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08-23-2013, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
July 1, 1958 saw the CBC, Canada's national broadcaster, extend its signal across Canada.

Television signals were readily available in urban centers, not so in rural areas. Globally in about 1/9 or 1/10 households.

Tended to be the family Christmas or holiday gift. Popular shows or events were watched on a neighbourhood basis. The big furniture stores would leave the sets running in the windows. People would congregate to watch and hopefully buy eventually.
From 1953 to 1956 my family lived in a log cabin with no indoor plumbing about 50 miles north of Toronto on Lake Simcoe, which was very rural and sparsely populated from fall through spring. We had a tv with an antenna atop a 50-foot wooden pole mounted on top of the cabin. It got the Toronto and Buffalo stations fine by 1953 standards. Just in time for the second season of Hockey Night in Canada.

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