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Programming FAQs

Q. When is my favourite program coming back?  What time will it air?
A. Scheduling information on our web site is updated frequently.  Please continue to check for the most up to date programming information.

Q. I missed my favourite program.  Can I buy a copy from CTV?
A: Unfortunately CTV does not have the rights to sell any of our programs. CTV only purchases the rights to broadcast our programming. However, many of our programs are available online so please visit

Q. Why are there so many crime programs on your schedule?
A: CTV strives to provide viewers with a variety of programming.  We've got great comedies like The Big Bang Theory and The Goldbergs, dramas like Cardinal, This Is Us and Grey's Anatomy and reality programs like The Amazing Race Canada and The Voice.

Q. Why can't I watch my favourite program in HD?
A: This may be for a couple of reasons.  The program may not be produced in HD or the channel you are watching may not have the capability to broadcast in HD.

Q. What is signal substitution?
A: As you flip through TV channels, you may notice that you're seeing Canadian ads on American channels. This is the result of signal substitution.

Signal substitution is when a distributor temporarily replaces the signal of one TV channel with another channel that's showing the same program at the same time. Usually, an American signal is replaced with a Canadian signal. Sometimes, a Canadian signal from outside your area is replaced with a local signal.  A program that originates in the US may be showing in both Canada and the US at the same time. The Canadian broadcaster airs Canadian ads but the program is the same. So when program substitution occurs, the only difference is that you see Canadian commercials on an American channel.

Q. Why do commercials seem louder than programs?
A: There are many reason commercials may seem louder than programs. Please click here for more information on commercial audio levels.
Q. Does CTV air programs with descriptive video?
A: CTV airs many programs with DV such as Lucifer, The Amazing Race Canada, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, W5, The Big Bang Theory and many other programs including movies.
Q. How can I get tickets to The Marilyn Denis Show?
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Q. How can I get tickets to The Social?
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