CHCH-TV, Hamilton, Ontario is making the analog to digital transition two weeks ahead of deadline. Rather than waiting for the August 31 deadline, CHCH says it will make the switch today, Monday August 15th, at 9:30 a.m, moving from analog over-the-air (OTA) transmitters to digital.

All major Canadian TV stations are to be broadcasting in digital by August 31, as mandated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. The move will improve signal and image quality, including high-definition broadcasts, while also freeing up valuable segments of the airwaves for other uses.

The station says the switch only applies to the CHCH transmitter in Hamilton. The analog to digital conversion for transmitters in Ottawa, London and Muskoka Ontario are slated to occur by the end of this month.

Members of Digital Home's OTA forums who followed the conversion said the entire process was complete before 10:30am.

Discuss in Digital Home's CHCH Hamilton DTV Transition In Progress - Aug. 15, 2011 discussion thread.