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anon

@shawcable.net

Shaw digital cable

I have bundled TV service with Shaw. I have 2 TVs, one in living room, one in bedroom, only the TV in living room is hooked up to a set-top box. In the past, I had been able to watch basic channels on the bedroom TV, until a few weeks ago when I got a message on the screen to the effect that now the cable is digital and I need to upgrade. BTW, I have no problem with the TV connected to the set-top box at all.

My question is: if I buy a new TV with a digital tuner, would I still be able to watch basic channels with out a set-top box? Or does digital cable simply mean that every TV needs a set-top box to watch anything at all?

TIA.



georgem

@shawcable.net

You'll need a set top box for each television.

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kevinds

join:2003-05-01
Calgary, AB
kudos:2
reply to anon

Re: Shaw digital cable

Basic cable should continue to work (I am not aware of any place that is removing the basic channels), the extra tiered channels, yes you will need a cable terminal.

While your TV has the digital tuner, the channels are encrypted so that they can't be watched without paying, which requires the terminal to decode
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Anonimuz

join:2008-12-08
canada

Some of the smaller systems are moving to digital only, so a DCT will be needed to get any programming.



Anon

@shawcable.net
reply to kevinds

Thanks very much the replies. I do find it a bit surprising that even the basic local channels, ie. CBC, local news, community channel, are now encrypted on the digital cable. Recall the days of analog cable, all these local channels were always directly accessible without any decoder box. Aren't there any laws that require the basic channels be maintained that way?


tlhIngan

join:2002-07-08
Richmond, BC
kudos:1
reply to Anonimuz

said by Anonimuz:

Some of the smaller systems are moving to digital only, so a DCT will be needed to get any programming.

Larger networks as well - Surrey BC is all digital.

Of course, requiring a decoder means it's easier to switch to a competitor - one of the big advantages Shaw has over Bell and Telus was you could run TVs on Shaw without a box, but on Bell (satellite) and Telus you needed a box on every TV.

But since you need a box on every TV, well, you start thinking about cutting the cord or going to a competitor - if you have to buy new boxes anyways...

corbin

join:2013-09-13
reply to Anon

said by Anon :

Recall the days of analog cable, all these local channels were always directly accessible without any decoder box. Aren't there any laws that require the basic channels be maintained that way?

No. As satellite-direct-to-home and DSL-based-IPTV services (See: Bell, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Direct, Telus as examples) require a box to gain service, it is completely acceptable for a MSO to require this as well. They just have to carry certain channels by requirement, with no specifics about them being analog or unencrypted.

You can buy an HD Antenna and likely get some service over the air still, if you TV has a QAM Tuner.

Disclaimer: This is my personal understanding, I am by no means an expert or authority on this topic.
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