Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ottawa (Stittsville), ON, OTA (DB4e & VHF-HI folded dipole, AP-2870 pre-amp in Attic), MythTV HTPC
Reading over the plans for some of the non-network owned broadcasters here is some interesting findings:
Channel Zero plans to transition all of their transmitters in mandatory markets (no additional details provided on that). They expect to keep all five of CHCH's transmitters outside of mandatory markets broadcasting in analog, including CHCH -TV-3 (Muskoka) which is out of band on channel 67 and relocate it within 2-51 (they are waiting for the results of an engineering study before making a final decision). I am not sure if the CRTC will let them relocate without transitioning to digital. It is also possible that the engineering study may show that there is a minimal cost difference between relocating to an analog or digital broadcast in which case they may change their mind.
Corus Entertainment plans to remain on analog everywhere, except CKWS-TV-1 (Brighton) where they are out of band on 66. There they plan to install a DTV transmitter on channel 30 by Sept 1, 2011. Since CKWS-TV (Kingston) will still be analog, the repeater will likely be SD for now (a guess on my part). My guess is the cost difference between relocating in analog or digital is small, so there is no point wasting money on equipment that will likely need to be replaced.
CTS will transition in all cities by Aug 31, 2011. They plan to revert to 36 in Hamilton, move to 42 in Ottawa, remain on 14 in London and 32 in Calgary (PT allocation was 27) and move to 30 in Edmonton (different from their analog, transitional and PT allocations). All of this will be done by Aug. 31, 2011.
CHEK seems to have messed up their tracking spreadsheet (they say that 6 is not only their NTSC channel, but is also their transitional DT allotment and their PT allotment, which it is neither of and they didn't put anything in the PT operational column) but it looks like they plan on staying on channel 6 in Victoria, presumably because migrating to UHF would be too expensive. They also plan on shutting down their Campbell River repeater but there is no mention of their other transmitters, so I assume they will remain in analog.
Newcap will transition both of their stations in Lloydminster to DTV. CITL-TV will remain on channel 4 and CKSA-TV will move to channel 13 (both of which are their PT allotments).
NTV will remain analog everywhere except St. John's, where they will transition to DTV on channel 21 (from analog 6).