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).