CBC shuts down all analog transmitters

Central Albertan CBC television viewers who received the signal through antennas will notice they have lost service recently.

Central Albertan CBC television viewers who received the signal through antennas will notice they have lost service recently.

As a cost-saving move, CBC/Radio-Canada shut down all of its analog transmitters across Canada. Nationwide, 607 transmitters were shut down, including Red Deer and Coronation in Central Alberta, as of July 31.

The measure announced in April will save the corporation $10 million annually, said CBC spokesman Angus McKinnon, in an email.

Only about two per cent of viewers were affected by the change.

McKinnon says there are no plans to replace the transmitter with a digital version, meaning those using antennas need to find an alternative, including cable, satellite or high-speed Internet.

Some may be eligible for the Local Television Satellite Solution, which would allow you to continue to receive CBC/Radio-Canada’s signals, courtesy of Shaw Direct. For information go to www.shawdirect.ca/dtv.

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