Digital television in Canada

Digital Television In Canada

Digital television in Canada

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Digital terrestrial television within Canada, also known as over-the-air television (OTA), is transmitted using the US ATSC standard. Because Canada and the United States, use the same standard and frequencies for channels, people near the Canada and US border can watch both countries' signals, if available. ATSC is also the standard used in Mexico and South Korea.

Jurisdiction over over-the-air broadcasting in Canada is primarily regulated by Industry Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Industry Canada has jurisdiction over the allotment of over-the-air spectrum and the CRTC has jurisdiction over the allotment of licences broadcast.

The CRTC has imposed in 28 mandatory markets, a digital transition deadline of August 31, 2011.

In anticipation of the transition, Industry Canada has already stopped issuing licenses within Canada for new television transmitters broadcasting in analog.


The digital television transition in Canada and the United States will result in spectrum on channels 52 to 69 being re-allocated for other purposes. The United States government already auctioned most of this spectrum and Canada is planning on doing the same. The United States government, using some proceeds of the spectrum action, funded an education campaign in advance of the transition, provided subsidies to many broadcasters in support of transitioning to digital, and provided subsidies to consumers for digital to analog converter...
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