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HDTV Yes, we have high definition television! Contrary to what you may have heard, a wide variety of free off-air digital HDTV programming is available in the Greater Toronto and Buffalo areas. All you need is an antenna and an ATSC receiver - and your television may already have one of those built in! On this page you’ll find a list of all current Canadian and American channels for the region, their status and power levels, plus a location map of all HDTV transmitters currently broadcasting in the Southern Ontario and Western New York areas.

For answers to common questions, please see the Toronto/Buffalo HDTV FAQ.

Comments, suggestions, corrections, or channel updates? Speak out in the HDTV Forum or send me an email!


Current OTA HDTV Status  (For help reading this check the FAQ!)
Updated: November 19, 2016 (draft)
VirtualActualNetworkGraphPowerHeightFinalLocation
67-1
7-1 METV
WBBZ-DT
Directionality 26.9 kW 577' Concord
(Buffalo)
 
(720p/2.0) MeTV (Memorable Entertainment TV) affilate, which carries classic sitcoms, dramas and commercials from the 1950s though 1980s. There are currently no plans to increase transmission power.
67-2
 
This TV
(480i/2.0) AKA "This TV Network". A general entertainment channel primarily carrying movies.
67-3
 
METV
(480i/2.0)
67-4
 
Daystar Television Network
(480i/2.0) As part of the deal for selling WNGS/WBBZ, they will continue to carry Daystar religious network programming on a subchannel for a period of 10 years.
9-1
9-1 CTV
CFTO-DT
10.8 kW 1532' CN Tower
(Toronto)
 
(1080i/5.1 & 2.0) Broadcasting on VHF channel 9. Those of you with UHF-only antennas may find this channel difficult or impossible to receive, however I am having good success in Markham.
3-1
10-1 CTV Two
CKVR-DT
7.1 kW 1122' Barrie
 
(1080i/5.1) As this station is broadcasting on VHF channel 10, those of you with UHF-only antennas may find it difficult or impossible to receive, however I am having good success in Markham. Please see the section at the bottom of the page for CKVR's plans for 2 additional repeaters.
12-1
12-1 CHEX (CTV)
CHEX 12
20 kW 1038' Peterborough
 
(1080i/5.1)
13-1
13-1 CTV (SWO)
CKCO-DT
12 kW 957' Kitchener
 
(1080i/5.1) Now broadcasting on VHF 13. Those of you with UHF-only antennas may find this channel difficult or impossible to receive.
29-1
14-1 Fox
WUTV-DT
Directionality 1000 kW 981' Grand Island
(Buffalo)
 
(720p/5.1) Thanks to its 1000kW power, WUTV is one of Buffalo's most reliable signals, even though their directional transmitter sends very little power to the North and can be difficult to receive too far out of region.
29-2
 
The Country Network
(480i/2.0) Country music videos from the 1980's to present. ZUUS reverts to its original name...
29-3
 
(480i/2.0) Primarily western and action movies.
11-1
15-1 CHCH
CHCH-DT
132 kW 1175' Hamilton
 
(1080i/5.1) Despite financial problems, CHCH remains on the air with news, shows, movies and more.
56-X
17-1 Independent
WBXZ-LP
15 kW 548' Buffalo
 
Since WBXZ does not have a true primary affiliation, its substations are listed below. Note that this is a "Low Power" station, so reception will be greatly limited outside of the Buffalo area. NOTE Nov/17: this listing is not current. Reports are there may be no subchannels currently?
56-1
 
(480i/2.0) Classic television and movies from the 1950's to the 1980's.
56-2
 
(480i/2.0) Sitcoms and dramas from the 1950's to the 1980's and beyond.
56-3
 
(480i/2.0) Focused on cars.
56-4
 
Throwback TV
(480i/2.0) An independent station featuring public domain content, infomercials, and so forth.
56-5
 
(480i/2.0) Children's television network primarily broadcasting from the DreamWorks Classics library of shows.
19-1
19-1 TV Ontario
CICA-DT
107 kW 1611' CN Tower
(Toronto)
 
(1080i/5.1) TVO has a strong, reliable signal!
5-1
20-1 CBC
CBLT-DT
38 kW 1611' 100 kW
1640'
CN Tower
(Toronto)
 
(720p/5.1 & 2.0)
51-1
23-1 ION
WPXJ-DT
Directionality 455 kW 906' Batavia
(Buffalo)
 
(720p/2.0) The situation is a little confusing in Buffalo now - with "channel 23" broadcasting on 32-1, and "channel 51" broadcasting on 23-1...
51-2
 
(480i/2.0) Childrens' programming made up of a 6-hour block of shows repeated 4 times each day.
51-3
 
(480i/2.0) Lifestyle programming: health and wellness, cooking, home decor, travel and more.
51-4
 
Ion SHOP
(480i/2.0) Mostly paid programming.
51-5
 
(480i/2.0) Televised home shopping.
51-6
 
(480i/2.0) More televised home shopping.
25-1
25-1 CBC French
CBLFT-DT
99 kW 1640' CN Tower
(Toronto)
 
