List of Canadian television networks

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Canada has adopted the NTSC and ATSC television transmission standards without any alterations. However, some unique local variations exist for DTH television because of transponder design variation in the Anik series of satellites. Television in Canada has many individual stations and networks and systems.

Networks list[edit]

All of the networks listed below operate a number of terrestrial TV stations. In addition, several of these networks are also aired on cable and satellite services.

English-language networks[edit]

Television
Network
Founded Type of Network Number of Owned
and Operated
Stations
Number of
Private Affiliates
CBC 1952* Public 14 7
CTV 1961 Commercial 22 2
Global 1974 Commercial 13 1
City 1972** Commercial 6 OTA + 1 Cable only 3
CTV Two 2005 Commercial 5 OTA + 2 cable only None
Yes TV 1998 Christian religious 3 None

French-language networks[edit]

Television
Network
Founded Type of Network Number of Owned
and Operated
Stations
Number of
Private Affiliates
SRC 1952 Public 13 2
TVA 1971 Commercial 6 4
V 1986 Commercial 5 4

Educational networks[edit]

Television
Network
Founded Type of Network Language Number of Owned
and Operated
Stations
Number of
Private Affiliates
TVO 1970 Public English 1 None
Knowledge Network 1971 Public English 1 None
Télé-Québec 1975 Public French 1 None
Canal Savoir 1986 Public French 1 None
TFO 1987 Public French Cable Only None

Multicultural networks[edit]

Television
System
Founded Type of System Language Number of Owned
and Operated
Stations
Number of
Private Affiliates
APTN 1992 Commercial, Multicultural Aboriginal, English, French 2 0
Omni Television 1979*** Commercial, Multicultural Multilingual 5 None

Defunct television systems[edit]

A-Channel (merged into Citytv)
BBS
E!
Joytv

Notes[edit]

* Although the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was founded in 1932, it did not begin television transmissions until 1952.

** CITY-TV launched in 1972. CKVU-TV adopted the moniker in 2002, and the former Craig Media stations also adopted the Citytv moniker when they were bought in 2005.

*** CFMT-TV launched in 1979. CJMT-TV launched in 2002. CHNU-TV (NOW TV) was bought in 2005, and CIIT-TV was purchased before it went on the air, in February 2006.

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