CBC/Radio-Canada has turned a key page in its history by phasing out its analogue television service on July 31, 2012.
Check our CBC/Radio-Canada’s online technology magazine SYNC for a full retrospective of over-the-air-analogue transmission in Canada.
Are you affected?
If you use an antenna to watch television and receive an analogue signal from CBC Television or Télévision de Radio-Canada, then you need to change how you receive our TV services.
FEWER THAN 2% of Canadians are affected by the shutdown of our analogue system. Over 98% of Canadians continue to receive their CBC and/or Radio-Canada television signal the same way they do today:
- Digital over-the-air
Click here for a list of the 607 analogue transmitters that have been decommissioned across Canada.
What options do those affected have?
CBC/Radio-Canada’s television services are now available in your area through some or all of the following alternatives: cable, satellite or high-speed internet.
Depending on location, some people still using an analogue antenna may be able to receive a signal from one of our 27 digital transmitters with the purchase of a digital converter box
- Saint John/Fredericton
- St. John's
- Yellowknife (available starting August 1st, 2012)
- Quebec City
Visit our DTV website for more details
Why the change?
Analogue over-the-air television technology has been in decline for years. It is now virtually obsolete. Very few Canadians still use “rabbit-ear” to watch TV. CBC/Radio-Canada has been aware of this decline for some time, but had originally planned to continue broadcasting in analogue beyond the current year.
However, the acceleration of the shut-down is one of the measures announced by the Corporation to deal with the recent reduction in its parliamentary appropriation. The move will save $10 million a year, money that the Corporation will be able to put into programming.
Continuing to operate 607 transmitters to reach just 1.7 percent of the population would not be an efficient use of our resources at the best of times, and it is simply not viable given the current circumstances.
CBC/Radio-Canada apologizes for any inconvenience this change may cause.