Canada

Last update: 27-09-2014 - older versions

DAB services were on air in Canada’s major cities - Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ontario and Ottawa for around 10 years with coverage reaching about 35% of the population. While the most of the world has uses DAB or DAB+ using Band III, Canada’s digital output was restricted to L-Band. This has resulted in a lack of receivers in the market, high prices and slow consumer uptake. Combined with the fact that the US, has opted for a different system of broadcast, this has led to a complete re-think by the regulator, CRTC, and broadcasters on the future direction of digital broadcasting in Canada. The situation is complicated by the need for spectrum, currently occupied by dormant DAB transmitters, for new digital TV and broadband roll out.

The CRTC has discarded its 1996 plan for DAB replacement of all AM and FM radio. Instead it proposes keeping these stations on analogue and using L-Band for new digital multi-media services. However, stakeholders are considering how L-Band is used in other countries before deciding how to reallocate the spectrum. As a result, while existing DAB multiplexes are slowly being dismantled, there is no firm plan for replacing them and delivering digital radio services to Canada’s population of 32 million potential listeners. Canada’s broadcasters are expected to lobby for a portion of the L-Band spectrum to be retained for broadcasting services.

Last update: 27-09-2014 - older versions

Radio-Canada (CBC) and Communications Research Centre Canada carried out demonstrations of DMB in Montreal, Toronto and in Ottawa to raise the awareness of these DAB-based technologies among broadcasters, regulators and Telecom (Mobile) industry. There were also seven DAB stations (four commercial and three public) field-testing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A service was also on-air in Windsor in 2000 however this has now ceased.

Last update: 27-09-2014 - older versions

In its 1995 transitional policy, the CRTC allowed a maximum of five programmes per multiplex, which prevented
broadcasters from offering an attractive choice of programmes on DAB. In 2006 in response to requests from broadcasters, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) agreed to change Canada’s 1995 transitional policy to allow more freedom to provide DAB only programmes to attract more consumer interest (i.e. more services per multiplex, use of L-Band, multimedia, subscription). There is no news on the future of regulation in this market.

 

 

 

Radioplayer website and apps to launch in Canada
WorldDAB Members News - 28.09.2016 - Radioplayer - Canada - Canada
Radioplayer is to launch in Canada – marking the first licensing agreement outside Europe for the service. The deal, which was co-ordinated by the newly-formed Canadian Association of Broadcasters, will see at least fourteen companies signed up to the Radioplayer Canada coalition, representing the majority of Canadian radio stations.
From Radio Today:

Radioplayer to launch in Canada
WorldDAB Members News - 28.09.2016 - Radioplayer - Canada - Canada
Radioplayer Worldwide , has joined forces with Canada's leading radio broadcasters to bring Canadians free, easily accessible digital radio on any connected device. Launching later this year, Radioplayer will allow Canadians immediate access to their favourite English and French entertainment, news, sports and talk radio stations powered by 15 Canadian radio broadcasters. Launch date to be announced in the coming weeks.
From Radioplayer Worldwide:

CRC Highlights L Band Solution
13.01.2012 - Canada - Canada
Thibault noted that DAB in Canada was intended to be carried at L band, around 1.5 GHz. “This frequency is 15 times higher than FM, which is at about 100 MHz. The Doppler effect is directly proportional to two things: radio frequency value and vehicle ...
From Radio World:

Recore Systems and CRC partner to port high velocity digital radio L-band listening to Recore's DSP application platform
06.01.2012 - Canada - Canada
The transition from FM and AM radio to DAB/DAB+/DMB digital radio introduces a potential disappointment for those enjoying radio listening to local stations while traveling, since at higher speeds radio reception deteriorates for stations using DAB transmission mode IV in the L-band, the designated frequency band for local radio stations.

CRC at NAB 2010
09.04.2010 - Canada - Canada
Demonstration of Open Platforms for DAB/DMB
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Media heaven behind wheel
18.09.2008 - Canada - Canada
Features available as part of the latest system also include DAB digital radio reception, analogue and digital TV reception and DVD playback, ...
From Metro Canda - Edmonton, Canada:

CRTC announces results of its commercial radio policy review: Increases funding for Canadian content...
15.12.2006 - Canada - Canada
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued today three public notices flowing from its review of its Commercial Radio Policy 1998

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