(720p/5.1) French programming from Radio-Canada.
26-1
26-1 TCT
WNYB-DT
Directionality 234 kW 1519' 1000 kW Jamestown
 
(480i/2.0) Religious network. WNYB has applied for an increase to 1000 kW transmission power.
26-2
 
TCT-HD
(1080i/5.1) Interestingly, the high definition channel is a subchannel rather than the primary channel. Occasionally shows old TV shows such as Bonanza.
39-1
29-1 Daystar
WDTB-LP
Directionality 15 kW 586' Hamburg
(Buffalo)
 
Low-powered channel with religious programming.
23-1
32-1 The CW
WNLO-DT
Directionality 1000 kW 994' Grand Island
(Buffalo)
 
(1080i/5.1) One of the two highest powered HDTV channels in the region, and very reliable for both Canadians and Americans.
23-2
 
(480i/2.0) Programming geared towards African American viewers.
2-1
33-1 NBC
WGRZ-DT
Directionality 480 kW 968' South Wales
(Buffalo)
 
(1080i/5.1) WGRZ can be one of the more difficult channels from south Buffalo to receive reliably, even compared to the lower-powered WKBW.
2-2
 
(480i/2.0) Airs retro television shows.
2-3
 
(480i/2.0) Features true crime, investigation, and forensic science documentary series.
36-1
36-1 YesTV
CITS-DT
493 kW 1110' Hamilton
 
(1080i/5.1) Formerly Crossroads, now with mainstream programming.
7-1
38-1 ABC
WKBW-DT
Directionality 358 kW 1420' 723 kW Colden
(Buffalo)
 
(720p/5.1) Despite WKBW's power level and distance, their signal has been unexpectedly reliable for me personally - better than the higher powered WIVB or WGRZ. Heavy echo effect used to matrix local 2.0 audio to 5.1 surround can be distracting.
7-2
 
(480i/2.0) Features comedy programms, such as movies and sitcom reruns.
7-3
 
(480i/2.0) Targeted to women. Features movies and true crime documentary series.
4-1
39-1 CBS
WIVB-DT
Directionality 790 kW 1368' Colden
(Buffalo)
 
(1080i/5.1) Considering their high power levels, WIVB is inexplicably one of the most difficult of the 3 South Buffalo channels to receive reliably from my location.
40-1
40-1 OMNI.2
CJMT-DT
19.5 kW 1645' CN Tower
(Toronto)
 
(1080i/5.1)
41-1
41-1 Global
CIII-DT
100 kW 1650' CN Tower
(Toronto)
 
(1080i/5.1) Now broadcasting from channel 41. Global shows a wide range of high definition content, although I personally find their image a touch on the soft side compared to other stations and occasionally suffers from visible compression artifacts. Note to Global engineers: please turn off the volume compression!
41-2
 
Global SD
(480i/2.0) Duplicate SD rebroadcast.
17-1
43-1 PBS
WNED-DT
Directionality 156 kW 1076' Grand Island
(Buffalo)
 
(1080i/5.1 & 2.0) As close to rock solid 24 x 7 HDTV as you can get! Will begin broadcasting PBS Kids on a subchannel in Spring 2017.
17-2
 
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(480i/2.0 & 1.0) WNED-Th, featuring how-to, DIY and lifestyle-oriented programming.
 AUD
WNED-FM Classical 94.5
(2.0) Auxiliary audio program (also available on 17-2). Might get this on some sets as 43-10?
 AUD
WBFO-FM 88.7
(2.0) Auxiliary audio program (also available on 17-2).
57-1
44-1 Citytv
CITY-DT
21 kW 1645' CN Tower
(Toronto)
 
(1080i/5.1)
47-1
47-1 OMNI.1
CFMT-DT
22.2 kW 1645' CN Tower
(Toronto)
 
(1080i/5.1)
49-1
49-1 My TV
WNYO-DT
Directionality 198 kW 1165' Wyoming
(Buffalo)
 
(720p/5.1) Now with numerous subchannels.
49-2
 
(480i/2.0) All music videos, plus a three-hour block of children's programming.
49-3
 
(480i/2.0) Science fiction and fantasy television shows and movies, primarily from the MGM library.
49-4
 
(480i/2.0) Owned by Sony, a mix of classic television and movies.


Location Map: Ontario, Canada & New York, USA
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Have cable service and a QAM-enabled tuner? See what you can watch for free on: Cogeco GTA, Rogers GTA, Time Warner Cable (Buffalo Suburban).


