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  1. #1
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    Signing off analog for good & nitelight

    Back in the 80's and 90's when OTA stations were signing off for the night, they usually had a "thanks for watching and goodnight" kinda segment followed by the national anthem, then the test card with the 1kHz tone for a few seconds until the OTA transmitter was turned off, static on TV.

    WCBS in New York City signed off June 13th in the middle of a daytime soap opera:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6twv_kuKfsE

    WTVS in Detroit signed-off in April and went with a recap, followed by the Canadian and US anthems:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vDVK003nRI

    Some stations used a pre-recorded segment, some others used their newsteam to inform viewers what they should do, and while some others just pulled the plug unceremonial.

    A few stations (normally one per market) continued analog transmission in "nightlitght" mode, a loop of video from DTV Answers informing viewers what to do to switch to digital: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXvA2IYAyt8


    It is expected that Canadian stations will just pull the plug in an unceremonial way, right after the 11pm or 11:30pm news or a few minutes after midnight while showing a rerun or a simulcast of a late-night US show. Since many transmission sites will be re-used and many stations will flash-cut to digital, they'll most likely have to work on the antenna tower(s) overnight... unless they were previously prepared for an easy switch-over.

    Do you think any station in Canada will sign-off in a good old-fashion way?
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    And what about nightlight service in Canada after analog shutdown?

    Like any other business, there will always be last-minute people and people who will hurt their nose on the glass window after closing time. Adding to the fact that PSAs will air only during summer, not many people are watching TV during that season so a portion of the population will remain unaware of the transition. The day after the transition, it was interesting that non-english speaking communities were the ones who needed the most help, calling the help line featured in the nightlight tape. Canada has plenty of those communities, which is why the nightlight service will be important. Analog transmitters on channels 2 to 6 are the best picks for a nightlight service since these positions will remain vacant after the transition.

    On the other hand, Canada never had a plan for digital transition so they won't have a "tape" to put on the air, and the stations will be so happy to pull the plug so they can save on electricity.
    Last edited by InMontreal; 04-07-2011 at 10:12 AM.
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    Flash Cutting

    Apparently the A channel in London, will be replacing the big antenna on the top of the tower, and moving the analog transmitter, down in the middle of the tower, although they are flash cutting (vp of operations told me) they will have both transmitters on the tower, at the same time.

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    CBC Mantoba Nightly sign off announcement

    "This Concludes Our Broadcasting Day.In Winnipeg CBC Manitoba is Channel 6 Cable 2 With An ERP100,000 wattsVideo 20,000 watts Audio.Please call CBC Communcations 788-3125 with any question about our programming Goodnight And thank You For Watching CBC Manitoba" By Bob Bovin;)

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    2 months left to go before the plug gets pulled !

    Sounds like there won't be any nitelight service in Canada, as there was no CRTC requirement about it, and neither on a voluntary basis. Also, many stations will flash-cut on August 31, re-using the antenna on the tower so it'll be most unlikely to run such service.
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    Sounds like CFCF (CTV Montreal) analog will probably shut down in a ceremonial way.

    For CTV Montreal, which has only one transmitter in Quebec on the huge Mount Royal antenna tower, everything is on schedule. “We’re ready to hit the button,” said general manager Don Bastien. At 12:05 a.m. on Sept. 1, just after the late newscast ends, CFCF-TV, which has been broadcasting in analog on Channel 12 since 1961, goes off the air for good, and a digital transmitter will replace it on the same channel.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/enter...310/story.html
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