That CBC Q&A
is starting to annoy me.
Here's another blatant misrepresentation of the facts:
3. (Excerpt) Over 92% of Canadians access their television signal via cable or satellite. The plan to transition to over-the-air digital television in key markets will support the modernization of CBC/Radio-Canada's multi-platform delivery system and enable the Corporation to continue to provide Canadians with high-quality content through the most appropriate and efficient means.
While my parents fall under the 92% of Canadians who receive TV service from a BDU, I can't see them paying Bell for extra receivers for their second TV in the basement and the third TV in the guest bedroom. Those two get their service from OTA broadcasting.
On to other things:
9. The average cost of installing a new DTV transmitter is $1 million, although the cost can vary greatly from site to site. Each DTV transmitter station requires a customized design, involving the balance of such factors as antenna design, height on the tower, transmitter power, etc.
Seems on the high side. Any thoughts from Digital Home readers who are more well-versed on the cost of such installations?
(Emphasis mine) 11. Continuing to offer over-the-air television – digital or otherwise – is important as Canadians continue their transition towards connection to the digital economy. Ultimately, however, it is in the best interest of our industry and of our society to see all Canadian homes connected to high-speed internet, broadband satellite or cable, and other future broadband consumer services, where the future of our industry clearly lies.
That being said, CBC/Radio-Canada believes in its responsibility to be anchored in communities across the county(sic) and be readily accessible to as many Canadians as possible. That’s why we’re going to be offering over-the-air digital service in all of those locations where we originate local programming.
If the CBC really believed what it said here, it would have put on the list certain stations that don't originate programming but that are part of the communities CBC should be serving.
I keep going back to CBVE Quebec City and CBRFT Calgary as examples, but they illustrate brilliantly the trouble with CBC's purported vision. Both these stations are the only local broadcaster in their markets serving a relatively small but socially significant number of minority-language populations. There are a handful more of this kind of station in the CBC/Radio-Canada network that operate in mandatory conversion markets — and they should all be converted.