A picture is worth a thousand words... so here's the CBC's intended OTA DTV coverage map of Southern Ontario. Notice a certain large, well-populated, empty
area? If you live in London, Woodstock, St. Thomas, Strathroy, Lucan, and surrounding areas... you've been told by the CBC that your OTA transition is not important.
Seeing is believing, yet looking at that map it is unbelievable that the CBC would consider such a plan. As you can see, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will not be providing Digital OTA TV to the London and Southwest Ontario area as it switches over the rest of the country in all other large population centres.
In the leadup to the national DTV transition the CRTC had established the following list of mandatory
OTA FAQ & Knowledge Base
London, Ontario is clearly listed as a mandatory transition market, and so far all other Canadian broadcasters have arranged for their London-area transition from their old, original NTSC Analogue transmitters to new ATSC Digital TV equipment. The CBC, on the other hand, has decided to simply kill off their London transmitter, period, full stop, rather than transition it to DTV. The CBC claims that transitioning to DTV in the area is not cost effective or affordable.
Our members in the area are angered by the CBC's decision and see it as not only being against the spirit of the CRTC Mandatory Markets list but as a great disservice to an area containing almost 400,000 Canadians.
This thread contains all discussion of the CBC's decision, including efforts that are being made by our members to raise this issue with regulators, politicians, media, and fellow citizens.
The purpose of this thread is not activism (see our site's Rules of the Forum, which prohibit public appeals and solicitation of public support) but rather the sharing of information and public sentiment regarding the CBC's decision.