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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2011-10-11, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question DTV Phase II - Non Mandatory Markets 2016

I read somewhere that the remainder of stations in non-mandatory markets that did not switch Aug 2011 will be done by 2016. Is there any information about this? I would like to follow the roll out of the smaller areas, especially cottage country where analogue prevails (unfortunately). I am curious if this is going to happen with some kind of pattern, and can we expect flash cuts everywhere. Since most of the rural towers are repeaters, there would not be any announcement like the August switchover. Maybe they would have to use local print media.


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2011-10-11, 02:53 AM
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The CRTC has not announced any such policy that I'm aware of. And given that they'll soon be going through a change of administration at the CRTC, I doubt we'll see any major policy announcements until afterwards.

With the DTV roll-out, the goal was to free up spectrum by using more the efficient digital technology. That goal has been achieved, and we'll see an auction of the 700MHz band likely next year.

Some broadcasters have already committed to rolling out digital to rural transmitters.

For example, Global TV (now owned by Shaw) will be converting all transmitters to digital under their "tangible benefits" agreement. I believe the timeline for completing this roll out is 2015 or 2016.

Obviously I'm in support of a policy to have broadcasters convert rural transmitters to digital. Especially now, as the newly licensed "Free HD" satellite service (now "BluSky") has backed away from the business model that would have them distribute free broadcast channels to rural viewers. Though my understanding is that Shaw offers this service.

If there is a local transmitter that you hope will convert, I would write the station/network a polite letter indicating your desire to see them go digital. Have your friends/neighbours do the same.

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I know wikipedia is not 100% reliable, but this is what it said on the "Digital Television Transmission" page....

"Canada's DTV transition was complete in many areas on Wednesday August 31, 2011. Low-power analogue transmitters and analog transmitters not in the CRTC's mandatory markets that are not occupying channels within the 52 to 69 range are allowed to continue operations until 2016. Some CBC services will continue to operate until August 31, 2012. Transmitters in non-mandatory markets that are in this channel range moved to another channel or transitioned to a low-power service. "

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That information is unsourced, and so should be edited out of the Wikipedia entry. Feel free.
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