By Brian Schultz
Global TV is the first channel in Winnipeg to go digital over-the-air (OTA).
The newly-acquired television asset of Shaw Media Inc. made the switch on December 16, broadcasting in HD to channel 40.1 at 14,900 watts.
Only those with rabbit ears can pick up the new digital channel, which was approved by the CRTC last August. A digital converter box will be required for older televisions without an ATSC tuner.
According to DigitalHome.ca, the channel is mapping at 9.1 HD and 9.3 SD, and has a signal strength of 95%.
Other broadcasters have until August 31, 2011 to complete the transition to digital.
Shaw is expected to make a formal announcement this week regarding the channel.
UPDATE: Shaw has added Global Winnipeg in 1080i to channel 211 for digital subscribers.