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.

2015 Annual General Meeting

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)

7:30 PM

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


2013 Annual General Meeting

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.

Attention – Topley TV Viewers !

This is important news for all Topley TV viewers.    If you watch Channel 6 – Knowledge Network or Channel 11 – Global TV,    please read the rest of this post.

The continued operation of these channels is under review and we need to know how many people are watching these channels.   If there is insufficient interest, it is likely the channels will no longer be available to Topley viewers !

Please fill out the comment form below to let us know you want to keep these channels !

Or you may phone me ( Richard ) at 250-847-2838 and leave a message.      You can also contact me if you have any other questions or comments.

P.S.   If funding permits and there is enough interest we would like to switch to  digital, so that we may provide additional channels.


2012 Annual General Meeting

Houston-Smithers Rebroadcasting Society will be holding its 2012 Annual General Meeting  in August.

2012 AGM

Houston-Smithers Rebroadcasting Society

Monday -August 27th – 2012

7:30 Pm

Old Church – Corner of King St &  First Ave.



Everyone is welcome.   One of the main topics will be the upcoming review, by the Regional District, of the TV rebroadcasting function in the Regional District.    This could determine whether you will be able to receive any free Over-the-Air TV channels in the future.

Another item up for discussion will be the possibility of adding additional channels by going to a digital format.     Only one channel in each area would be digital and all channels would remain free.   The only requirement would be a TV purchased in the last 5 years or the one-time purchase of a decoder.


Annual General Meeting

Houston – Smithers Rebroadcasting Society

Thursday  – August 11th  –  7:30 PM

Old Church – First & King  – Smithers.

Phone: 250-847-2838      email:

Everyone is welcome !

Come and see what is happening to your

local tv channels.

I was going to write a couple of posts about the different types of TV antennas available, but I have come across  a webage (OTA FAQ ) that should contain all the information you need to help you decide to stay with your current TV antenna or whether you need a new one.

If you find any of the information confusing you can always email me with your questions and I will do my best to answer them.


We  currently broadcast 3 Canadian TV Networks in the Topley -Houston-Telkwa-Smithers area.

These are Global BC, CTV BC,  Knowledge Network.   CBC (CFTK/TV7) is also available.

Most  Knowledge Network channels are on UHF  (  Channels  18, 20, 31 ).

The remainder of the channels are broadcast on VHF.

A list of the transmitter locations is located here.  Local TV Stations

A good tool for finding which direction to point your antenna is located at a website called TVFOOL.

Don’t let the name fool you, this website will provide all the information you need to find the stations you should be able to pick up at your home !  Give it a try.

The push to switch

to Digital TV in Canada has actually been underway for about 4 years; ever since the US began switching to Digital TV.      In the US, the decision to switch to Digital was made for several reasons.

  • To enable broadcasters to broadcast in HDTV
  • To allow broadcasters to broadcast more than one channel at a time
  • To reverse the decline in TV sales
  • To free up broadcast spectrum for other telecommunication services, which could be auctioned off by the US government.   Many stations were forced to switch from VHF channels to UHF channels.
  • The switch would also eliminate snowy TV pictures; like satellite TV, you either get a good signal or you don’t.

Because of  previous US – Canada agreements, Canada was forced to follow the Americans to prevent chaos along the border for TV viewers.     Failure to do so, would likely have resulted in severe interference problems for Canadian stations located in the VHF band and near the US – Canada border.

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