Thanks Micah for posting CBC's response for London. Just like Panamark, I'm also mad (and disappointed) that the CBC won't be converting the London CBLN transmitter to digital... this is very sad, as ALL other conventional broadcasters WILL be converting to OTA digital in the London area.
As far as statistics go, everyone knows that 90% of all statistics are inaccurate.
This is the first time I have ever seen "7%" of the population that use an OTA antenna to receive TV mentioned... I usually see the "10%" stat referenced. The problem is that the "7%" or "10%" statistic is for the TOTAL Canadian population who receive their tv signal OTA, which MIGHT be true. BUT, if the CBC had a CLUE, London is immediately surrounded by rural areas, and just as El Gran Chico mentioned, smaller cities and towns in the London area (including the Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Lambton counties), there are LOTS of homes who have antennas installed to receive a TV signal. All you have do is drive by on the roads to see the antennas.
St.Thomas, Port Stanley, Strathroy, Exeter, Woodstock, and all other towns and rural homes in the London and surrounding area will be impacted by CBC's decision to not convert the CBLN transmitter. Therefore, I have to agree with El Gran Chico, that for the CBLN London viewing area, OTA usage is MUCH HIGHER than "7%"..... London & area population is around 500000 people.
IMHO, the CBC "official" explanation for dropping London from converting to digital is very poor.
Interest for receiving OTA dtv will grow over time, as the ATSC digital signal is superior in PQ and AQ over analog NTSC, digital cable, and satellite.
As far as cost to convert.... since Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit are no longer mandatory markets, as defined by the CRTC, then, as a Londoner, I'm expecting and calling on the CBC to redirect
part of the funds to convert the London CBLN analog transmitter to digital. The money would have already been budgeted by the CBC to convert the Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit transmitters to digital anyways. If the CBC won't be converting the Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, nor London transmitters, then where is the budgeted CBC DIGITAL CONVERSION funds going to??
Now, how can the taxpayers of London, St.Thomas, Port Stanley, Strathroy, Exeter, Woodstock, and all other towns and rural homes in the surrounding area drop their TAX DOLLARS from going to the CBC??