Canada’s CTV Network hast recently started putting full-length episodes of prime TV shows online. CTV is one of Canada’s three major television networks. It carries about half of the major U.S. primetime shows in Canada. Global carries the other half.
The new service is available here (see the ‘Watch Online at CTV.ca’ heading to the right). Episodes can be viewed full screen, though the resolution is quite low by Hulu standards. Episodes are divided into segments/clips, presumably matching how shows are segmented between commercials when broadcast. Canadians can fast forward and rewind or jump from segment to segment. Users cannot, however, fast forward through the short commercials (about 10 to 15 seconds each) that play before some, but not all, segments. So far I haven’t seen many commercials. Below is a picture of the interface:
A FAQ is available here. Multiple seasons/episodes of some shows, like ‘The Daily Show’ are available. Only the most recent of others, like Lost and Grey’s Anatomy, are available. I’ve tested several shows and so far the system works well – though the resolution certainly needs a boost.
Below is a list of the shows currently available:
- The Colbert Report
- Comedy Now!
- Corner Gas
- Daily Planet
- The Daily Show
- Degrassi: The Next Generation
- Desperate Housewives
- Fashion Television
- Gossip Girl
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Instant Star
- Mad Men
- Paris Hilton’s My New BFF
- Private Practice
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Two and a Half Men
This is no Hulu, but its a start.
[Update: For Global’s on line lineup, see ‘Canada’s Global Network Also Offers Full Primetime TV Episodes Online’]
FYI, Global carries only full episodes for seven (rather lame) online show right now: The Guard Global Currents Focus Ontario X-Treme Sports Global National ‘da Kink in my Hair 90210
For more information on the availability of full TV episodes in Canada see: