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downbeat 2011-08-10 02:48 PM

CFRE has switched to digital ...
... according to reception report here:

nolipro 2011-08-10 07:14 PM

CKMI Global ch 11 Sherbrooke has switched to digital.
CKMI Global ch 11 Sherbrooke has switched to digital. :)

PhotoJim 2011-08-11 05:17 PM

Global Regina now HD/digital
CFRE-TV (Global Regina) flash-cut to 11-1 1080i HD and 11-2 SD digital broadcasting yesterday. They didn't warn the local cable provider or SaskTel so both providers are having issues getting the new HD signal on their services. I understand some small rural cable systems were getting Global over the air and they will be without until ATSC tuners can be installed in those locations. Oh well.

On the plus side, my attic antenna, despite pointing in the wrong direction, seems to get nearly noise-free reception of the new signal and I suspect some upgrading of old 1970s RG59 cable will solve that problem. (The long run is new RG-6.)

brithgob 2011-08-11 09:23 PM

According to the Leader-Post the cable providers are negotiating to carry the signal. I don't know how much warning they needed; they should have known this would happen within the next three weeks. I know SaskTel Max already has channels set aside for the local HD channels.

PhotoJim 2011-08-12 01:30 PM

Nobody expected Global Regina to flash-cut to digital on August 10. I think they were expecting it to be at the end of August, and with a few days' notice.

Neither SaskTel nor Access yet has a digital feed with the new signal from Global. I suspect they'll have to get it OTA via ATSC for now. And some rural parts of Saskatchewan got their cable feed of Global via a capture of the analog broadcast, so that means there will be some outages of Global on rural cable systems in southern Saskatchewan until ATSC receivers are fully deployed.

Everyone expected this, just not yet. This is one of the earlier flash-cuts that has happened. Most of the other deployments in advance of the date (like Saskatoon) have been on a different channel so that the analog signal has continued.

El Gran Chico 2011-08-12 01:34 PM

PhotoJim, the website did say "Early August (Date TBC)"

nolipro 2011-08-13 03:00 PM

Global Quebec CKMI-DT has switched to digital
Global Quebec, CKMI channel 20, has switched to digital.

mkenney 2011-08-14 01:42 PM

CIII Now Digital
CIII-HD 22.1 CIII now on the air, shows up at 1080i but no guide info as yet. In east Windsor I need directional heading to pick her up.

redvette 2011-08-14 05:28 PM

mkenney, what does "directional heading" mean? I'm in the West end, and can't pick it up with a Terk 55...

ota_canuck 2011-08-14 06:41 PM

Left?, right?, up?, down?, north?, south?, east?, west?
Likewise,.. what does "West end" mean? :confused:

Just making a point about directional comments:

It is pointless to post on a forum that pretty well covers most of north america if your location is unknown. Please add your location to your signature line, so your post will then make directional sense.

cheers! ;)

redvette 2011-08-14 09:35 PM

Sorry.... west end of Windsor, Tecumseh & McKay:D

mkenney 2011-08-14 10:23 PM

What I meant by directional, with my older antenna with an amp, I needed to rotate it toward Leamington to pickup a signal, any other pointings resulted in no signal. I was hoping to still recieve it with it pointed towards Detroit.

alebowgm 2011-08-15 02:36 PM

Agreed but when on RF22 in analogue, there was still a signal available in Windsor and based on the -DT controur map, I think many held hope as mkenney did, in that it would be a strong enough signal that it didn't overly matter in what direction you were pointed...

tvlurker 2011-08-15 02:47 PM

CIII-DT-6 Ottawa
According to reports in the Ottawa station status thread, Global Ottawa has flash cut channel 6 from 50kW analog to 3.6kW digital. You can follow the progress there....

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