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LBC Sat

List of foreign television channels available in Canada

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulates which television channels are allowed to air in Canada. Although the vast majority of television channels available in Canada are Canadian-owned and operated, the CRTC allows certain foreign-owned channels to be broadcast in Canada, provided that every foreign station is linked to a Canadian station.

Which non-Canadian stations cannot be carried in Canada is determined by the List of Eligible Satellite Services. Although many stations appear on these lists, several are not carried by any cable companies.

NOTE: Stations/channels that are BOLDED are currently on the air, via cable or satellite.

American over-the-air services eligible for national distribution

These channels appear in Part 2 (Section A) and Part 3 of the List of Eligible Satellite Services. As such, up to one channel from each network can be carried by a Class 1, 2, or 3 cable company on the basic service of a cable company that cannot receive an acceptable signal from that network. As well, the CRTC has authorised most cable companies to carry a second American network feed from another time zone on a digital discretionary basis.

Affiliations are as listed by the CRTC.

1While listed by the CRTC as a Fox affiliate, WFTC has not served as such since 2002, when KMSP-TV took over Fox programming in Minneapolis. Since neither station has been carried in Canada since the affiliation change (in fact, it is not clear if WFTC was ever carried in Canada), there has been no reason to fix this "error" to date.

American over-the-air services distributed locally

These channels appear on certain cable systems in Canada. However, the CRTC has not authorised their distribution outside of the areas in which these channels can be picked up over-the-air; hence, they are not available for national distribution. There are other American stations available in Canada near the American border, but they are only available over-the-air and are not carried on any cable system.

  • ABC:
    • WDAZ-TV Grand Forks (available in Winnipeg)
  • CW:
    • WNLO-TV Buffalo (available in Southern Ontario)
    • KSTW-TV Tacoma (available in Vancouver)
  • Independent:
    • KVOS-TV Bellingham (available in Vancouver)
  • My Network TV:
    • WNYO-TV Buffalo (available in Southern Ontario)
  • PBS:
    • WMED-TV (available in New Brunswick)
    • KFME-TV Fargo (available in Winnipeg/Northwestern Ontario in high-definition)
    • KGFE-TV Grand Forks (available in Winnipeg)
    • WCFE-TV Plattsburgh (available in Montreal)

Foreign specialty channels

These channels appear in Part 2 (Section A), Part 3, and DTH (Section A) of the List of Eligible Satellite Services. As such, they can be carried on a discretionary basis by a Class 1 or 2 cable company, on the basic tier or a discretionary basis by a Class 3 cable company, or on a discretionary basis by a DTH company.

Foreign pay-TV channels

These channels appear in Part 2 (Section B), Part 3, and DTH (Section B) of the List of Eligible Satellite Services. As such, they can be carried on a pay-TV basis by a Class 1 or 2 cable company, on the basic tier or a discretionary basis by a Class 3 cable company, or on a pay-TV basis by a DTH company.

Up to one superstation (denoted by +) from the list may be carried as a specialty service. Star Choice and most cable companies offer WPCH-TV Atlanta using this option, although Bell Expressvu offers WGN Chicago instead.

Foreign digital channels

These channels appear in Part 2 (Section C), Part 3 (Digital), and DTH (Section C) of the List of Eligible Satellite Services. As such, they can be carried on a digital basis by a Class 1, 2, or 3 cable company, or by a DTH company.

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