OTA between Montréal and Québec possible?
I'm wondering if it is possible to get any HD station (OTA)
in cities located mid-distance between Montréal and Québec city.
Has anybody tried? Results?
Re: OTA between Montréal and Québec possible?
Where area you located? Trois-Rivières?
The only current DTV station that's on is CDTV's test transmitter on channel 64 in Montreal.
CFJP-DT (TQS Montreal) has been granted a license for channel 42, but they do not expect to be on until late 2005.
WCFE-DT (MountainLake PBS) should be going up in the next week or so on channel 38. Do you currently get 57 analog?
As for the other U.S. ones, they will only be up in two years. Plus, you will likely have problems receiving WVNY (ABC) since they will be on channel 13 and will have to suppress their signal towards Trois-Rivières with a directional antenna to prevent interference with CKTM up there.
I'm effectively from Trois-Rivières.
I have tried with an indoor antenna (not amplified) and I'm not getting PBS (only TVA, Radio-can, TQS, téléQC, and CBC). If I get a chance I'll try to find a neighbor using an outdoor antenna to know the differences. If I can't get more than 1 HD-station I won't invest in a 8vsb until more is available.
Are you talking about the Montreal affiliates (of TVA, SRC, TQS, etc) or the Trois-Rivieres ones? If you're not getting Montreal OTA,
you're out of luck for OTA
Does Videotron's Illico service have HD up there? If not, go with Starchoice.
Bell might seem attractive at first glance but with CTV and Global going HD, you'll be bombarded with simultaneous signal substitution, which is why I wouldn't recommend it.
TVA and SRC are from Trois-Rivières.
TQS, not sure.
CBC must be from Montréal.
I don't know about videotron (think it's not available). I was planning on trying to get HD with a 8vsb upgrade but if it's only for TQS HD, it ain't worth spending over 100$ us.
Meanwhile, I hobe bell will be offering Global-HD when available. I know simsub ain't fun but if it is HD, it'll be fine with me.
Thank you for your help.
What good would it bring to you if Global-HD is made available? The only thing they would show is U.S. shows that can already be seen in HD on CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox. The only real Canadian show they make that I know of is Train 48, which I seriously doubt would be made in HD.
Going back to your reception issues, I think think the CBC you're getting OTA
is a Trois-Rivières repeater of CBC Montreal. What channel is it on? If it's on channel 6, it's from Montreal, but if it's on another channel, it's a repeater, meaning that you're not picking up Montreal. Keep in mind that TQS-HD's licence is currently for Montreal only. They have to apply for each transmitter and they likely won't apply for Trois-Rivières for a long time since there's no forced digital transition in Canada
like in the U.S.
I get it on 28 and 79 (CBC). I get TQS on 16 and 67.
Guess that sat HD will be the best solution.
All I'm using is a small indoor antenna at ground level! I only got home at 5:00pm so I wasn't able to call WCFE's engineer to tell him this and congratulate him on being the first HD station in the Burlington-Plattsburgh-Montreal area. I'll call him tomorrow. I also want to know more about the "test phase" someone mentioned. Will it be shut-off tomorrow? I hope not. I also think that he should leave the mapping to 38 and not re-map to 57. People who watch HD would already know that their digital channel is 38. Plus, after the transition is over, they will keep 38 and not go back to 57 since it is out of core.
About channel 64 Montreal, it still comes in fine for me in St. Hubert. What receiver are you using? I'm using a Samsung SIR-T151