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Some of you may be interested in attending:

Date March 8, 2011

Topic Canada's Terrestrial Television Digital Switchover

Time And Location Rogers Communications Centre
6:30 pm. Ryerson University – 80 Gould Street

Status All Welcome

Topic: Canada’s ATSC Changeover
Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rogers Communications Centre
Eaton Theatre, Ryerson University
80 Gould Street, Toronto
Arranged By: Reid Robertson and Paul Briscoe


On August 31st, 2011, Canadian broadcasters will cease analog Television transmission in major
markets. This transition to digital transmission has been mandated by the Federal government.
Tonight, we will look at the challenges faced by broadcasters to comply with the regulations.

Jerry Whitaker, Vice President for Standards Development, ATSC, Washington, D.C.
An Update on Current ATSC Activities and Future Directions. This presentation will
provide an overview of current projects within the ATSC, focusing on areas specifically
intended to expand the features and services available to consumers. Efforts to chart the
future of digital television will also be outlined.

Erika Kramer, VP Distribution Services for TVO. Erika will share TVO’s digital-overthe-air transition plans, and provide some insights to the challenges and opportunities
associated with making the transition.

Martin Marcotte, Director, CBC Transmission. Martin will provide an overview of the
CBC’s approach to the DTV Regulatory Framework. He will discuss the CBC-SRC DTV
transmitter plan and DTV roll out schedule; DTV Spectrum Allocations; Mobile DTV; and
also DTV Satellite Distribution.

Jay Adrick, VP Broadcast Technology at Harris Corporation. Jay will update us on
mobile DTV in the US, including the rollout of 3 different networks plus multiple business
models. He will also provide a short discussion on the overall digital rollout in the US,
citing some of the lessons learned, and how they might apply to the Canadian DTV rollout.

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Martin Marcotte, Director, CBC Transmission speaking now. Federal government already been blamed for funding. (but they said they wouldn't spend it on OTA anyway :rolleyes:)

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
The webcast is now available. The speakers present in the order on the meeting notice. TVO starts at about the 1 hour mark. CBC starts at about 1 hour, 15 minutes mark. The entire webcast is about 2.5 hours long.
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