You’ve likely started to see public service announcements (PSAs) about the upcoming Digital TV (DTV) transition taking place on August 31, 2011. Rogers TV customers will not be impacted by the DTV transition.
What is the DTV transition?
The Digital TV (DTV) transition is when over-the-air (OTA) television broadcasters in most Canadian cities will make the change from analog broadcast signals to digital signals. OTA television are those stations that viewers can watch via antenna (like Citytv, OMNI and CBC).
How will this impact me?
If you are a Rogers TV customer – whether analog or digital – the DTV transition will not affect you. You will retain your current channels and you will not require any new hardware due to the transition.
The only situation where you might be impacted is if you have multiple TVs and not all are connected to cable. For instance, if you are using an antenna or rabbit ears to receive TV programming on one of your televisions, you could lose the ability to watch TV the way you are used to on that one television set. One easy option is to add extra outlets on the set that was previously using antenna. This feature is available with your Rogers cable TV service.
Alternatively, to continue to receive OTA programming, you can purchase a digital-to-analog (DTA) converter box and combined VHF/UHF antenna or you can purchase a TV with a digital tuner and combined VHF/UHF antenna.
If all your TV’s are on antennas or rabbit ears, you can either purchase a DTA converter box or subscribe to a TV service provider like Rogers in order to receive analog or digital cable TV.
Why the switch?
The transition is a government mandate. The government’s DTV transition site states: “Digital signals provide better picture and sound and take up less airwave space. The freed up space will be used for other purposes like advanced wireless and public safety services, such as those used by police and fire departments.”
You will be hearing more from us over the coming months about the DTV transition. For more information please see our DTV Transition information page or take a look at the public service announcement below:
Sarah Daly is a regular contributor to RedBoard