I think the idea is no matter whether you have a HD or SD STB, you can use the same channel number. If you want the SD channel on a HD STB, you can still select it on a higher channel number. This is all explained in the Rogers Auto HD FAQ.
Yes, but only on channels 2-99. So if you want to record the SD version of a station you still can, but you need to select the SD version fo the station in the 100+ up instead of the 2-99 range.
EXAMPLE: CFTO (CTV Toronto) is Channel 8 and has Conan on at midnight. Previously, if I wanted to record it before in SD, I could just plug in channel 8 or channel 108 and vola. If I wanted to record in HD I could just type in 518 and vola. Now with Auto-HD, if I want to record Conan in SD I need to tune to channel 108. If I want the HD feed I type in 8 or 518.
This is a feature that many of the US companies have added, so there must be a market for it, especially for people who are only used to the 2-99 range and haven't been trained to go to the 500 range. I often see my mother watching her soaps in the 2-99 in non-HD and then I tell her to change the channel to try and teach her. There really is no problem with this feature in the end.
I wonder if part of the reason for this is to free up channel numbers for all the HD stations that will be coming next year. Right now I can watch several SD channels from across the country, but HD only from Toronto and Vancouver. Will Rogers be carrying HD from Calgary, Winnipeg, etc.?
Because my HD draws close to 350 Watts I tend to watch my HD set only when something pretty special is on, otherwise I'll watch it on an SD set.
I now have AutoHD and it makes sense for me that I no longer have to strain my feable mind to remember which 500 series channels equate to 3, 6, or 8 and whether or not my program is available in HD or not.
My wife would NEVER look for an HD equivalent but I would insist on disturbing her program to find it in HD for her. I never scored points for this! But I won't thank Rogers until they drag themselves further out of the 19th Century.
Just got the phone notification that it's being rolled out here in Waterloo. Frankly, I think this is a whole lot of hullabaloo over nothing. It's just a channel map change for a subset of settop boxes.
As far as I'm concerned, for once this is good thing that Rogers is doing and I applaud them for it.
What I find interesting in all this, and it hasn't been discussed, is not all channels in the 2-99 range are going to have this enabled. Example, Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, Pacific and One will all have this feature, as will The Score, but for reasons that make no sense TSN and TSN2 isn't included in this... Raptors NBA TV will have AutoHD but Leafs TV won't... very odd...
Leafs TV HD only broadcasts live games shown on Leaf TV. The channel is blacked out at any other time. Auto tuning to Leafs TV HD would be senseless. What would make sense is that Leafs TV broadcasts full-time in HD but that is a different issue.
Ok fair point about Leafs TV... so lets take a different channel then... how about The Shopping Channel... where is the sense of not having Auto Tune for that station since it is in HD for free for all subs and its a basic station....?
I'm actually liking the feature because I can never remember the correct channel numbers in the 500 range for stuff I like, so this suits me fine. I hardly watch anything that is not HD, guess I've become spoiled.
This morning my non-PVR HD box was stuck at the SA logo screen. It may have just rebooted when the kids turned it on, but after a couple of minutes I just pulled the plug and re-started it. When it came up, some of lower-numbered channels not only didn't ahve any info (typical after a re-boot, while the guide data is being populated), but also had no video (solid green).
Is it possible that this is how it looks when the re-mapping starts to happen? I didn't have time to check it more thoroughly, or check the 8300 downstairs. And I haven't been home since (and won't be for another couple of hours).
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