CTV Goes HD in Calgary

CTV Inc. today announced it has completed installation of an over-the-air (OTA) High Definition transmitter in Canada’s third-largest English language television market. “CTV HD Calgary” is now transmitting from CTV Calgary’s Patina Rise headquarters. CTV becomes the only broadcaster now transmitting over-the-air in High Definition in Calgary and, with similar operations in Vancouver and Toronto, CTV also now becomes Canada’s only broadcaster to have HD transmitters in all three markets metered by BBM Nielsen Media Research.

CTV Calgary’s leading line-up of top-rated programming – from AMERICAN IDOL, CSI and GREY’S ANATOMY to FLASHPOINT, CORNER GAS and the upcoming SUPER BOWL – is available in real time, in high definition, beginning immediately. CTV HD Calgary can be accessed by viewers with an HD-capable television equipped with a digital tuner and antenna on Channel 4.1. Additionally, CTV HD Calgary will replace CTV HD East on Channel 210 for Shaw Cable subscribers in Calgary and surrounding areas.

“Viewers can now watch Calgary’s most-watched programs in High Definition without time-shifting,” said Len Perry, General Manager and Vice-President, CTV Calgary. “As Calgary’s #1 television station, we are enormously proud to lead the way with this investment in our viewers.”

Today’s announcement represents the latest development in the multi-stage rollout of CTV Inc.’s Canadian HD strategy. CTV was the first national conventional broadcaster to transmit over-the-air in High Definition when its first HD transmitters began operating in Toronto and Vancouver in 2005. CTV was also the first national broadcaster to transmit a feed in High Definition when CTV HD East debuted in 2003, followed by CTV HD West in 2004. CTV has applied to the CRTC for additional transitional digital television licenses in other major Canadian markets.

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