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The only reliable way to tell is to download the Broadcasting database and open tvstatio.dbf in excel, and then look for BANNER=AU stations in PROV=ON.

I don't see any Northern Ontario stations in the list yet.
(I've edited the irrelevant columns out of the following database excerpt, and abbreviated some of the headings to help with formatting)


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PROV	CITY	    CALL_SIGN	FREQ	CLASS	LAT	LON	BANNER	ANT	DOCF	DECN	C.C.	TILT	EHAATT	ERPVAV	ERPVPK	GRNDLEV	HEIGHT RADCTR	CHANNEL
ON	London	    CITS-DT-2	500.00	R	425716	812117	AU	O	7047	0	N	0.5	316.0	2000	2000	283.6	299.9	575.1	19
ON	Belleville  CICO-DT-53	518.00	R	441851	771227	AU	D	3352	0	N	1.0	196.8	6272	10900	163.0	179.0	335.7	22
ON	Chatham	    CICO-DT-59	554.00	R	422658	820501	AU	O	5616	0	N	1.0	215.8	2250	2250	183.0	225.0	401.9	28
ON	Windsor	    CICO-DT-32	500.00	R	420912	825711	AU	O	5615	0	N	1.0	213.6	14200	14200	185.0	222.5	399.3	19
ON	Leamington  CFTV-DT(1)	566.00	LP	420538	824348	AU	D	7106	0	N	1.8	63.0	344	584	196.0	66.1	260.0	30
ON	Paris	    CIII-DT	524.00	R	431539	802638	AU	D	1011	170148	N	0.5	273.6	20610	140000	305.0	312.0	563.8	23
ON	Prescott    CKWS-DT-2	554.00	R	444955	753116	AU	D		170148	N	1.8	118.6	84	130	106.0	108.0	210.0	28
ON	Ottawa	    CHRO-DT-43	596.00	R	451302	753349	AU	D	586	0	N	0.5	177.5	21451	42800	89.0	225.0	265.7	35
ON	Fonthill    CKVP-DT(1)	560.00	R	430305	791801	AU	D	9510	0	N	0.3	151.3	990	3850	251.0	72.3	321.1	29
ON	Ottawa	    CJOH-DT	482.00	R	453011	755101	AU	D	6929	0	N	1.0	423.4	31724	54000	356.0	219.0	563.3	16
ON	London	    CFMT-DT-1	560.00	R	425716	812117	AU	D	4570	170148	N	0.8	201.3	11696	17300	283.0	299.9	458.3	29
ON	Ottawa	    CITS-DT-1	476.00	R	451301	753350	AU	D	7046	160224	N	0.5	203.6	10301	20600	90.0	225.0	292.0	15
 

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looks like the repack in Toronto is getting ready to make the switch

recieving signal at north end of lake simcoe

global has broadcast on rf 17 vf 41.2 call sign says test
city is testing on rf18 shows a test screen vf18.1
omni 2 rf 26 vf 26.1 shows test screen
omni 1 rf 30 vf 30.1 shows test screen


so why would the CRTC waste spectrum and give omni 1 and omni 2 their own frequency when omni 2 could be a sub channel at 30.2
 

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Preaching to the choir my friend.

CBC and CBC French should also be merged among many other viable mergers to increase coverage as they shutdown more transmitters. Sarnia lost CTV a couple months ago but still get CTV2, would make sense to add an SD CTV channel (previously it was analog so would still be an upgrade for that region). TVO + CBC perhaps with all the gaps in CBC's coverage since digital transition (Looking at you London Ont).

it's painful to think about it, there's also the encrypted CBC feeds on satellite.. We can stream every regions cbc free but rural Canada with crap/no internet gets left in the dark.
 

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Sarnia lost CTV a couple months ago but still get CTV2, would make sense to add an SD CTV channel (previously it was analog so would still be an upgrade for that region).
If they cared, they could put 2 1080i channels on the same RF.

In Buffalo, RF 36 has two 1080i and two 480i channels and it looks pretty good.
 

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Canadian broadcasters like to complain about how expensive it is to do broadcast, upgrade, etc, yet they choose to do their business in the most expensive possible manner(ignoting the multi-channel capacity of the new tech). In what world does anyone accept such an argument??
 

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It's not really the broadcasters blocking multi-channel (although I do doubt they use it if allowed), it's the CRTC ruling that a sub channel must be a full channel and meet the Canadian standards such as x amount of local programming, news and such. There is also some kind of stipulation on only owning 1 station in a market. Likely why a ctv and ctv2 merge wouldn't be allowed either under current regulations, although in many areas both are easily accessible they are serving different regions (Hamilton/Barrie + London ctv2, TO + Kitchener CTV).

It also makes atsc3 mostly irrelevant in Canada even if they could restrict channels like tsn or movies to a subscription it still might not be allowed to be transmitted ota (my opinion). The broadcasters have little interest in upgrading for 4k and targeted ads and are working on their iptv services much more like Rogers igniteTV which has the same benefits + they sell you internet ontop.
 

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Any word about whether CHCH-TV-5 in Sault-Ste-Marie has been upgraded to a digital signal? Have their been any tests completed lately? According to Industry Canada, the digital transition for this Sault-Ste-Marie analog channel is supposed to be completed tomorrow (July 3, 2020).

I'm keeping an eye on what's happening elsewhere in Northern Ontario, as I'm anticipating the digital migration of CHCH-TV-6 and CKNY-TV (CTV) in my area sometime in November later this year.
 

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The response I received from ISED.
  • CHCH-TV-5 in Sault-Ste-Marie : temporary extension until July 13, 2020 on their current analog operation (spectrum licence issued by the district on July 3, 2020).
  • CHBX-TV in Sault-Ste-Marie: would like to continue analog operation past their transition date

  • CITO-TV-1 in Kapuskasing: would like to continue analog operation past their transition date

  • CHCH-TV-6 North Bay: Should transition as scheduled*
  • CKNY-TV in North Bay: Should transition as scheduled*

  • CHCH-TV-4 in Sudbury: Should transition as scheduled*
  • CICI-TV in Sudbury : would like to continue analog operation past their transition date

  • CHCH-TV-7 in Timmins : Should transition as scheduled*
  • CITO-TV in Timmins : would like to continue analog operation past their transition date
*no later than November 20, 2020
 
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