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TORONTO Area OTA HDTV Channels
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Post 1 made on Saturday January 25, 2014 at 12:37
chrisRW
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Hello everybody,

In case you're wondering what you can watch for FREE in the Toronto Area.



ALL with just an ordinary INDOOR antenna you can easily buy at any Best Buy, Future Shop, Walmart, etc., stores.

Basically:

Canadian Channels: 5-1, 9-1, 11-1, 19-1, 25-1, 35-1, 36-1, 40-1, 41-1, 47-1, 57-1

American Channels: 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 4-1, 7-1, 17-1, 17-2, 23-1, 23-2, 29-1, 29-2, 49-1

So 23 channels in total, as of today Jan 25, 2014.

I live in Scarborough, pretty close to Lake Ontario AND have perfect (unobstructed) clear view of the southern sky.

IF you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Chris in TO
Post 2 made on Monday January 27, 2014 at 14:36
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thanks Chris, I replied to your other post asking several questions. I think you answered most of them here. Curious if you are in a house or highrise (if so what floor). Being close to the lake definitely does help. I am in North York and have troubles with some of the channels.
Post 3 made on Monday March 10, 2014 at 13:27
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How are you getting the program info?

When TVGOS went away so did any channel info on my set.
OP | Post 4 made on Sunday March 16, 2014 at 09:54
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On March 10, 2014 at 13:27, sirroundsound said...
How are you getting the program info?

When TVGOS went away so did any channel info on my set.

Sorry, what's TVGOS?

In my particular case, the channel info is given by my TV set, LG FLATRON M2762, when using its own Remote Control.
Post 5 made on Monday March 17, 2014 at 13:58
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TVGOS was the digital signal that gave TV's an on screen TV guide. It would also provide channel id and programming info.
Your TV doesn't just magically know whats on, and I was surprised to see the station and program info in your pictures.

I was under the impression this info was no longer transmitted. My TV hasn't shown details or had the clock be correct for many months now.
Post 6 made on Monday March 17, 2014 at 14:11
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Sorry, I forgot that Internet connected TV's can still get some form of TVGOS service. Although I am not sure your little LG can go on line.
OP | Post 7 made on Monday March 17, 2014 at 17:55
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On March 17, 2014 at 14:11, sirroundsound said...
Sorry, I forgot that Internet connected TV's can still get some form of TVGOS service. Although I am not sure your little LG can go on line.

My 27" LG Flatron M2762 is TV set AND Desktop Monitor, the switch is done via the remote control.

The program/show info for each OTA channel works pretty smoothly, 24/7/365.

I'm not an expert to know if that's b/c of the TV model and/or the OTA channels themselves.
Post 8 made on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 16:05
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A little digging and I have found that the majority of newer TV's will pick up PSIP from each station that broadcasts it with their digital signal. So no TV guide, but at least station and program info. I guess is should re sync my tuner and see what happens.
OP | Post 9 made on Sunday April 20, 2014 at 13:51
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Latest OTA Toronto Channels as per today, Sunday, April 20, 2014:

2-1 WGRZ-HD
2-2 WGRZ-WN
2-3 WGRZ-AT
4-1 WIVB-HD
5-1 CBC TORONTO
7-1 WKBW-HD
9-1 CTV TORONTO
11-1 CHCH HAMILTON
17-1 WNED-HD
17-2 WNED-THINK
19-1 TVO
23-1 WNLO-HD
23-2 WNLO-BOUNCE
25-1 CBC FRENCH
29-1 WUTV-HD
29-2 WUTV-TCN
35-1 CTV BARRIE
36-1 CITS-HD
40-1 OMNI 1
41-1 GLOBAL TORONTO
47-1 OMNI 2
49-1 WNYO-HD
51-1 ION
51-2 QUBO
51-3 LIFE
51-4 SHOP
51-5 QVC
51-6 HSN
57-1 CITYTV TORONTO

Location: Eglinton E and McCowan Rd in Scarborough, one of the top floors of a high-rise building with unobstructed view of Lake Ontario and CN Tower.
Using just an ordinary indoor no-amplifier antenna.

Happy Easter everybody.

Chris
Post 10 made on Sunday May 4, 2014 at 17:03
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On April 20, 2014 at 13:51, chrisRW said...
Latest OTA Toronto Channels as per today, Sunday, April 20, 2014:

2-1 WGRZ-HD
2-2 WGRZ-WN
2-3 WGRZ-AT
4-1 WIVB-HD
5-1 CBC TORONTO
7-1 WKBW-HD
9-1 CTV TORONTO
11-1 CHCH HAMILTON
17-1 WNED-HD
17-2 WNED-THINK
19-1 TVO
23-1 WNLO-HD
23-2 WNLO-BOUNCE
25-1 CBC FRENCH
29-1 WUTV-HD
29-2 WUTV-TCN
35-1 CTV BARRIE
36-1 CITS-HD
40-1 OMNI 1
41-1 GLOBAL TORONTO
47-1 OMNI 2
49-1 WNYO-HD
51-1 ION
51-2 QUBO
51-3 LIFE
51-4 SHOP
51-5 QVC
51-6 HSN
57-1 CITYTV TORONTO

Location: Eglinton E and McCowan Rd in Scarborough, one of the top floors of a high-rise building with unobstructed view of Lake Ontario and CN Tower.
Using just an ordinary indoor no-amplifier antenna.

Happy Easter everybody.

Chris

It depends entirely on how high you are off the ground, and what the terrain is like.  For example mine is fairly low, and I get 5,9,19,25,40 (sometimes), 41-1, 41-2, 47-1, 57-1.  If the weather is just right I can add 23-1,23-2 to the list, but I have not seen those in the last month or so.
 
OP | Post 11 made on Monday May 5, 2014 at 13:17
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On May 4, 2014 at 17:03, wogster said...
It depends entirely on how high you are off the ground, and what the terrain is like. For example mine is fairly low, and I get 5,9,19,25,40 (sometimes), 41-1, 41-2, 47-1, 57-1. If the weather is just right I can add 23-1,23-2 to the list, but I have not seen those in the last month or so.

So you're getting mostly the Canadian channels only.

That sucks.
Post 12 made on Saturday May 10, 2014 at 09:13
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On May 5, 2014 at 13:17, chrisRW said...
So you're getting mostly the Canadian channels only.

That sucks.

It's better then paying someone $50/month for crap...
 
Post 13 made on Friday May 30, 2014 at 16:35
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On January 27, 2014 at 14:36, NFASTRO said...
thanks Chris, I replied to your other post asking several questions. I think you answered most of them here. Curious if you are in a house or highrise (if so what floor). Being close to the lake definitely does help. I am in North York and have troubles with some of the channels.

I'm in north york as well,close to hwy404 and finch,using channel master 4221(in my bedroom on second floor),hard to get NBC,FOX,looking for another antenna with better range to get those channels,please advise.thanks.
Post 14 made on Saturday May 31, 2014 at 15:20
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They make 8 bay antennas (basically double what you have) If you can you should try to get the antenna outside and up higher. This would be your best bet to attempt to get more channels.
Post 15 made on Sunday June 1, 2014 at 20:16
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On May 31, 2014 at 15:20, sirroundsound said...
They make 8 bay antennas (basically double what you have) If you can you should try to get the antenna outside and up higher. This would be your best bet to attempt to get more channels.

Thanks for reply.Do I have to go multi-direction one?CN tower and grand island is about 20-40 degree different from where I live,but channel master doesn't have multi-direction 8-bay HD antenna.Digitalwave has it but the build quality is really bad.Any suggestion?
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