Originally Posted by lhowarth
I guess in my case the usefulness of a NSTC tuner in a recording device will depend on what the cable companies do.
With respect to the TR-50, (or "DTVPal DVR" as it is now called) the speculation is that it is intended for OTA use only and is not cable compatible, so I guess it is irrelevant for your.
Are they going to distribute analog in Canada after 2011? What are they going to do with the US stations as of Feb. 2009?
Neither analog shutdown should have any affect on cable users (unless they use the confusion about the 2011 shutdown to "blame" government for their own shutdown). The cable companies will take the digital signal received from the stations and convert it to analog for their customers.
If they swing to full ASTC format in 2011 does that mean the end to charging extra for digital? HD? Are they considering QUM only?
The 2011 shutdown has nothing to do with the cable companies. The CRTC has set separate rules for how the cable companies can to switch to digital only if they want to, but they are not forcing them to do so.
The reality is analog service gives the cable services a competative advantage over the DTH services as people do not need digital boxes for secondary and tertiary TVs. As a result I believe (and this is my own personal opinion) that cable companies will continue to provide basic analog service for many years to come. Having said that, they may drop the 2nd tier channels (Discovery Channel, TLC, CNN, etc.) from analog service in the near future.
I'm really curious as to what "basic" cable will be after 2011when most of what they want to charge extra for now, will be free OTA?
The proposal for cable companies to pay to carry broadcast stations is completely independent of the analog shutdown and it is still unknown if it will happen.
Hard to buy a new recorder or for that matter a tv, with so many unanswered questions!
Very true, and the cable companies aren't doing much to help clarify things as they want you to buy their PVR.