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FREE HDTV Broadcasts for Greater Sudbury Over-The-Air

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Long before cable and satellite TV and streaming services like Netflix, Sudburians were stuck with three analog TV channels to watch, over-the-air, for free... CBC, CTV and Global. Those were the good ole days... well, not really, compared to now.

The resolution of TV sets today is astounding. The cable, satellite and streaming companies are now delivering television content in high definition, but at a large cost to consumers. In blue-collar, northeastern Ontario communities like Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins, these entertainment costs take a toll on already strained family budgets.

However, an option to watch FREE HDTV does exist today by way of the old fashion methods of over-the-air broadcasting stations. At present (Sept. 2017), in the Greater Sudbury area, there are a total of three television stations broadcasting a signal... CICI-CTV (VHF ch.5), CHCH (UHF ch.41) and GlobalTV (VHF ch.11). The problem is, ONLY ONE OF THEM ARE BROADCASTING IN DIGITAL HDTV (GlobalTV)... the other two are stuck in the dark ages of analog television. I know its not a lot of variety, but its better than nothing, right?

Over-the-air (or OTA for short) HDTV has been available in major cities all across Canada for several years now. Don't you think it's time the smaller communities get to reap the benefits of this service too?

On a personal note, my late father made his livelihood as a television repairmen in Greater Sudbury back in the analog TV days, so this issue is near and dear to my heart.

By signing this petition, you are sending a loud and clear message to the CRTC, BellMedia and CHCH that these services are indeed wanted in northeastern Ontario for those of us who choose to cut the cord and go it old school. Perhaps, with a large
enough response to this petition, they will take notice and take action.

Thank you for your consideration and PLEASE SHARE THIS with your friends and family.

John Rumball

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