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Dwellings very rarely have a conventional (hertzian) television jack with an antenna on the roof. To receive channels in this fashion, you have to buy your personal antenna. Reception is often very poor, depending on the geographic location of the dwelling.


English channelsFrench channels
CBC                Canadian public televisionRadio CanadaCanadian public television
CJNTPrivate channelTélé-QuébecQuébec public television
CTVPrivate channelCanal SavoirDocumentary channel
GlobalPrivate channelTVAPrivate channel
CINT (E!)Private channelCanal VPrivate channel


In Montréal, you can pick up a few American channels. A cable connection will give you all major American networks. Please note that for television series fans, this allows you to watch them on the day that they are aired and not have to wait a few months for their Canadian airing.


North American televisions use the NTSC display standard, whereas in Europe, the PAL standard is used. Consequently, any video equipment that you may want to bring from your country must be equipped with this standard to be able to work here (e.g. digital television decoders, video game consoles, DVD or videotape players). 

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