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By August, 2011, the cities of Iqaluit, Yellowknife, and Whitehorse will have their existing analogue NTSC TV channels transitioned to digital ATSC DTV.

This thread is for discussion of the technical and operational status of TV stations in those three cities, and for reception reports.
 

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Yellowknife Transition: 2012

Just got off the phone with CBC TO - who advised as follows (in response to my query regarding whether CBC will continue OTA signals in this market or not):

CBC plans to replace all OTA transmitters by the end of August 2012, and has therefore petitioned the CRTC to allow them to continue to broadcast analog signals until that time.
 

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So the other regions will do without - or will have to buy a sat dish to get CBC? Any idea how many transmitters there are in the North that won't be going digital?
 

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Trappers get a radio!

Interested to see this story - wonder what the poor trappers in the territories will be watching...
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Canadians in for a rude shock after transition to digital TV

The major deadline in Canada's transition to digital TV is now less than one year away, but you'd never know it from the deafening silence on the issue.

Beginning next September 1, Canadian over-the-air TV viewers in 32 cities will need digital equipment to continue watching television. They will need either a newer TV with a digital receiver or a converter box for their older analog set.

But it's Canadians in the other cities, towns and rural areas that are in for the really rude shock. Starting in less than a year, their local stations will start unplugging the analog over-the-air transmitters and replace them with ... nothing. If you want to watch TV in those areas, you'll need a cable or satellite hookup, unless you are close enough to US stations to pick those up over the air.

It is quite a shock to compare the before-transition and after-transition maps of Canada. Check it out.
http://newsshift.blogspot.com/2010/09/canadians-in-for-rude-shock-after.html
 

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That blog post is actually wrong. In cities where DTV conversion in not mandatory, broadcasters may continue to transmitting in analog, UNLESS their stations are Channels 52-69, in which case they'll have to change to a channel below Channel 51.
This means many places in Northern Canada will continue to receive analog OTA television.
Then you have the CBC pushing to extend the conversion deadline for Yellowknife, so they can continue in analog until the install their DTV transmitter in 2012.
 

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NWT

Thanks for that. So I'm assuming that places like Inuvik, Fort Good Hope, and the smaller municipalities in the NWT - which I also assume are not designated for mandatory DTV conversion may continue to receive analaog signals beyond 2012, as long as they (if necessary) have a channel below 51?
 

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CBC Yellowknife transition postponed to December 2011

From the CBC's transition website:

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the CBC Television transmitter serving the Yellowknife region will NOT change to digital on August 31, 2011, as originally scheduled.

As planned, outside of the Yellowknife area, over-the-air service will also continue as is throughout the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, and Nunavut.

The installation of the new DTV transmitter is expected to be completed around December 2011.
 
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