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cdtv_admin@cdtv.ca 01/09/2021
5:40 PM
HDTV has actually been on the air in Ottawa for some time from the CDTV experimental station on ch. 67, but the start of commercial services has yet to be defined. HDTV services are currently available in Ottawa from Rogers Cable and by satellite from ExpressVu and StarChoice.

There are many factors that affect the quality of a compressed video service but the quality of a program originated in HDTV and carried by any of these services is just amazing. Differences may be visible however in some up-converted programs.

andy@magma.com
04/04/2021
3:13 PM
Is the test transmitter in Manotick still operating? I have a new TV, with built in ATSC tuner, and Iíve been trying to pickup the test station, unsuccessfully. Iím just trying to figure out if itís the antenna, or lack of station.

If the station is still operating, is there any kind of schedule, or is it pretty much random testing? Thanks.

bertroid@rogers.com
01/24/2005
5:57 PM
Since my departure from the CDTV tech committee a little over 4 years ago, I must say I'm a little surprised that Canada hasn't ramped up a little faster for OTA coverage. Lagging the US was predictible, but I get the impression we are now 4-5 years behind them at least. Is there an anticipated trigger point where we'll see fast implementation of OTA broadcasting in Canada? i.e., % penetration for consumer HDTV's? availability of HD recording for the masses? commercial HD production/broadcast gear to drop more in price? more HDTV content (Canadian content)? What's taking so long? Are we content with the HD coverage provided by DTH and Cable providers? I noticed the large-market broadcasters are doing something (City, Global, CTV), but the market seems limited to Toronto. It would be nice to see at least one OTA broadcaster go HD in Ottawa. Lotsa questions, I know. It would be nice to hear from one or more of the members for your views. Cheers. Bert

cgorra@comcast.net
12/13/2004
11:46 AM
If you are interested in receiving HDTV signals on Channel 67 in Ottawa, I suggest a Channel Master 4228 8-bay UHF anyenna mounted on your roof and aimed at the transmitter in Manotick. depending where in OC you are, you many also be able to see WWTI-DT on digital channel 21, WPBS-DT on Channel 41 and WWNY-DT on channel 35 from Watertown, NY, and also WNPI-DT on channel 23 from Norwood, NY (Canton)

clare_amir@yahoo.com
12/07/2021
11:05 PM
Hi, I am trying to decide between buying an HDTV with built-in ATSC tuner or not, and I am not particularly interested in subscribing to Satellite or cable at this point - have there been any indications of timeframes for HDTV OTA in Ottawa region? The price difference seems to be around $600-800 right now - do you think it's worthwhile getting the built-in tuner if a) I wait for OTA, or b) I succumb and subscribe to Satellite... Thanks!

cdtv_admin@cdtv.ca
10/19/2004
4:08 PM
DoBoy@qc.aibn.com wrote on 2021/10/13

I wish to purchase the best antenna to receive hd signals in the Ottawa area.. I have a LG(zenith) 34" HDTV with atsc tuner and which to know what antenna would give me the best results? Was looking for a rooftop antenna so that i can get the best possible results.

Thanks for your help guys its much appreciated

Comment from Admin.

At present, the only ATSC HDTV signal receivable in Ottawa is that of the CDTV test transmitter at Manotick on ch.67. This is on the air intermittently with test pictures, but no continuing program service is offered. Information on suitable antennas is found in Terrestrial Broadcast and Reception, under Antennas. If you are in the city of close to the transmitter, an indoor antenna would give you good reception. Hence, if you would like HDTV now, the only solution is satellite, Bell ExpressVu or digital cable service from Rogers Cable. In the future, DTV OTA transmissions will become available in Ottawa, but the dates are still undecided.

hackinsat@hotmail.com
05/30/2004
9:37 PM
OTA HDTV should be superrior to what is packaged by Rogers, Shaw and Expressvu because they have more bandwith to play with. Cable and satellite have bandwidth concers to address, and because of this they receive the signal, convert to analog (componet) to route through their switching network, re-digitize, re-encode and recompress to suite their needs and bandwidth concerns. Only if the cable company took the original broadcast signal and passed it unmodified on the cable (for which you would not need a cable box, just an DTV compatable tv, would it be identical.

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