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Questions Abound As Digital TV Transition Deadline Arrives

Canada was scheduled to complete the digital television transition today, with stations switching their over-the-air broadcast signals from analog to digital. The transition represented a tremendous opportunity to advance the Canadian digital agenda leading to higher quality digital over-the-air broadcasts, freed-up spectrum that could be used to facilitate greater telecom competition, and the promise of billions in new revenues to fund a national digital strategy.

Yet despite the promise of the transition, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues the near-total absence of policy and political leadership has led to a digital disappointment. Some broadcasters will complete the transition on time, but the CBC has been granted a one-year delay. There has been minimal publicity about the change, which may leave some Canadians without television access by the end of the week. To make matters worse, the government has thus far failed to articulate a policy on how the freed-up spectrum will be auctioned and how the revenues will be allocated.

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August 31, 2011 10 comments Columns

Canadian Heritage Dropped Plans for Digital Transition Video Contest

Matthew Kupfer reports that Canadian Heritage developed plans for a video contest to increase public awareness of the forthcoming digital television transition. The plans were dropped after fears the contest might be viewed negatively.

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June 6, 2011 Comments are Disabled News

CRTC Issues Call for Comments on Digital TV Transition

The CRTC has issued a call for comments on the regulations associated with the digital television transition. The regulations include required public service announcements and information posted on broadcaster websites.  The transition is currently set for August 31, 2011.  The deadline for comments is January 11, 2011.

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December 14, 2010 2 comments News

Digital TV Transition Opens Door to “WiFI on Steriods”

As noted in last week's column, Canada finds itself lagging more than two years behind the United States in the transition from analog to digital television broadcasting, a process that could leave millions of Canadians without access to over-the-air television signals.  While the elimination of "free TV" would spark outrage in many communities, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) the most harmful effect of the slow migration will be felt in the competitiveness of Canadian telecommunications, not broadcasting.  

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February 24, 2009 6 comments Columns

Blurry Outlook for Canadian Digital TV Transition

Appeared in the Toronto Star on February 16, 2009 as Details of Transition to Digital TV a Little Blurry Starting this week, hundreds of U.S. television stations plan to shut down their analog broadcasts as they complete the transition to digital over-the-air broadcasts.  While the U.S. had planned for a […]

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February 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive