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.

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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.

What TV Channels are available ??

                      Channel                Location                    Station

Smithers              5                Tyhee Mountain         CBC/ TK7

 & Telkwa            10                Hudson Bay Mt.          Global BC

                          13                Tyhee Mountain          CTVBC

                         20                 Hudson Bay Mt.       Knowledge

                           31                 Tyhee Mountain        Knowledge

Houston              2                     Mt. Harry Davis       Off the Air

                                              Mt. Harry Davis        Global BC

                          18                    Mt. Harry Davis        Knowledge

Topley                                    Downtown Topley     Knowledge

                          11                    Downtown Topley     Global BC

We also provide CBC Radio Two on 88.1 in the Smithers-Telkwa area and 104.7 in the Houston area.

Where are my free TV channels going ???      You have probably seen all those  FOREBODING ADS lately, warning that Free Analog TV is going to disappear from Canadian TV screens and that you need to subscribe to cable or satellite TV  !!!!!!!    RELAX !    Nothing could be further from the truth !     The channels you have been watching for many years will continue to be there for you to enjoy for many years to come.

The only areas being forced to change to Digital are major metropolitan areas.   A number of broadcasters in other areas are voluntarily switching to take advantage of some of the technological benefits. ie.  more channels and or HDTV.

All of the TV channels being broadcast in the Topley-Houston-Smithers area will remain unchanged and available for FREE to everyone in this area.

You can learn more about Digital TV and local  TV and radio channels by checking the links on the right.

Also,  you can read a FAQ on Digital TV provided by the CRTC.

You are also welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Houston-Smithers Rebroadcasting Society,  if you have more questions.   We will be discussing this issue at the meeting.

2011  AGM  –  Thursday – August 11th – 7:30 PM  –  Old Church – First & King  -Smithers

 

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