27 Aug

END OF SIGNAL report for Wednesday, August 27, 2011 – THE VIEW FROM PEGGY’S COVE.

Random MPB outings investigate the question of what the viewing audience will lose when the transition* takes place.

This evening the MediaPackBoard set out from Halifax to catch non-satellite, non-cable television at this world famous Nova Scotia location.  Arriving and setting up at dusk, the MPB was unable to receive any coherent messages via the airwaves.  Snow was the only thing available on any of the usual four possible channels.

It was not disappointing as the items viewed on August 12 in Sackville, New Brunswick were less than overwhelming.  The visit gave a chance to think about other visits to Peggy’s Cove, tales of spectators being licked up by waves and the events when Swiss Air 111 crashed into the ocean 8km offshore. (September 2, 1998)

 

* Background:

The CRTC has imposed in 28 mandatory markets, a digital transition deadline of August 31, 2011, with the exception of some CBC transmitters given a temporary one-year extension to remain in analog.

 

In anticipation of the transition, Industry Canada has already stopped issuing licenses within Canada for new television transmitters broadcasting in analog.

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About Valerie LeBlanc

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pluri-­disciplinary artist and writer Valerie LeBlanc has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between poetry, performance, visual and written theory. Valerie LeBlanc has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s, and is the creator of the MediaPackBoard (MPB), portable screening / performance device. In the fall of 2012, she published her play The Raft, through Basic Bruegel Editions.

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