Depending on your location and antenna capabilities, you may also receive these stations:

Rochester & Other Distant HDTV Stations
VirtualActualNetworkGraphPowerHeightLocation
10-1
10-1 CTV Two
CFPL-DT
Directionality 45 kW 991' London
 
(1080i/5.1) Began broadcasting in digital on August 31, 2011. This channel is also broadcast from the former CKXT repeater in Wingham (although in analog, not digital).
10-1
10-1 NBC
WHEC-DT
Directionality 18.1 kW 443' Rochester
 
(1080i/2.0) Active full power. Has returned to broadcasting on VHF channel 10.
10-2
 
MeTV
(480i/2.0) Launching... soon? Already? Let me know!
10-3
 
NBC Weather Plus
(480i/2.0)
13-1
13-1 ABC
WHAM-DT
Directionality 30.0 kW 499' Rochester
 
(720p/5.1) Active full power. Has returned to broadcasting on VHF channel 13. Local news now in HD.
13-2
 
The CW
(720p/5.1) CW-WHAM - now broadcasting dual HD channels!
21-1
16-1 PBS
WXXI-DT
Directionality 180 kW 427' Rochester
 
(1080i/2.0) A surprisingly strong signal in the Toronto area, despite its relatively low power. Due to the number of subchannels and the 1080i resolution of its main channel, compression on HD shows is quite apparent.
21-2
 
PBS World
(480i/2.0) WXXI-W
21-3
 
PBS Create
(480i/2.0) WXXI-C, kids' educational.
 AUD
WXXI-AM 1370
(1.0) Can be difficult to receive as it is not properly configured.
31-1
28-1 Fox
WUHF-DT
Directionality 320 kW 528' Rochester
 
(720p/5.1) Active full power.
31-2
 
(480i/2.0) Airs retro television shows.
31-3
 
(480i/2.0) Science fiction and fantasy television shows and movies, primarily from the MGM library.
8-1
45-1 CBS
WROC-DT
Directionality 1000 kW 446' Rochester
 
(1080i/5.1) Recently switched to full power with a remarkably strong signal.
8-2
 
(480i/2.0) Programming geared towards African American viewers.
8-3
 
(480i/2.0) Features comedy programms, such as movies and sitcom reruns.
8-4
 
(480i/2.0) Targeted to women. Features movies and true crime documentary series.
46-1
46-1 MyTV
WBGT 46
Directionality 15.0 kW 449' Rochester
 
(720p/5.1)
46-2
 
This TV
(480i/2.0) AKA "This TV Network". A general entertainment channel primarily carrying movies.
46-3
 
(480i/2.0) OTA channel targeted to men.
46-4
 
(480i/2.0) Revival of TNN with country music.
46-5
 
MyRochesterTV
(480i/2.0) Local Rochester programming.
46-6
 
(480i/2.0) Televised home shopping.


These channels extend the reach of major stations by rebroadcasting their signal in other locations. Some of these can be received quite easily in the GTA.

Southern Ontario & Western New York Repeaters:
16-1
14-1 YesTV
CITS-TV
7.7 kW 879' London
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CITS-DT in Hamilton.
15-1
15-1 TCT
WBNF-CD
15 kW 554' Grand Island
 
(1080i/5.1) Highly directional. Used as a repeater for 26.1 WNYB-DT in Jamestown. Broadcasts all 3 subchannels.
6-1
17-1 Global
CIII-TV
97 kW 892' Paris
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CIII-DT in Toronto. Surprisingly strong signal in Markham.
6-2
 
Global SD
(480i/2.0) Duplicate SD rebroadcast.
18-1
18-1 TVO
CICO-DT-18
2.4 kW 1037' London
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CICA-DT in Toronto.
20-1
20-1 OMNI 2
CJMT-TV-1
25 kW 648' London
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CJMT-DT in Toronto.
27-1
27-1 Global
CIII-TV
275 kW 907' Peterborough
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CIII-DT in Toronto. Surprisingly strong signal in Markham.
27-2
 
Global SD
(480i/2.0) Duplicate SD rebroadcast.
67-1
23-1 CHCH
CHCH-TV-3
63 kW 1006' Muskoka
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CHCH-DT in Hamilton.
53-1
26-1 TV Ontario
CICO-DT-53
850 kW 984' Belleville
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CICO-DT in Toronto.
28-1
28-1 TVO
CICO-TV-28
20.2 kW 972' 885 kW Paris
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CICA-DT in Toronto.
30-1
30-1 CKWS (CTV)
CKWS-TV-1
5.5 kW 523' Brighton
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CKWS-DT 11 in Kingston.
31-1
31-1 Citytv
CITY-DT-2
15 kW 961' Woodstock
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CITY-DT in Toronto.
35-1
35-1 CTV Two (CKVR)
CHCJ-DT
390.0 kW 353' Hamilton
 
Repeater for CKVR in Barrie. Surprisingly strong in Markham.
54-1
35-1 CTV
CFTO-TV-54
850 kW 984' Peterborough
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CFTO-DT in Toronto.
42-1
42-1 CTV Two (CKVR)
CKVP-DT
5 kW 480' Fonthill
 
Repeater for CKVR in Barrie. Live as of September, 2012.
69-1
48-1 OMNI 1
CFMT-TV-1
500 kW 648' London
 
(1080i/5.1) Used as a repeater for CFMT-DT in Toronto.
51-1
50-1 CHCH
CHCH-TV-2
190 kW 984' Alvinston
 
(480i/2.0) Used as a repeater for CHCH-DT in Hamilton.

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