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I found this old thread today. As this thread is five years old, everyone's best channels probably evolved.

So, list your favorite ten channels. Are channels better now than then?

Here's mine:

  1. Documentary
  2. Discovery Health
  3. One
  4. Book
  5. Discovery
  6. BBC News
  7. National Geographic
  8. Historia (french)
  9. Mystère (french)
  10. RDI (french)
 

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I'm a news guy and subsequently most of my favorite channels are going to be news channels. The list is as follows:

1 AlJazeera English
2 BBC World News
3 CNN International
4 CBC Newsworld
5 MSNBC
6 CBC
7 CTV
8 Global
9 CNN USA
10 BNN
 

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1 TVO
2 Discovery
3 Discovery Civilization
4 BNN
5 Food Channel
6 BBC Canada
7 City TV ( news only)
8 Speed ( during F1 season only)
9 TSN ( During F1 season only)
10 WNED ( I refuse to watch when they are fundraising)
 

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In no particular order:

- Military Channel
- Discovery HD
- Oasis HD
- Fox News Channel
- Fox
- Discovery Civilization
- Speed HD
- Showcase Action
- HDNet
- Superchannel HD2
 

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Going by appearances in my PVR upcoming recordings

CBC
YTV
DriveIn
WGN (CW)
ABC
Fox
Space
History
CTV
CBS

And the 1 channel that I watch live:

Weathernetwork
 

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In no particular order (this was hard...could just say the 20 or so HD channels)
  1. TSN/TSN2
  2. SNET (Flames, MLB)
  3. NBC (The Office, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights...)
  4. FOX (Simpsons, Fam Guy, Fringe...)
  5. E! (The Soup, Chelsea Lately)
  6. Showcase (Weeds, KVS)
  7. HDNet
  8. Movie Central/HBO
  9. Encore Ave HD
 

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I kind of break my favourites into two categories, sports and everything else. I can't really compare the two, so my favourite sports channels are

1. TSN/TSN2 - I probably couldn't live without it
2. Sportsnet - mostly for baseball, Premier League and Senators games
3. The Score - except for Premier League, college football and NBA, I don't watch it
4. Raptors TV - I hate watching the Raptors, so it provides an alternative


As for channels that I watch primetime programming on
1. Fox - I watch about 6 shows, including most of my favourites
2. CBS - I watch 8 or 9 shows, but they aren't as good as the ones I watch on Fox
3. CBC - I watch it a few times a week
4. NBC - I almost never watch it, I watch the Law & Orders once in a while
5. ABC - They have my favourite show, Lost, but that's about it for ABC
6. CTV - They have a couple good Canadian shows

CTV Newsnet gets an honourable mention, thats where I usually watch news. Also, CBS, CBC and NBC are my favourite OTA networks as far as sports go.
 

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1) BBC Canada (EE)
2) CBC (CS)
3) Space
4) Scream
5) Drive In Classics
6) CityTV (Toronto)

If BBC Canada folded, we'd cut the cable no question.

The rest is filler. I'm primarily a radio listener.

Being on the tenth floor facing southeast with a great view, even though below the "hill", analogue US stuff came in well with a UHF loop.

The CN tower is visible to the north-East. Great OTA... Just need one of them there DTV boxes and a coat hanger and away we go. :) (well, almost)

Cameron
 

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1. ESPN
2. HBO
3. ESPN2
4. CBS
5. FOX
6. ESPNU
7. NBC
8. FSN (Fox Sports Network)
9. ESPNEWS
10. Cinemax

You didn't seriously think there would be Canadian stations in here, did you? BTW, I realized how much ABC sucks; I can't think of one program I watch on there other than some college basketball and the occasional NBA game.
 

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My PVR's favourite channels are fewer than ten:
  1. CBC
  2. PBS
  3. NBC
  4. Fox
  5. Space
  6. Movie Central
  7. HBO Canada
(all in HD, with the lamentable exception of Space.)

Of course, I have to subscribe to about 300 channels just to get those seven. Grrr...
 

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The channels that my wife and I watch most are:

- CBS
- FOX
- NBC
- HGTV
- CTV Newsnet
- Discovery Channel
- OASIS HD
- TLC
- A&E
- TMN
- HBO Canada
- Super Channel
 

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Based on PVR series recordings and recorded shows still to watch:
1 CBS
2 Fox
3 NBC
4 ABC
5 WGN
6 CBC
7 Discovery
8 Movie Central
9 HBO Canada
10 CNN (watch live)
 

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No special order but favourite channels based on hours watched:

TCM (Turner Classic Movies; where else can a film buff see these films?)
Bloomberg (esp. evening Asian markets coverage)
TV Estrella (from Mexico; gotta love the talk shows!)
MSNBC (go Keith! Go Rachel! woohoo!)
HBO (Bill Maher, Life and Times of Tim, Little Britain USA)
Newsworld HD (great docs and second chance at The National, The Hour)
Rogers (free) 100 On Demand (including current season episodes 30 Rock, Heroes, House on my schedule)
CityTV HD (esp. the news and Breakfast show)
HDNet (esp. Dan Rather and some of the concerts)
WNED HD (consistently interesting stuff, inc. Frontline, Lehrer Report)
 

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as per most watched...

1) Showtime
2) HBO
3) TSN/ESPN
4) Rogers Sportsnet West
5) CBS
6) Fox
7) NBC
8) Global (Calgary News)
9) FSN South
10) ESPNews
 

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My top ten channels

1. Superchannel (Fan of Horror, SI-FI, Action, and Anime movies watch about 5-10 a week at least)SD and HD
2. Animal Planet (Interest in various animals)
3. G4 Tech TV (into computers and gaming)
4. Encore Avenue (Like lots of older movies) HD
5. Food Network (Love Cooking)
6. National Geographic Channel HD
7. Discovery Channel HD
8. Space (Watch it for Star Trek)
9. A&E HD
10. BBC World (Like it for world news)
 

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1 - A&E HD
2 - Space
3 - TSN HD
4 - Sportsnet HD
5 - Fox HD
6 - Encore Avenue HD
7 - MovieTime
8 - Animal Planet
9 - CBC HD
10 - Discovery Channel HD
 

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1)tmn
2)hbo canada
3)hln
4)lcn
5)mpix
6)dejaview
7)tvland canada
8)fox news
9)cbs
10)civilization.
no hd receiver yet. i am sure if i would have hd receiver that will probably change...
 
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