TVO To End Over-The-Air Telecasting Outside Of Toronto

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    Joseph_Gallant
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    Television Ontario (TVO), the educational TV network owned by the Provence of Ontario, will cease over-the-air telecasting on July 31st outside of Toronto. This will result in the shutdown of eight out of the network’s nine transmitters. The network cites financial problems.

    The network will still be seen on cable and satellite systems province-wide.

    Given that about 25% of Canada’s total population lives within 50 miles of Toronto (and within the signal area of flagship CICA-19), most Ontarians will still get the network over-the-air. But for viewers outside of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), they could be out of luck.

    Ottawa Citizen story:

    http://ottawacitizen.com/business/local-business/tvo-to-end-over-the-air-broadcast-signals-for-every-ontario-city-except-toronto .

    TVO press release announcing their decision:

    http://tvo.org/article/about/tvos-decision-to-decommission-over-the-air-transmitters- .

    A Metro News.ca article which reports on efforts in Ottawa by residents to try to keep the TVO transmitter there on-the-air:

    http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2017/02/05/ottawa-residents-organizing-to-save-local-tvo-broadcast.html .

    According to their website, TVO (like PBS member stations here in the ‘States) solicits donations from viewers.

    #172184
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    Charles Everett
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    Here we go again! Streaming = Bad. Cable/Satellite = Bad. OTA = Good. Such is the backward thinking seen too often on message boards.

    Myth: “The network cites financial problems.”

    Fact: TVO is scaling back terrestrial operations to reduce costs. CBC and Radio-Canada did the same thing 5 years ago. So did TFO, the French equivalent to TVO.

    Myth: “Given that about 25% of Canada’s total population lives within 50 miles of Toronto (and within the signal area of flagship CICA-19), most Ontarians will still get the network over-the-air.”

    Fact: Only 1% of viewers in Ontario will be affected, according to a statement on the TVO website:

    http://tvo.org/article/about/tvo-decommissions-8-over-the-air-transmitters

    Myth: “But for viewers outside of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), they could be out of luck.”

    Fact: Over 90% of Canadians get their TV via cable, satellite, or streaming. That is as good an incentive to scale back OTA operations. TVO will retain its Toronto transmitter to comply with its CRTC license.

    As for those in Ottawa who want to “Save Our Free TV”? They’ll give up when they realize how expensive it is to maintain a TV transmitter.

    #172185
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    Here we go again! Streaming = Bad. Cable/Satellite = Bad. OTA = Good. Such is the backward thinking seen too often on message boards.
    Myth: “The network cites financial problems.”
    Fact: TVO is scaling back terrestrial operations to reduce costs. CBC and Radio-Canada did the same thing 5 years ago. So did TFO, the French equivalent to TVO.
    Myth: “Given that about 25% of Canada’s total population lives within 50 miles of Toronto (and within the signal area of flagship CICA-19), most Ontarians will still get the network over-the-air.”
    Fact: Only 1% of viewers in Ontario will be affected, according to a statement on the TVO website:
    http://tvo.org/article/about/tvo-decommissions-8-over-the-air-transmitters
    Myth: “But for viewers outside of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), they could be out of luck.”
    Fact: Over 90% of Canadians get their TV via cable, satellite, or streaming. That is as good an incentive to scale back OTA operations. TVO will retain its Toronto transmitter to comply with its CRTC license.
    As for those in Ottawa who want to “Save Our Free TV”? They’ll give up when they realize how expensive it is to maintain a TV transmitter.

    Charles, either way you look at this, it’s not good. For many people, TVO is basically saying that you need to pay for cable/satellite or high-speed internet to watch their programming. And the cable/satellite companies are increasing their rates faster than inflation. The “less than one per cent” comment on the link is misleading, because it assumes that people will just watch their programming over the internet. Most people won’t or don’t even have access to high-speed internet in their rural location. TVO is just trying to polish a turd by saying that.

    #172188
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    mimo
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    I know people in Ottawa who only watch TVO.  They don’t have cable and would not pay for it just for the one channel.

    #172196
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    Crazy Monkey
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    My family has a cottage on a lake in rural Ontario, and when TVO goes away, we’ll never see it again. We used to watch TVO on their analog channel 38 transmitter from Kingston, then that went away. Their DTV transmitter from Ottawa (channel 24) was receivable about 50% of the time, typically in the morning and evenings in the summer. But that is now going way, and high speed internet is not available. So bye-bye TVO. The Canadians may as well just get rid of OTA TV and AM radio altogether… they’re already well on their way.

    #172602
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    Charles Everett
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    Following a public outcry, TVO has flip-flopped and will keep all of its OTA transmitters on the air. TVO was able to obtain $1 million in additional funding from the Ontario provincial government to cover the costs.

    Statement from the network’s chief executive: http://tvo.org/blog/about/ceo-blog/tvos-8-over-the-air-transmitters-will-continue-to-send-signals

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