| About CDTV
Canadian Digital Television is a not-for-profit Canadian television industry
organization dedicated to providing expert information on HDTV implementation in Canada.
Launched in May 1998, Canadian Digital Television (CDTV) was created
to guide the orderly migration to advanced digital television services by directing
research and testing, identifying and advising on policy, regulation and marketplace
issues and developing and monitoring the DTV transition plan for the industry.
A 1995 report of the Working Group on Canadian Programming and Private Television
submitted to Government stated that the entire television production and distribution
system is converting to digital technology. This report went on to identify the host of
new service opportunities made possible by digitization and called on the Federal
Government to set up a Digital Television Broadcasting Task Force to examine policy
requirements and develop a master plan to facilitate the transition from analogue to
The Government acted on the Consultative Committees
recommendation and in October of that year, established the Task Force Committee on the
Implementation of Digital Television. The overall mandate of the group was to provide
advice to the Minister of Canadian Heritage on the policy framework required for the
transition and to coordinate the implementation of Digital Television in Canada. The Task
Force met extensively over a 21 month period and came up with a strategic framework needed
to ensure that Canadians receive high quality digital television services in a competitive
marketplace and outlined the specific implementation steps required to guarantee a
A recommendation of the Task Force was to create a small
organization to facilitate problem solving, oversee the various steps that need to be
taken during the implementation process and, generally provide an on-going forum for all
those affected by the process to come together to mutual advantage.
In May 1998, CDTV was launched and designated as the central coordinator for industry and
government initiatives associated with the on-going processes of policy and technology
development and the implementation of digital television in Canada.
CDTV is governed by a Board of Directors which is representative of each membership class
to better reflect the views of our broad membership base.
Working groups and sub-committees consisting of CDTV members and government
representatives were formed to identify and address the issues necessary to a successful
DTV roll-out in Canada.
Our membership is the key driver behind the work accomplished by our committees and
working groups. Our main Working Groups are: Technical Working Group, Policy &
Regulation Working Group, Education and Communications Working Group and Production and
A number of sub-committees were also formed such as the transmitter committees, HD Program
Rights, Distribution Capacity Issues, Widescreen Issues, Website and consumer education,
Picture Quality Assessment to name just a few.
The Associations daily operations and activities are lead by the President, Mr.
Michael McEwen, who was Chair of the Ministers Task Force on the Implementation of
Digital Television in Canada.
CDTV members consist of broadcasters, pay & specialty networks, cable, satellite,
manufacturers, educational institutions, industry-related associations and production
companies. Government representatives as well as key retailers have also provided input
and contributed to the work of the association.
Our members include:
Broadcast Systems Equipment
Craig Broadcast Systems
Global Television Network
Novanet/MSC, A division of MSC Electronics
National Film Board
Pioneer Electronics of Canada, Inc.
Rohde & Schwarz
Ryerson Polytechnic University
Sony of Canada Ltd.
Thomson Consumer Electronics
Supporting members: CRC, CE BIZ, CAB, Industry Canada,
Canadian Heritage, Over Canada and Advanced Media Group.
For more information on our association please visit the website, or if you qualify for
CDTV membership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org