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2015-11-17 02:32 PM
mrvanwinkles Kingston Update:

Clear QAM on Cogeco Kingston pretty much ALL GONE - maybe a couple months ago I noticed - so maybe August / September 2015 time frame.

Reduced down to maybe only a few audio only channels now - like maybe a couple radio station channels.

Whatever was left after my last post above - has pretty much disappeared and been encrypted.

That's what I noticed a couple months ago.

Gone in Kingston for the most part.

bye bye
2015-05-02 01:33 PM
COGECO Kingston - Clear QAM - changes & reductions noted.

Clear QAM channels - Cogeco - in Kingston.
( i.e. Unencrypted / open - Digital channels on cable here. )

Checked again this morning, Sat May 2, 2015

After a necessary QAM re-scan / channels moved all around.

About 60 or so Clear QAM channels remain.
Down from around 100 Clear QAM channels before.

Very few of them have video.

Mostly all just AUDIO channels - Radio stations rebroadcast on Cable, or those commercial free Music Channels.

So definite changes and reductions in Clear QAM on Cogeco Kingston here.

I figure they're continuing to work on it here.

Recent Changes / reductions seen and noted.
2015-04-30 04:12 PM
Clear QAM - Cogeco Kingston - changes / a few ch gone.

Clear QAM channels - Cogeco - in Kingston.
( i.e. Unencrypted / open - Digital channels on cable here. )

Checked on Fri April 24, 2015.

A few Clear QAM channels are gone / I noted a few missing - however many are still open and viewable still. (Kingston).
[ all SD - standard definition, some TV channels & some music channels - remain. none are HD ]

So there are changes happening on Clear QAM - Kingston - Cogeco.

Will have a look again - to check again.

But seems there is "movement" / changes happening in Kingston on the Clear QAM stuff.

Must be "in-process" of encrypting / removing clear QAM here. (at least some of it - anyway).

Will see how this develops .
2015-04-19 07:00 PM
cableredneck Depending on your location, you could use an antenna to get network channels. For speciality channels, you will have to get a digital box from Cogeco or other provider.
2015-04-19 02:15 AM
joeags Same here. Only free preview channels and a few Cogeco 14 stations. I had used the hauppauge 950q for backup recordings of SD shows, but that is no longer an option. Bummer, no options other than the set-top boxes.
2015-04-17 03:33 PM
HowieDoin Curious to see if I can scan in the Ice Dogs game tonight. Im in Niagara region.
2015-04-17 11:44 AM
57 Those filters were used for analogue signals. As far as I know, they didn't affect the (most?) digital signals/frequencies, hence encryption is required. Yes, now that they use encryption, it eliminates cable theft and eliminates a huge number of truck rolls, especially for programming changes. With a-la-carte on the way, it's become a necessity since all channel selection will be handled remotely. Also with STBs the provider can do a lot of diagnosis of signal remotely, etc.

Most providers never bothered with a truck roll to install a filter because they hoped the user would re-subscribe to cable TV - it just wasn't worth their while to make the trip. I'm not sure why it took Cogeco so long to encrypt. Satellite and IPTV has always been encrypted and most cable companies have been encrypted (at least above basic) for years.

Most providers now have a minimum of analogue channels with some providers now totally digital.
2015-04-17 11:22 AM
jbamford Didn't they use to filter out the TV signals if you only subscribed to their Internet service? Probably a lot easier to simply encrypt everything so you can't watch anything without a cable box. No truck-roll required.
2015-04-17 10:39 AM
57 Threads merged, into appropriate forum. Please read the FAQ link in post 2. Cogeco was one of the few providers that still had some clear QAM. Based on the recent posts in this thread, almost all channels are now encrypted, just like on other providers. They will not come back. This can vary by location, as mentioned in the FAQ.
2015-04-17 03:34 AM
Cogeco Has Gone To Full Encryption - Free Channels Gone

Originally Posted by casanova1012
How can i get them back?
You cannot. They used to be delivered in what is called "clear QAM" that any modern TV could receive, but they are now delivered in encrypted QAM so you will never see them again without paying Cogeco for a set top box.

If you want to get free OTA channels then we will be very happy to help you set up your home for OTA reception.

2015-04-16 07:57 PM
casanova1012 Same here. All my channels have disappeared. I have cogeco internet, my cable is connected to the tv. Did a channel search, all there is are music and preview channels. How can i get them back?
2015-04-16 02:29 PM
denben73 Nope.

This is what I get as of today:

31.911 - Black screen (nothing has ever shown up here)
32.736 - Sportsnet One HD (Free Preview)
32.911 - Black Screen (nothing has ever shown up here)
84.761 - FXX HD
85.101 - Cogeco VOD corner ad (I have no idea what to call this, this is what appears in the top right corner when you are browsing the VOD menus)
86.101 - Black Screen (nothing has ever shown up here)
101.1477 - Stingray Music - Country Classics
102.1463 - Stingray Music - Urban Beat
107.1459 - Stingray Music - Hit List
110.751 - W Movies HD
119.911 - Black Screen (nothing has ever shown up here)
123.759 - Cottage Life (Free Preview)
125.927 - TV Cogeco
126.145 - Action (Free Preview)
128.1 - Cogeco VOD Preview Channel
128.149 - W Movies (Free Preview)
129.911 - Black Screen (nothing has ever shown up here)
2015-04-16 12:38 PM
Jason Spaceman Is CBC News Network still available on 64-28? I was getting it up until this past Monday, now it's gone.

I thought maybe my signal was just weak and I need an amp or to run the cable straight from the wall to the TV rather than through my surge protector.
2015-04-16 01:01 AM
denben73 Well, clear QAM is basically history now, at least with the Windsor system.

There were about 50 to 60 channels in the clear ranging from the Detroit stations, various cable channels, local channels like TVCogeco and TWN and Stingray Channels. Those were SD with a few HDs. Basically, the only thing coming through right now are some of the channels that are free preview in SD, Sportsnet 1 & FXX in HD (both in preview), the VOD barker channel and 3 Stingray channels to make 12 channels. There are also 4 channels that get tuned but have nothing on them at all, they have been there since I started scanning weeks ago.

2015-04-15 02:45 AM
stampeder Yep, that's what we were talking about, and definitely it is either that the TVs are set to CATV instead of Antenna, or else there is a Signal Leakage problem.

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