DX so does this mean instead of doing a auto-scan, just have each channel manually "open" to a signal? That can make sense to me to be able to just channel flip. Still, I simply miss analog dx, looking thru the static.
Most digital TVs, directly selecting a RF channel will scan just that channel. Many of them have a signal meter, which will tell you whether there's a signal present that might eventually decode.
SOme of the converter boxes, you can leave them tuned to a RF channel & if a signal shows up, it will hold the station's information (usually including the call letters) until some other station is tuned in.
Sounda like the Canadian switch is confusing. Probably would go alot smoother if it was just simply mandated at a date.
Given cable penetration rates well above 90% in essentially every market except Windsor, I don't think most viewers will notice either way. Basically the game is, having an OTA signal guarantees you a preferential position on cable. If anyone happens to actually *watch* the OTA signal, well, that's just a bonus...
Even before this policy was announced, the stations have already strongly suggested (stated outright, in a number of cases) that they have no intention of converting their relay transmitters. Heck, a couple of stations have surrendered their licences & gone off the air, some in markets as large as Calgary & Edmonton. I think the government would rather the stations converted, but they can't force them to convert if the stations are willing to go dark instead.