Shutdown of over-the-air analogue television
transmission — July 31, 2012

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:

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.

Shaw Direct’s Local Television Satellite Solution

If you’ve lost your over-the-air access to CBC or Radio-Canada because of this change, you may be eligible for the
Local Television Satellite Solution” program, which would allow you to continue to receive CBC/Radio-Canada’s signals, courtesy of Shaw Direct.

The program makes it possible for those who haven’t been a cable or satellite subscriber in the past 90 days to continue receiving the same or similar Canadian over-the-air channels they’ve always enjoyed. For more information, call 1-888-782-7602, or go to

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

Click here to learn more aboutCBC/Radio-Canada’s digital over-the-air coverage. Markets covered by CBC/Radio-Canada’s digital transmitters:

CBC (14)

  • Vancouver
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Winnipeg
  • Regina
  • Windsor
  • Toronto
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Saint John/Fredericton
  • Charlottetown
  • Halifax
  • St. John's
  • Yellowknife (available starting August 1st, 2012)

Radio-Canada (13)

  • Vancouver
  • Edmonton
  • Winnipeg
  • Regina
  • Toronto
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Sherbrooke
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Quebec City
  • Rimouski
  • Chicoutimi
  • Moncton

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.



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