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HDTV channels are now available to the majority of Canadian homes and offer a wide variety of exciting programming from Canadian and other sources. A number of Canadian broadcasters such as CTV, CityTV and Global are providing digital services and have some HD programming now. Over the next few months SRC, TQS and OMNI 1 and 2 will be joining them and providing additional HD content. Over time these over-the-air broadcasters will be increasing the amount of their HD programs. In addition to distributing these Canadian services, cable and satellite companies are offering a number of HD programming options, including most of the OTA HD broadcasts from the US networks; ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS, WGN. In addition specialty and pay channels such as TMN, Sportsnet, TSN and Discovery have HD programming available through cable and satellite services, along with HD pay-per-view programming such as movies and sports.

Many programs are now being created in HDTV, or on film that can be converted to the HDTV format. These programs are usually indicated as ‘HD” in the local TV programming guides. Other programs may have been created in analogue (or NTSC format), and then up-converted to HD by the broadcaster. A program can only be considered HD if it was created, transmitted and displayed in HD, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, Dolby Digital audio, and either 720p or 1080i lines of resolution.  

To see the listings of the HD programs available, click on the logos on the right.

For information regarding the possibilities for delivering HDTV to your home, click HERE.

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