Our Service to Canada
WTVS Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is the non-commercial, viewer supported PBS-member station watched by more than 1.5 million people per week in Detroit and Southeast Michigan and another 1.2 million people per week throughout Canada via cable and satellite.
In 1982, Detroit Public Television was selected as the first PBS station to be transmitted via satellite across Canada. Approximately 13% of the families that support DPTV each year are Canadian. We reach you through:
Detroit Public Television listens to what our Canadian viewers and supporters tell us about the programs they like. In response, we have added British comedies and dramas to the lineup and new how-to series. Furthermore, we work with Canadian producers to bring their programs to U.S. television, and we are especially proud to work with cable companies to assist our shared viewers - it's the best in neighbourly cooperation.
No matter where you are, we are proud that Detroit Public Television is your choice for quality programming and that you find our 24-hour service worthy of your time and your support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I'm from Canada, and I'd like to give the station a gift. Will I be charged in U.S. or Canadian funds?
A: Because our bank is in the United States, all charge card pledges are automatically charged in U.S. funds. We cannot take charges in Canadian funds. We appreciate all donations, but we do buy all our programming and services with U.S. dollars. However, on checks from Canada you can either specify U.S. funds, or we will accept them at par if you would like to pay that way.
Q: I pledged during the last pledge drive. How long will it be before I receive my bonus item?
A: On the average, it takes about six to eight (6-8) weeks for you to receive your bonus item (DVD, CDs, tote bags, etc.) after making a donation. We try to pre-order a small quantity of most items before each drive to expedite delivery, but availability and demand sometimes result in delays. We do mail most items at the first class rate, and we usually ship "combo" items separately. We'll try to let you know if there will be a delivery delay. If you signed up for the installment plan, you will receive your bonus item after the majority of your pledge has been paid. Gifts sent to Canada are shipped First Class via the Canadian postal service. By law, we must include a Customs Declaration, including a description of the gift and its fair market value. Please note you may be required to pay a duty upon arrival of the gift.
Q: I made a pledge to the station this year. How much of my donation is tax deductible?
A: Canadian residents may receive a tax break if they have a source of taxable income from the United States. DPTV is a U.S. non-profit organisation, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law if you itemise on a U.S. 1040 form. You must deduct the fair market value of any bonus item received for deductions. Please consult your tax advisor.