The Canadian Transition to Digital Television.
The Government of Canada and the Canadian Radio–television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) have mandated that over-the-air television transmission must switch from analog to digital in many parts of Canada.
The majority of Canadians will not be affected. That's because more than 90% of Canadians receive their television signals through a cable or satellite provider. If you subscribe to a cable or satellite television service, such as Shaw Cable or Shaw Direct, or view your programming via the Internet, you will not be affected by this transition.
Viewers who watch local television stations using rabbit ears or an outdoor antenna may experience a loss of service. There are two ways that your television stations may be affected:
- Over-the-air signals have been converted from analog to digital.
- Shut down of analog over-the-air television transmitters.
In Broadcasting Decision
CRTC 2010-782 (“Decision 2010-782”), the Commission approved a $15M benefits proposal by Shaw Communications Inc.(“Shaw”) for Shaw Direct to provide a satellite-delivered package of relevant local and regional over-the-air television stations to up to 31,500 households that had relied upon and lost access to a local station following the digital television transition. The program was entitled the Local Tele-vision Satellite Solution or LTSS and is scheduled to stop enrolling new households as of August 31, 2014.
August 31st, 2014
The offer period for new LTSS households will end on August 31st, 2014. This is because the threshold of 31,500 households has been reached.
September 30th, 2014
Installations of LTSS subscriptions occurring up to August 31, 2014 must be completed no later than September 30, 2014. This is to ensure an orderly end to the program.
August 31st, 2019
Shaw Direct will continue to operate the LTSS service for installed households at no charge, until at least August 31, 2019, which coincides with Shaw Direct’s current Licence period.