Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Eastern Ontario (Ottawa/Kingston)
QAM cable tuner on COGECO - give it a try.
Found out recently, if you get a TV, or box receiver, with a good, combined Analog Cable tuner, and QAM Cable tuner, that on Cogeco Kingston, there are some digital TV services over cable that are not encrypted / not scrambled / viewable "in the clear".
ie. Cogeco Kingston has some/quite a few un-scrambled QAM digital channels that you can view - with your own equipment.
Not sure how long those QAM channels will remain - cable co. can scramble/encrypt at any time. Or move around all over the place on QAM ...
But while they're available ... nice to watch.
Maybe it's like a promotion or something.
Maybe that's going to be the new way to deliver un-scrambled / un-encrypted content / channels to the customer. QAM rather than Analog.
Gave it a shot last few times in Kingston, and not bad viewing.
TV took 15-20 minutes for the TV to do the full combined analog and QAM cable "SCAN", but once done ... there were around 70 or so QAM channels with funny numbers.
I had to go through them afterwards, and make a hard copy "list" on paper - as a sort of guide.
Various channels, a few HD ones, lots of SD ones, and a bunch of music only and radio station channels, re-broadcast via cable.
O.K. - much better content ... while it lasts ...
But why the heck does COGECO Kingston not mention this to it's Customers ?
I guess they'd rather sell / rent COGECO HD boxes and subscriptions.
Maybe they don't anticipate offering these free digital services for very long.
Straight forward suggestion:
( Anyone out there in Cogeco Territory, other cities - Hook up a QAM Cable tuner, do a cable scan - and see what comes up )
Last edited by 57; 2011-04-17 at 11:40 AM.
Reason: Moved to existing thread, read earlier posts.