May 29, 2022

Canada: Television Archives: TVO Launches Digital Public Archive Online

TVO, public/educational television from Ontario, has just launched a new online video archive with material their first 40 years of broadcasting. At the present time the archive ncludes over 325 programs and segments with more to come.

You can keyword search for shows or browse collections or the most viewed programs, programs new to the archive, featured  and featured shows. You can also browse the archive by:

From Today’s News Release:

TVO’s Public Archive features beloved TVO programs that have defined TVO over the years. It launches with over 375 programs and segments that would take more than five days to watch. The site includes episodes of Polka Dot Door, Today’s Special, Prisoners of Gravity, Imprint, Realities, Studio 2, the interviews portion of Saturday Night at the Movies, The Education of Mike McManus, Between the Lines and more. It also includes the new “Think Again” podcast series where programs are re-cut and re-mixed, examining important issues and placing them in context of the world today. New content will be added to the Public Archive regularly.

TVO’s Public Archive is a valuable resource for researchers, filmmakers, writers, bloggers and anyone who wants to learn more about the cultural history that has made Ontario what it is today.

Here are three interviews from the TVO archive that might be of interest to some of you (no matter where you’re from):

+ From 1993: Leonard Cohen
+ From 2001: Ursula K. LeGuin
+ From 2000: Linus Torvalds

By the way, we spot checked material from several programs and had no problem viewing it from the U.S.

See Also: TVO Archive Blog
See Also: TVO on Facebook
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See Also: TVO Opens Up the Archives (via

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