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Old 07-11-2011, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was over at a friends on the weekend and he mentioned that analog TV cable will be totally unavailable pretty soon (matter of a month or so). Anyone else hear about this?

Basically this mean you will need to have a digital box to get any kind of cable signal.

I would figure now that if you have more than one TV, you will need to rent out a digital box for all of the extra TVs you will want to use - which sucks as before you could get away with at least having most regular cable channels on the TV that was just hooked up to the wall.

Does anyone know of a way around having to rent multiple digital boxes to get a signal to multiple tvs using just one digital box?
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There have been commercials about it for 2-3yrs, saw one a couple nights ago. To answer your question, i don't think there is anyway around it without a cable box, not 100% sure though. I'm surprised it took this long, i had heard it was going to happen in 2010. I don't think i even know anyone that has an analog TV other then my 81yr old grandmother.
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There have been commercials about it for 2-3yrs, saw one a couple nights ago. To answer your question, i don't think there is anyway around it without a cable box, not 100% sure though. I'm surprised it took this long, i had heard it was going to happen in 2010. I don't think i even know anyone that has an analog TV other then my 81yr old grandmother.
I know lots of people that don't have a digital box, but just use regular cable.

For my friends and family that do have digital cable i don't know anyone that has more than one digital box if they have multiple tvs... so they are also relying on analog cable as well.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It just means that people who rely on an antenna for "over the air" TV probably won't be able to get it free anymore. They'll have to get some form of cable or satellite.
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It just means that people who rely on an antenna for "over the air" TV probably won't be able to get it free anymore. They'll have to get some form of cable or satellite.
Are you saying it has nothing to do with cable, but only to do with old school antennas?
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Digital terrestrial television within Canada, also known as over-the-air television (OTA), is transmitted using the US ATSC standard. Because Canada and the United States, use the same standard and frequencies for channels, people near the Canada and US border can watch both countries' signals, if available. ATSC is also the standard used in Mexico and South Korea.

Jurisdiction over over-the-air broadcasting in Canada is primarily regulated by Industry Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Industry Canada has jurisdiction over the allotment of over-the-air spectrum and the CRTC has jurisdiction over the allotment of licences broadcast.

The CRTC has imposed in 28 mandatory markets, a digital transition deadline of August 31, 2011.

In anticipation of the transition, Industry Canada has already stopped issuing licenses within Canada for new television transmitters broadcasting in analog.
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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) initially decided not to enforce a single date for ending analog broadcasts, opting to let market forces decide when the switchover will occur.[9] It subsequently reversed its position, on May 17, 2007,[10] setting an analogue shutoff date of August 31, 2011,[11] just over two years after the American transition date of June 12, 2009. Note that the transition deadline only concerns over-the-air signals and does not impact other televisions reception methods in Canada such as over the internet (already digital), cable (some analog, some digital), or satellite (already digital).

On July 6, 2009, the CRTC issued a decision[12] that limited the required digital conversion to mandatory markets meeting any of the following criteria:

the National Capital Region, provincial capitals, and territorial capitals
markets served by multiple originating stations (including CBC stations)
markets with populations greater than 300,000.
On March 14, 2011, the CRTC removed territorial capitals as mandatory markets on the basis that these are small and remote markets, and that only 1 of the 6 transmitters in these markets were planned to be converted to digital, while the remainder of the transmitters would be shut down rather than converted.[13]

Mandatory markets with a transmitter that does not transition to digital by the deadline will lose the over-the-air signal for the corresponding station permanently or until a digital transmitter is brought on-the-air for that station in that area.

On March 18, 2011, the CRTC mandated a requirement that television stations must broadcast public service announcements regarding the digital over-the-air television transition from May 1, 2011 until August 31, 2011.[14] Stations must broadcast these ads 6 times a day, and increase this to 8 times a day starting August 1, 2011 or one month before the digital transition date for that station, whichever is sooner. Also by May 1, 2011, broadcasters must post on their websites about the broadcasters' specific plans for digital transition.



In addition, full-power transmitters occupying channels 52 to 69 in non-mandatory markets are required to vacate those channels by August 31, 2011 and are permitted to move to another channel in analog or digital, as part of a spectrum re-allocation.[15] There are 17 of such transmitters across Canada:

5 transmitters (3 TVO, 1 CTV, 1 independent) are being transitioned to digital as part of the change in channel.
8 transmitters, all owned by CBC, are to remain in analog, but either on a different channel or at reduced transmission power to re-classify as a low power transmitter.
4 transmitters (1 Miracle Channel, 1 Global, 1 CBC, 1 SRC), though in the case of the Global transmitter, signal will be maintained by another transmitter that will have its signal range expanded.

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Are you saying it has nothing to do with cable, but only to do with old school antennas?
Yes, that's what I'm saying.
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my friend bought an HD antenna a little while ago to hook up to the TV in his garage/mancave...... gets about 30 channels.... perfect for watching the hockey game.
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my friend bought an HD antenna a little while ago to hook up to the TV in his garage/mancave...... gets about 30 channels.... perfect for watching the hockey game.
i've heard people say this is MUCH better HD than thru cable...don't know if that's true though
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my father in law has two tvs with multiple vcrs and dvds hooked up to each. When he got a new tv to replace one of the old ones recently, he asked me to make all the connections for him, and it had been so long since I had been able to use analog cable that it was too much for my brain. He is not going to be happy if he can't have one vcr taping one thing, the other one taping something else, while he watches another channel entirely.
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i've heard people say this is MUCH better HD than thru cable...don't know if that's true though
i have an old rabit ear antenna that lets me pick up some 10 HD channels and the picture is amazing.
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i have an old rabit ear antenna that lets me pick up some 10 HD channels and the picture is amazing.
rabbit ears? Wow brings back memories. lol


I remember growing up and having some kind of cable box fandangle, it had some sort of dial. Forget what it was called.

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