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Many Canadians Unprepared for 2011 Digital TV Transition

10:44 am on July 16, 2010 | Category: Regulation, Telecom Services, Television


As many as 875,000 Canadian households are not prepared for the country’s impending switch to digital television, according to Canada’s broadcasting regulator, the CRTC.

Viewers who don’t have cable or satellite, but watch free TV using “rabbit ears” antennae, will have to buy digital converter boxes before the change takes effect on August 31, 2011. These devices can cost up to $75 for each TV in the home, according to the CRTC.

“If you receive your signal by cable, satellite or another TV service, the switch to digital will not affect you,” the CRTC assures on its website.

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