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canuk
Digital TV (DTV)

In the recent months having conversations with people about the upcoming switch over to DTV made me realize how much confusion there still exists. It’s not the scope of this post to provide details on the technical aspects of DTV since there is plenty of information out there about that.

In the US the change to Digital Television (DTV) is scheduled for February 17,2009 and August 31,2011 in Canada.

What this means is that on those dates the television stations broadcasting free “ over-the air “ (OTA) signals are to switch off the analog channels and continue broadcasting with the free digital format.

This will not have any affect on cable or satellite subscribers.

Analog is the format that television broadcasting has been using since the beginning and the conventional television sets are designed to work with.
When the switch occurs to DTV a convertor will be required to decode the DTV signal in order to view on a regular TV set.

In other words you do not have to buy a new TV just a set top DTV box.

The antenna that may be currently used will still work perfectly fine with DTV … contrary to some marketing hype.

If the decision is made to purchase a new TV ensure that it has an ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) tuner. This is what is required for the DTV over-the-air (OTA) format.

Another misconception or confusion is that DTV automatically means that everything will be high definition HDTV …. that’s not true.

Here are a couple of very good links :

http://www.dtvanswers.com/

http://www.dtv.gov/

Hope this helps.:)

havanagranite
Re: Digital TV (DTV)

do they even have tv in canada??? I thought any canadians with a desire to be on tv came to the states:D

A. Spruce
Re: Digital TV (DTV)
havanagranite wrote:

do they even have tv in canada??? I thought any canadians with a desire to be on tv came to the states:D

Not only do they have TV, but they've got the best home improvement show on the planet, The Red Green Show ... :p;):D Just keep Red away from the case of duct tape. :eek:

havanagranite
Re: Digital TV (DTV)
A. Spruce wrote:

Not only do they have TV, but they've got the best home improvement show on the planet, The Red Green Show ... :p;):D Just keep Red away from the case of duct tape. :eek:

the red green show kind of the canadian version of this old house huh?:)

keith3267
Re: Digital TV (DTV)
A. Spruce wrote:

Not only do they have TV, but they've got the best home improvement show on the planet, The Red Green Show ... :p;):D Just keep Red away from the case of duct tape. :eek:

How do you keep Red away from the duck tape?

We only get to enjoy this show down here when the local PBS station is conducting one of their beg-a-thons. I love his little sayings.

"If it ain't broke, you haven't fixed it enough."

"If women can't find you handsome, then they should find you handy." (or something like that)

A. Spruce
Re: Digital TV (DTV)
havanagranite wrote:

the red green show kind of the canadian version of this old house huh?:)

Tommy is Red's evil twin. :D

keith3267 wrote:

How do you keep Red away from the duck tape?

You duct tape him to the Possum Lodge. :D

havanagranite
Re: Digital TV (DTV)
A. Spruce wrote:

Tommy is Red's evil twin. :D

You duct tape him to the Possum Lodge. :D

hey spruce is the character reds nephew based on canuk??:D

A. Spruce
Re: Digital TV (DTV)
havanagranite wrote:

hey spruce is the character reds nephew based on canuk??:D

Based on? That IS canuk! :p

havanagranite
Re: Digital TV (DTV)

hey canuk buuuudddy really it wasn't me that asked that question.. somebody must of hyjacked my computer:D yea thats it

canuk
Re: Digital TV (DTV)

LOL ... funny boys .... we just got electricity :p :D

The best part is I've never watched that show... eh? :D :p :p :D

BigWalt
Re: Digital TV (DTV)
canuk wrote:

LOL ... funny boys .... we just got electricity :p :D

Just got electricity....as in past tense....:eek:

Damn.....you must be living in stone age.:D

Don't tell me, you're using "smoke signal" internet service.:D

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