For Immediate Release - August 17, 2005
Over-the-Air Transmitters Now Broadcasting CTV High-Definition Signals in Toronto
and Vancouver -- CTV becomes first national conventional broadcaster to transmit
HD over-the-air --
Toronto, Ontario (August 17, 2005) - CTV Inc. today announced it has completed
installation of two over-the-air High Definition transmitters in Canada's two largest
English-language markets, Toronto and Vancouver. With both transmitters now fully
operational, CTV becomes the first national conventional broadcaster transmitting
over-the-air in High Definition.
CTV's HD signals, identified as "CTV HD East" and "CTV HD West," are
now being transmitted from Toronto's CN Tower and B.C.'s Mount Seymour respectively.
There, viewers with an HD-capable television equipped with a digital tuner and antenna can
pull the HD signal off air.
Today's announcement represents the latest development in the multi-stage rollout of CTV
Inc.'s Canadian High Definition strategy. It's also timely since virtually every hour in
prime-time in the 2005-2006 season will be broadcast in High Definition on "CTV HD
East" and "CTV HD West." No less than 37 Canadian and U.S. series, another
14 movies and more specials are all available for broadcast. In all, CTV's High Definition
content represents more HD hours than any other broadcaster. See "Appendix A"
below which outlines fully CTV's HD plans for the 2005- 2006 television season.
Commenting on the today's announcement, CTV Inc. President Rick Brace said: "Every
day more Canadians are embracing High Definition. As the momentum builds, CTV is committed
to staying at the forefront of the curve in Canada. With over-the-air transmission now
available in Canada's two largest English-language markets, and across the country on
digital cable and Bell ExpressVu, more Canadians are now able to access this signal."
Below is a timeline of HD developments for CTV Inc.
Aug. 15, 2003 - TSN HD and Discovery HD are launched
Nov. 19, 2003 - CTV launches "CTV HD East"
June 1, 2004 - CTV launches "CTV HD West"
April 5, 2005 - CTV launches "CTV HD East" over-the-air via Toronto transmitter
(available on Channel 40 UHF).
April 21, 2005 - CTV Specialty files application for Discovery HD Theatre,
Canada's first 24-hour HD specialty service.
June 21, 2005 - CTV launches "CTV HD West" over-the-air via B.C. transmitter
(available on Channel 33 UHF).
Appendix A - CTV's High Definition Program Inventory, 2005-2006 Season
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Alice, I Think
According to Jim
Close To Home
Commander In Chief
CSI: New York
Law & Order
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order: SVU
Less Than Perfect
The Night Stalker
The Sopranos V
The West Wing
What About Brian
Hunt For Justice: The Louise Arbour Story
Friend of the Family
North Of Hope
One Dead Indian
Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story
The Man Who Lost Himself: The Terry Evanshen Story
War Correspondent -- The Clark Todd Story.
The 2006 JUNO Awards
The Academy Awards
In addition to CTV's conventional High Definition line-up, Canada's two leading specialty
services are also leaders in HD. This year (2005) TSN is in the midst of a broadcast
schedule that features 645 hours of HD programming from more than 200 national and
international events. Leading the way are TSN's CFL broadcasts (23), home Blue Jay
broadcasts (25), NASCAR races (21) , NBA broadcasts (26) NFL broadcasts (25) and more.
Meanwhile, sister service Discovery Channel has not only aired over 500 hours of HD
programming since its August, 2003 launch, but its EPI production arm is a leader in
Canada in producing HD content for Discovery and other Canadian broadcasters.
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports,
information, and entertainment programming. It boasts the number-one national newscast,
CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV
owns 21 conventional
television stations across Canada and has interests in 14 specialty channels, including
the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada's
premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web
site at www.ctv.ca.