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Shaw Cable analogue to digital migration

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I received a notice from my apartment building, who bundles basic cable into my rent, and was told that Shaw needs to install digital boxes to remain receiving basic cable. Makes no difference to me since I already have a HD PVR, an HD box (awaiting a new TV to hook it up to as it is a rental) and a SD box. But here in Lloydminster are they phasing out analog cable altogether or did my apartment building make this decision?

If so, does this mean that Lloydminster will finally receive all the channels Shaw offers elsewhere such as Canadian Timeshifting and Superchannel? I would assume this would be a solution to the finite capacity issue as I understand that digital has a higher capacity (possibly infinite like IPTV) and could carry all of these channels without a capacity issue.
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Actually going all digital has nothing to do with Shaw's Personalizer Plan. You can still be all digital and receive their old packaging options.
Shaw Going 100% Digital In Aug 2012!!

Actually the 2 previous posts are not quite accurate. Shaw will indeed be going totally digital but it will happen next year in Aug 2012 as per this quote I got from It doesn't say anything on Cartt about analog basic remaining there so I don't know, it says "all" customers will be digital.

"That second phase will be enabled by the complete reclamation of all analog cable TV spectrum, which will be done over the next 16 months. That means all Shaw Cable customers will be digital come the end of August 2012.

Reclaiming that network spectrum will increase the network’s capacity “six-fold,” said Bissonnette who pegged the project’s cost at $100 million."
Obviously your $12.95 is actually $2.95 and you must have gotten bad information from someone.

Any idea when the 3 tiers are going digital in Manitoba?
Shawnick - The biggest problem is Shaw seems to refuse to add anymore channels to the lineup because they can't offer them on Shaw Direct due to their bandwidth restraints. They really need to realize they can't continue to do this to their cable subscribers.
I wonder if it is even still happening this month. They haven't made any announcements nor do I think they are handing out free boxes to those that would be affected which I believe they are supposed to be doing, correct me if i'm wrong.
I guess I didn't get any letters because it doesn't affect me, ha. Anyway, good to hear Shaw is moving ahead with this and hopefully we'll have a bunch of new channels in the next couple of months. Shaw picked a bad time for this because their tier reclamation along with the end of OTA analog signals at the same time seems to be confusing the hell out of out some people, lol.
Yeah they also think St. Vital is a city in Winnipeg as they have it listed Winnipeg/St. Vital or something like that, idiots. As for the Pas, perhaps it has already been converted. I know many smaller communities in Manitoba have already been converted before.
For those who think you can't use a vcr with a digital terminal think again, you can use it perfectly fine, you just have to hook up the cable to terminal first then to the vcr and to the tv as you currently have it. The only difference is you have to use the box to set up recordings along with the vcr. A bit more of a hassle, but it is still possible and no pvr is required.
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