CBC HD Re: WNSH to 50kw, WPEP goes away

Kevin Vahey kvahey@tmail.com
Mon Nov 24 00:40:12 EST 2003

Last night's Hockey Night in Canada was the first major event produced 
in the country in HDTV. (With the truck coming from New Hampshire)

I agree with Scott, the approach of going thru 3 parties to deliver the 
signal makes far more sense as consumers investing in the equipment will 
almost certainly go either cable or satellite for programming.

On Mon, 24 Nov 2003 12:27am, Scott Fybush wrote:
> At 09:19 PM 11/23/2003 -0800, Kevin Vahey wrote:
>> BTW noticed CBC started HDTV Saturday night but from website it looked 
>> like you needed a third party provider. Do they not have over the air 
>> DT yet?
> The CBC doesn't, yet. The CRTC and Industry Canada are taking a 
> hands-off approach to Canada's DTV transition - they've adopted the US 
> ATSC standards and allocated channels for DTV use in each market, but 
> there's no requirement that stations build out their DTV facilities nor 
> any sunset deadline for turning off analog service. Thus far, only 
> Toronto's independent CITY-TV has built a DTV facility (low power on 
> channel 53), and a few applications are pending in Toronto (CBC, CTV) 
> and one or two other large markets.
> The betting line in Canada is that most viewers will get their 
> digital/HD service via either satellite or digital cable. Both of the 
> satellite providers (Bell ExpressVu and Star Choice) offer the Boston 
> and Seattle DTV channels (yes, that's right - people in Whitehorse can 
> get WBZ-DT by satellite, but not people in Walpole) as well as some 
> Canadian HD content. I'm pretty sure the US DTV channels are available 
> on digital cable as well in many parts of Canada.
> Would that our video providers and regulators were this enlightened...
> s

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