The goal of Dude, Where’s My TV? is to provide Canadian citizens with a platform to voice their thoughts, findings, concerns and solutions related to Canada’s ongoing digital over-the-air (OTA) television transition. This blog was launched in May, 2010 as part of a directed research course supervised by Dr. Michael Murphy at Ryerson University.
I’ve taken to addressing my posts to Minister James Moore since he is the Minister in charge of Canada’s digital television transition. I’ve yet to hear back from him. To be fair, it is possible that he doesn’t know this blog exists.
After August 31, 2011, most analogue OTA TV signals in major Canadian markets were shut off indefinitely, as required by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Canadian television viewers without cable, satellite, mobile or Internet access to their “TV” (for reasons related to cost, availability, or simply on principle) now have to rely on the availability of digital OTA TV signals to watch television.
Unfortunately, new digital OTA television signals do not match previous analogue OTA television signal footprints (the TV signals being sent out over the air by operational digital television transmitters are not strong enough to reach across Canada). As a result, many Canadians have been left without any OTA television since September 1, 2011.
Although broadcasters are allowed by the CRTC to continue to broadcast in analogue in most rural and remote areas of Canada after the switch, it is unclear how long they will do so and when, if ever, all Canadians will be able to benefit from the digital transition. CBC/Radio-Canada and TVO have already advised that they will be shutting down their remaining analogue transmitters after July 31, 2012.
PwC reports that 9.9% of Canadian households rely on OTA signals to access their TV (over 3 million Canadians).
How You Can Help
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To view and respond to interviews with OTA TV viewers in Ontario, please visit the Ontario Video page.
If you are a Canadian OTA TV viewer and would like to be interviewed for this project, please contact me via the e-mail or Twitter.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Steven James May