Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I wouldn't rush out to get a card to try to grab the digital channels.
I've tried tuning in Rogers digital channels with my Dvico FusionHDTV5 and get pretty much the same results.
I picked up about 331 QAM256 digital channels, about 300 of them encrypted. I only get a handfull of 'real' channels that I could watch, such as Global, CityTV, CBC, Rogers preview and help channels. I did also pick up the digital audio channels, but they occasionally broke up.
The rest are the "on demand" feeds to various customers. So you get to watch them fast forward, pause, rewind, and the channel will drop when they stop the viewing.
I would guess Rogers probably doesn't bother encrypting the feeds you can normally get on the cheap or wouldn't want to pay for, since encrypting hardware costs money.
The digital receiving cards that also handle analog channels, I found, do not do a good job of receiving analog channels. So I ended up buying the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR analog TV tuner card, the quality is top notch for 480i.
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