service. Hmm…maybe that does sound like the government after all.

  2. name777 says:

    What a surprise! Didn’t see that coming. [sarcasm alert]

  3. Ben says:

    Stupid CRTC, free up that spectrum so that the new tech can actually make use of it!

  4. Writerpatrick says:

    Meanwhile everyone in those areas will stop watching CBC (except for hockey) and watch the digital stations instead.

    It looks like the Southern Ontario stations could be replaced with a single transmitter or even the CN Tower if it’s allowed to broadcast strong enough.

  5. Rod says:

    Thats just a shot in the face to all the other stations who already made the commitment to switch by this Aug.Does this mean that Access Alberta will now be allowed to stay on air too.

  6. glen says:

    The bad news for people in these markets is that their over-the-air stations are going digital. The good news is that they will still have the CBC for their entertainment needs should they stay with analog. Talk about incentive to switch to digital. Seriously though, this hardly seems fair to the other networks who have to switch over by Aug 31, 2011.