Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Calgary AB, Signal Hill (Westhills)
Located in SW Calgary, a few miles from most of the OTA broadcast towers. No complaints with the switch to digital reception using an indoor Stealth Hawk mounted on a high bookcase. Most of the 8 channels converted from analog a year ago. Access (CIAN channel 13) decided going digital wasn't worth it and pulled the plug.
But the recent SRC (Societe Radio-Canada) CBRFT is the big loss, as my wife is French-Canadian (we speak it in the house; even the cat [Dijon] responds). On July 31st, the one year extension on analog SRC expired and we dearly miss it.
Inquired on the Shaw Direct LTSS program; got the email details, but need more tech info before sending in the form.
Essentially we would plan to use the dish/receiver only for the French CBC. The others they provide are ones that we already receive digitally or are duplicates from Edmonton. We currently also get Omni and CTS OTA, which Shaw does not provide in their LTSS pkg. However, I see Shaw also provides Access, which would be nice to get back.
We're currently using a Motorola MDR515H/F7 HDD Recorder for our OTA, and looking at the manual, it seems to accept cable and satellite signals. Couple of questions: I'm new to cable or satellite and notice in the daily newspaper program guides that the channel numbers are a way up there (like 200 to 700). My digital TV and the PVR seem to accept only up to channel numbers 125 or so. So how does that work ? And if 75% of our TV viewing is OTA, would we use a sort of A/B coax switch to get SRC French from the dish while maintaing the connection to our indoor antenna ? I'm assuming that current OTA picture quality will exceed that from Shaw SD.
I'm also concerned about the outside mounting and running cable through the house, and would like to discuss this with them before they start punching holes. Then again, I shouldn't complain if it's free.