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Over-The-Air Transmitter Channel Changes

Why are these over-the-air channel changes happening?

This “TV channel repack” program will open a new band of spectrum to wireless communication providers in both Canada and the U.S.

Who decided to make these over-the-air channel changes?

The changes were mandated by Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, and by the Federal Communications Commission in the U.S.

When will affected CTV stations change channels?

Starting on February 26, 2021.

Who will these changes affect?

Viewers who currently receive their television signal over-the-air using a rooftop antenna or “rabbit ears” will lose reception due to a government mandated signal conversion. Viewers will be required to upgrade to HDTV. A channel re-scan must be performed to find and save channel changes. Viewers watching CTV channels via direct-to-home satellite, cable, and Bell Fibe services will not be affected.

How do I re-scan my television?

Channel scanning is usually found under the “Menu” and “Channel” options. Look for a command to “auto program” or “scan” your channels. The process can take several minutes to complete. Consult your TV manual for model specific details.

After the change is completed, will CTV be listed under a different channel number on my TV?

The changes taking place are largely hidden to the viewer. The actual frequency of transmission will change, requiring viewers to re-scan, but the channel number displayed on your TV set will remain unchanged.

Will I need to change my antenna?

Your existing antenna should continue to work as before.

Which CTV channels will change as a result of this over-the-air transition?

There are several rounds of transmitter changes taking place across the country. This round of changes, which began in 2019, will take place during the early hours of February 26 and include the following stations:  

  • CTV Banff’s Channel 7 is moving from analog to DTV format.
  • CTV Canmore’s Channel 45 is changing to Channel 26 and moving from analog to DTV format.
  • CTV Pigeon Mountain’s Channel 40 is changing to Channel to 15 and moving from analog to DTV format.

I need more information. Where can I find it?

You can find more information for your market online at the home page as follows: 

I want to contact my local station. How can I get in touch with them?

Email is the best way to contact your local station: