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Rogers digital cable unscrambled channels
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Post 1 made on Tuesday July 12, 2005 at 23:27
Daniel Tonks
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Now that I have several QAM enabled tuners, I figured I'd start a list of unscrambled digital cable channels available on Rogers in the Ontario area (possibly specific to the Scarborough / Richmond Hill / Markham cable system). Although these are Cable Card-ready tuners, Rogers does not yet support this option, this is everything that's available freely via a standalone tuner.

To make this list easier for me to update I have created a new Rogers Digital Cable Free QAM Channel List page.

Note that the most recent changes to this list will be itemized in postings to this thread (so keep reading). Questions and comments should also be directed here.

List updated October 3, 2011.

Last edited by Daniel Tonks on October 3, 2011 00:48.
Post 2 made on Thursday July 14, 2005 at 19:35
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What Cable Card-ready tuner did you use for this test?

Thanx
OP | Post 3 made on Thursday July 14, 2005 at 20:10
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Sony DHG-HDD500. It's an OTA & Cable Card HDTV DVR.
Post 4 made on Thursday July 14, 2005 at 21:12
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With that card, how were you able to get some of those sub channels such as 124.1532. Does the software for the card allow you to input any channel like that? Did you just do a channel scan? What were the steps? Thanx
Post 5 made on Thursday July 14, 2005 at 21:17
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You sure it was Sportsnet News and not Sportsnet Pacific?
OP | Post 6 made on Thursday July 14, 2005 at 23:00
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This isn't a card, it's a set top box. It supports a Cable Card, which would allow me to receive pay stations, such as all those specialty channels and the movie networks, but Rogers doesn't offer them yet.

These were obtained just by running an auto scan, and they dial in just like HDTV channels.

I've updated the list - yes, that really is Sportsnet Pacific; I've clarified the unknown channels, and Food Network seems to be there now.
Post 7 made on Friday July 15, 2005 at 01:34
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where did you pick up the card and how much did it go for?
Post 8 made on Wednesday July 20, 2005 at 13:15
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If that Sony STB worked, would something like a Fusion HDTVx PCI card work since it does QAM? I'm thinking to put in my htpc.

Bruce
Post 9 made on Wednesday July 20, 2005 at 22:55
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also, any update in the programming?

Will any QAM decoder work to pull in all these stations?
Post 10 made on Wednesday July 20, 2005 at 23:10
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Does Panasonic make anything similar to the Sony DHG-HDD500 ?
OP | Post 11 made on Thursday July 21, 2005 at 01:59
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Sorry, I don't know if any QAM tuner will do it, since this is the only one I have. :-)

The only product similar to the Sony (an off-air HDTV DVR) is the LG LST-3410A. No others have even been announced.

Edit: I just ran a scan, the only change is the addition of Real Estate TV.

This message was edited by Daniel Tonks on 07/21/05 02:36 ET.
Post 12 made on Friday July 22, 2005 at 00:53
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So with that reciever, and I ask a lot mostly because I am very interested in picking up this sucker now, what does it show for these stations? Like are they just blank stations with no EPG information and no SID? Can you manually enter SID so you can say it is RSN Pacific or reTV, or do you have to keep a list by the TV to see if you can pull in the stations...

Also, any interesting things with ROD?
OP | Post 13 made on Friday July 22, 2005 at 01:19
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Nope, no way to custom label them... and no guide information or program information either. This might get better if/when Rogers starts supporting Cable Cards (a plug-in card that allows reception of paid channels). And so far I haven't been able to find a TVGOS data provider in the Toronto area for Canadian stations. Otherwise a graphical remote like the Pronto with a TV surfing section would be a good solution to identifying what is what.

Nothing much interesting with ROD, but it seems you can watch any existing ROD session in your area. Problem is the channels will only scan in if something is already playing, and you have no control over the programming (ie. if someone else pauses it).
Post 14 made on Friday July 22, 2005 at 19:11
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Ok, another question about this unit, Can you pull in NTSC OTA, NTSC Cable and ASTC OTA all at the same time?
OP | Post 15 made on Friday July 22, 2005 at 23:21
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Yup.
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