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technocar2

join:2009-05-29
Brampton, ON
kudos:2
reply to TOPDAWG

Re: [TV] Where to get a cheap digital converter TV box?

All that's needed is a tunner that will scan all the known frequencies that cable cos use. My HDTV's digital tuner can do that and gets all clear digital and analog channels no problem. But these converter boxes aren't built to the same standard as TV built-in tuners are.



elitefx

join:2011-02-14
London, ON
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Noob here. Question: Why does Rogers say we need to rent one of their boxes (digital terminals) for Rogers DIGITAL cable if a new TV has a digital tuner? What's the need for a Rogers digital box??

Can you not just plug the coax cable (from the wall) directly into the back of the Digital Tuner enabled TV and receive all the digital channels in your selected Digital package??


technocar2

join:2009-05-29
Brampton, ON
kudos:2

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said by elitefx:

Noob here. Question: Why does Rogers say we need to rent one of their boxes (digital terminals) for Rogers DIGITAL cable if a new TV has a digital tuner? What's the need for a Rogers digital box??

Can you not just plug the coax cable (from the wall) directly into the back of the Digital Tuner enabled TV and receive all the digital channels in your selected Digital package??

You can get all the channels that used to be analog in digital for free by using a newer TV. But the rest of the digital channels are encrypted so you need a powerful cable box for that to decrypt the signal and you need keys to decrypt. And so far no once has cracked the code.

But the digital adapter only does what a newer TV's tuner does with the exception that Rogers can remotely tell the adapter to only allow the required channels that the customer subscribes to, for example basic, extended or full extended. But a TV tuner will always get the full extended because rogers has no way of blocking the channels. Of course this is only possible because rogers has kept those channels as clear unencrypted channels.

So basically anything that's unencrypted you don't need a cable box for that. For exaample the analog and analog converter to digital or the TV mix channels; they are also unencrypted and you can get those without cable box (but for the TV mix the audio is encrypted so you won't get audio for that channel).

yyzlhr

join:2012-09-03
Scarborough, ON
kudos:2
reply to elitefx

said by elitefx:

Noob here. Question: Why does Rogers say we need to rent one of their boxes (digital terminals) for Rogers DIGITAL cable if a new TV has a digital tuner? What's the need for a Rogers digital box??

Can you not just plug the coax cable (from the wall) directly into the back of the Digital Tuner enabled TV and receive all the digital channels in your selected Digital package??

Rogers does not and has not broadcast any channels in clear QAM for several years now. They used to have the music stations in clear QAM but I believe those have been migrated to SDV so you need a STB capable of two way communications to get those channels.

bdoyledimou

join:2002-08-20
Markham, ON

I just tried this myself with with our 19" bathroom tv which is connected to a Rogers analog only cable in Markham.

I received 60 Analog channels, and 45 Digital channels. One digital channel is the Rogers News 6 pack -- the other 44 are audio only digital music channels.