We are currently experiencing technical problems with the Channel 18 – Knowledge Network Channel in Houston. We have been forced to remove it temporarily from service, while we do repairs. I hope to have Channel 18 back on the air by Friday – March 17th.
Thank you for your patience.
At this time we are experiencing severe problems with our TV and Radio signals in the Smithers, Telkwa and Topley areas. These problems are being caused by the unseasonable weather conditions we are currently experiencing. While it is raining in the valley, the mountains are experiencing a mixture of rain and wet snow. Our transmitters and satellite dishes are located, for the most part, on top of mountains. As a result, our dishes are getting coated with a combination of ice and wet snow. This accumulation of wet snow is great at absorbing the relative weak satellite signals, which are already being attenuated by the moisture in the atmosphere. There is little we can do to improve the situation until weather conditions become more seasonable.
Please bear with us and we will do our best to return our signals to normal operation as soon as possible.
The 2016 AGM of the Houston Smithers Rebroadcasting Society will be held on Wednesday – Sept. 7th 2016 - at 7:30 PM.
It will be held at the OLD CHURCH PROJECT in Smithers ( located at the corner of KING STREET and FIRST AVENUE).
All members of the public are welcome to attend. There will be refreshments available.
We are currently experiencing problems with our new digital channels. The rain fade problem has turned out to be more of a problem than expected. We are working on improving the situation over the next few weeks. In the meantime you may notice that some digital channels are in a different format and the temporary replacement of the Discovery and Family Channels.
The purpose of these changes is to achieve stable signals until we can install new equipment to ensure reliable reception of all channels.
Please bear with us while we work to improve reception .
Good news. Channel 10 ( Global BC ) on Hudson Bay Mountain is finally back on the air. The repaired transmitter was received back from ( Technalogix in Red Deer, Alberta ) on Saturday and was put back into operation the same day.
Our Channel 10 ( Global TV ) on Hudson Bay Mountain has decided to take an unscheduled vacation. The transmitter has suffered a major breakdown in the final amplifier and had to be sent back to the Manufacturer in Red Deer for repairs. I am hoping to have it back on the air in the coming week.
Channel 20 is now a full time digital channel with 4 separate TV channels!
We are currently broadcasting : Knowledge Network, Discovery Channel, Family Channel and CBC Vancouver. If you only see snow when you tune to channel 20, please read this article on how to get our new digital channels.
Feel free to let us know if you have any trouble getting these new channels or if you would like to comment on the individual stations we are currently broadcasting.
The annual general meeting for the Rebroadcast Society will be held
September 16, 2015
The Old Church Project – Smithers ( corner of King and First Avenue)
Refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome.
The main item of discussion will be the new TV channels to be introduced this year. Channel 20 – Knowledge Network will switch to a digital signal, in order to allow the addition of more channels.
If you have a favorite channel, let us know.
We will be providing more information about what is coming and what Smithers viewers will need to know, to receive these new channels.
You can contact us via this website or by calling : 250-847-2838
We have received the results of the TV viewer Survey conducted by the Regional District. First of all, I would like to thank all of our viewers who took the time to complete this survey. This was very important to the continuation of this service and its funding by the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako.
An overwhelming majority ( 89 per cent ) indicated that they wanted to continue supporting the Rebroadcasting Society. This indicates that a large number of people still value free Over-The-Air TV channels ( tv channels received with an old fashioned TV antenna ) and want to continue to have an alternative to paid TV services.
There is also an appetite for additional channels. The overwhelming top two choices were The Discovery Channel and the History Channel. In order to provide additional channels we would be forced to switch at least one channel in each community to a digital format. No fear, this would NOT be a paid service like cable or satellite !
If we do broadcast a digital channel, it will still be free, but may require different equipment to receive. If your tv is less than 5 years old, you already have what you need to receive digital channels. If your tv is a flat panel type LCD TV, then you are also ready to receive these channels. If you have an older CRT type TV, then you will need either a convertor box ( about $70 or less ) or a new LCD Tv.
We will be providing more information over the coming months about the possibility of broadcasting digital channels. There is also more information on this website about the benefits of going digital.
You can always contact me via the contact form or by phone, if you need more information about any of our services.