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post #571 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-03-17, 06:31 PM
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I don't recall what they were before, but now they are Citytv and OMNI for me.
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post #572 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-03-19, 12:38 AM
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My experience mirrors what frontpl8 describes: No more call letters.
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post #573 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-03-20, 11:10 AM
 
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City TV Edmonton

So, for a couple of days last week, there was no PSIP information on City Edmonton so I called and asked what was up. Tech said they were setting clocks in Calgary and may have done something. Yesterday, still no City on 3 different TV's and looked at TSreader again. The PSIP is back but they changed the virtual to 51.1 (as it should be) instead of 17.1. To watch the channel, I had to rescan to pick up the new channel on all 3 TV's. All good again!
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post #574 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-03-21, 08:25 PM
 
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Citytv Calgary program data down

Citytv (CKAL-DT) in Calgary is no longer showing program data for me this evening. It's back to the generic "Citytv CALGARY , Event ####' data. I suppose a few bumps in the road are to be expected. OMNI still looks good though.
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post #575 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-03-31, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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CBRT-DT English service! This summer! 10 times the ERP!

CBRT-DT is scheduled to transfer it's service to a new antenna and the new transmitter will be 10Kw power output. The new antenna is expected to be attached to the surface of the old Channel 9 high band unit at the very top of the mast. The ERP is expected to be over 200 Kw. This should offer extended range and better reception opportunities around and well outside Calgary.
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post #576 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-03-31, 04:47 PM
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Good news for cow town! What about CBC French still the same status, stuck on analog? How much longer can they stay there?
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post #577 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-03-31, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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CBRFT French Service.

j0dest3r - AFAIK Southern Alberta's CBC/SRC repeater sites are all having or have had satelite dishes and receivers added in order to continue to feed the old analog repeaters when the so called "analog backbone" is switched off.
In theory at least, this will mean that the analog services can continue until other parts wear out and can no longer be replaced due to non-availabilty or a new mandate appears which will require them to be turned off or replaced by digital services. The same, I imagine will happen or has happened to CBRFT French service in Calgary. The analog service could therefore linger on for a few years pending a further authoratative decision. It's a pity that a city the size of Calgary doesn't appear to warrant an OTA DTV French service. A little oddball in the scheme of things? (Calgary has 6 DTV channels and one analog)!
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post #578 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-03-31, 07:02 PM
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The part that really ticks me off is CBC is allowed to stay on the air Analogue but not CTV2 but we won't go there.
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post #579 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-04-01, 10:35 AM
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Global Edmoton

Wow! So I've had my antenna up for almost a year now, never had any signal issues until today. There is a bit of a spring snow storm going on, and Global is unwatchable! CFRN is fine. It looks like I'm going to have to tweak my setup again!
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post #580 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-04-01, 11:50 AM
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j0dest3r,

I saw your message and checked. I'm not getting 13.1 either right now.

Ahh well, this sort of thing is infrequent enough that I'm probably not going to do anything about it. What would have to happen in order for me to upgrade my antenna setup would be if start losing prime-time recordings due to antenna signal issues.
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post #581 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-04-01, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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j0dest3r - I did also want CTV2 OTA as you did but when I enquired about it with CTV, I was told that the viewing audience size didn't justify the investment.
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post #582 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-04-01, 10:00 PM
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Thanks for confirming. 11am I checked again and it was back to 70+. I guess that is just the way it is sometimes.

As far as CTV2 goes, Rogers didn't have too much trouble putting up Omni in the first place and switching it to digital no less despite the 'smaller audience.' CTV/Bell are just greedy u know whats and just use the audience size as an excuse. That's fine, my eyes will be elsewhere watching their competitions advertising more!
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Because Rogers needed to be OTA to get cable coverage. CTV2 does not. For Rogers, no OTA means no audience, while for CTV2 no OTA means they only lose the OTA-only audiene, but keep the cable audience.
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I guess I don't understand why the rules seem to be different for CTV2 are different than that for OMNI. Doesn't seem fair really.
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post #585 of 725 (permalink) Old 2012-04-04, 06:17 AM
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CTV2 started off as a direct-to-cable provincial educational station, and has inherited the privileges accruing to such a station.
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