Dear Minister Moore,
Next week will be a big one for TVO.
The Ontario provincial educational broadcaster will be “live-cutting” from analogue to digital in nine of its television markets.
While other Canadian broadcasters started (low power) digital over-the-air (OTA) broadcasting more than a year ago, in order to work out the kinks prior to switching off their analogue broadcasts, TVO decided to wait until next week to start broadcasting in digital.
TVO has noted that they could not afford to start digital OTA broadcasts any earlier than next week.
Seems to me that the Province of Ontario, specifically the Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky, should have granted TVO the funds required to start DTV broadcasts earlier than next week.
Why didn’t she?
Did TVO even ask? If not, why not?
The residents of Ontario deserve an answer.
In the meantime, here’s TVO’s DTV transition schedule for next week (source: gopublic.org):
“In London, Kitchener, Ottawa and Thunder Bay, TVO will cease analog transmission at 1 am and begin digital transmission at 6 am on Tuesday August 16 on the following channels:
London: digital channel 18
Kitchener: digital channel 28
Ottawa: digital channel 24
Thunder Bay: digital channel 9
In Windsor, Chatham, Toronto, Belleville and Cloyne, TVO will cease analog transmission at 1 am and begin digital transmission at 6 am on Thursday August 18 on the following channels:
Windsor: digital channel 32
Chatham: digital channel 33
Toronto: digital channel 19
Belleville: digital channel 26
Cloyne: digital channel 44″
While I am very excited to see TVO in DTV, I am also a bit nervous for them.
Hoping for the best,