OTA Update: As of December 2012, we have just received the corporate go-ahead for the capital purchase of OTA digital transmitters in Peterborough and Kingston. There are site surveys to be done, installations, and modified fibre feeds linking the transmitter sites, but we should be HD OTA by early spring 2013. 16:9, and full HD for our news program productions will commence down the road, and will depend on other upgrades.
Well, I gather CTV is already broadcasting digitally in Peterborough (CFTO-DT-54) and TVO shut theirs down, so I don't know what dominoes are left after CIII-DT-27 and CHEX.[ read on the forum (forgot where exactly) that GLOBAL Peterborough is going or has gone digital ? The various broadcasters may start to go now, like dominos ... with time. Watch the action soon / now... hopefully.]
CHEX and CKWS are supposed to convert soon. I wouldn't hold my breath for CTV Deseronto on 6. Never heard of a CTV2 repeater for Peterborough, only for Hamilton and Fonthill, which are already in service.Well, I gather CTV is already broadcasting digitally in Peterborough (CFTO-DT-54) and TVO shut theirs down, so I don't know what dominoes are left after CIII-DT-27 and CHEX.
Also, I thought I read somewhere that Bell was to put a CKVR repeater in Peterborough. Did that ever happen? TVFool doesn't have any mention of it.
They also use them as bargaining chips with the CRTC. Bell threatens they'll be forced to shut them down whenever the CRTC rules against them.... they don't really care to much about OTA, using it only to get simsub rights
Brighton is definitely CKWS. CKWS has repeaters in:I believe the Brighten transmitter is CHEX not CKWS.
As for Smith's Falls and Prescott, as I said earlier, they are not on the radar as they serve a very small population and it is difficult to justify the expense of the upgrade.
More to the point, the Smiths Falls transmitter, and to a lesser extent the Prescott one, were installed to combat co-channel interference with channel 11 from Herberts Corners. Were CKWS to convert to digital on channel, likely they would cover Perth and Smiths Falls from Kingston anyway. (At least for rural viewers with outdoor VHF antennas, anyway.)As for Smith's Falls and Prescott, as I said earlier, they are not on the radar as they serve a very small population and it is difficult to justify the expense of the upgrade.
I agree, and I suspect that is why Bancroft is the only Ontario Global transmitter that has yet to apply for a digital license.CIII-TV-2 in Bancroft is a real problem. There is no way they will get anywhere near the same coverage with DTV that they are getting in analog on channel 2. They may have more success getting CKWS to not object to them adding a Kingston transmitter with the close political ties between the two owners (Shaw and Corus), so that should help (they may even let them use their tower). If they were thinking it is also possible that they bought the old SRC/TVO tower (not sure if it was for sale).
I'm not aware of any RF 14 in Syracuse.I agree, and I suspect that is why Bancroft is the only Ontario Global transmitter that has yet to apply for a digital license.
Putting up something on CTV's tower in Pembroke and either the Corus or CBC Tower in Kingston makes more sense. Another alternative would be the Foymount tower formerly used for CBC-TV, but the problem there might be getting a good frequency allocation, since the 14 allocation was moved from there to Ottawa. (And 14 wouldn't work in Kingston because of Syracuse's 14, anyway.)
RF51 is under moratorium in the US as it interferes with LTE services in the 700MHz band. Existing license holders can continue to operate, but no new licenses will be granted for that channel. I haven't heard if IC has the same moratorium, but they may not allow its use for the same reason.RF50 and RF51 also seem like good choices.
My bad, I was confusing Brighton and Bancroft.Brighton is definitely CKWS.
Agreed. The increased coverage provided by CIII-DT-6 after it moves to 14 may also help. I am sure they are investigating all the possibilities and feeling out the CRTC to see if they will allow such a change.Putting up something on CTV's tower in Pembroke and either the Corus or CBC Tower in Kingston makes more sense.