In addition to Shaw Digital Cable TV and Bell ExpressVu, you may want to check out StarChoice...I know they carry a whole wack of HD channels, and most of them are included as part of the cost of the "Essentials" package, which is the second cheapest programming package they offer. Of course, you need to have one of their Motorola receivers which is capable of receiving and displaying the HD content (the DSR 5xx series I believe).
Their DSR 2xx and DSR 3xx (and older DSR 4xx without an HDD 2xx sidecar box) series are not HD capable.
And there is also the MTS Digital TV being offered to most of Winnipeg...I don't know how much HD content they carry if any, and since I don't live in Winnipeg anymore, it's a moot point for me to investigate/research that one.
Concerning digital OTA reception in Manitoba (and Winnipeg), I feel your frustration, believe me I do! But as I understand it, it would cost each of our local stations astronomical amounts of money to purchase, install, and implement all the equipment necessary to begin broadcasting digital OTA.
So bottom line is, if you live in Manitoba, your only options for receiving digital tv signals (not OTA mind you) at the time of this post (Spring 2007) are:
- StarChoice (digital satellite)
- Bell ExpressVu (digital satellite)
- Shaw Digital Cable TV (in cities serviced by Shaw)
- MTS Digital TV (over the DSL/phone lines, Winnipeg only)
I think there is also some service called Skycable or something like that...not sure if they are still around....they broadcast a terrestrial signal and one needs a special antenna (and set top box) with direct line of sight to the transmitter...I've heard mixed results and opinions on that service over the years, but I don't really know a whole lot about it. Just mentioning it here for completeness.