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As a supplement to the main off-the-air HDTV Channel Map I've created this unencrypted ("Clear QAM") channel listing for Canadian users who subscribe to Rogers cable and would like to make the most of their equipment.

Most modern high definition televisions include tuners for both ATSC and QAM modulation types – the former for receiving digital signals from an antenna, and the latter for digital signals from cable. Yes, this does mean you can actually receive digital cable channels without the use of a rental digital cable box. However, Canada is still running behind the USA in regards to allowing consumers to make use of these tuners. While many American cable companies provide local channels in both SD and HD as unencrypted QAM, in Canada there is no such policy and providers are allowed to actively encrypt all channels, where they need to be or not, requiring you to rent or purchase a cable box for reception.

Rogers used to offer a modicum of Clear QAM channels consisting mostly of local Canadian channels, but in 2007 the company switched to encrypting essentially everything. So, for now, here’s a list of everything that remains, primarily made up of radio channels. This should be accurate for Rogers Cable in the Greater Toronto Area, but may not reflect Rogers digital offerings in other areas.

Please note: the base channel (for example, 71.##) may be different in your particular area, or may have changed since this list was last updated. However the subchannel numbering and general order of stations should remain the same.


Rogers Clear QAM Channel List
Updated: July 17, 2013
ChannelGenreName
98.1Radio???Multiculturial
98.2RadioRAI SatelradioItalian
98.3RadioCBLA 99.1 FMCBC Radio One, Toronto
98.4RadioCPWA 90.5 FMPortuguese, Toronto
98.5RadioCIUT 89.5 FMU of T, Toronto
98.6RadioCHSL 1610 AMSpanish, Toronto
98.7RadioCJRT JAZZ.FM91Toronto
98.8RadioCFXJ 93.5 FMFlow, Toronto
98.9RadioCKAV 106.5 FMAboriginal Voices, Toronto
98.11RadioCFNY 102.1 FMThe Edge, Toronto
98.12RadioCHOQ 105.1 FMFrench, Toronto
98.13RadioCFMX 96.3 FMClassical, Toronto
98.14RadioCJEZ 97.3 FMEZ Rock, Toronto
98.15RadioCHFI 98.1 FMToronto
98.16RadioCJBC 860 AMFranch, Toronto
98.17RadioCFTR 680 NewsToronto
98.18RadioCKFM 99.9 FMVirgin Radio, Toronto
98.19RadioCHUM 104.5 FMToronto
98.20RadioCIDC Z103.5 FMToronto
98.21RadioCJAQ 92.5KiSS FM, Toronto
98.22RadioCHIR FMGreek, Toronto
98.23RadioCILQ Q107 FMToronto
98.24RadioCJCL 590 AMThe Fan, Toronto
98.25RadioCING 95.3 FMFresh FM, Hamilton
98.26RadioCHRY 105.5 FMYork U., Toronto
98.27RadioCHCR 102.9Greek, Killaloe
98.28RadioCICX 105.9 FMJACK FM, Orillia
98.29RadioCKLG 96.9 FMJACK FM, Vancouver
98.30RadioCFRB 1010 AMNewsTalk
98.31RadioAMI-AudioRadio Reading Service
98.32VideoOn Demand Welcome Screen 
98.33VideoOn Demand Promotion 
98.34RadioWBFO 88.7 FMNPR Radio
98.35RadioWNED FM 71.5Classical
98.36RadioCFZM AM 740Zoomer Radio
98.2291VideoKids TV MixSix different kids channels at once. All 6 audio options are available.
98.2292VideoNews TV MixSix different news channels at once. All 6 audio options are available.
98.2293VideoSports TV MixSix different sports channels at once. All 6 audio options are available.
98.2294VideoSuper Sports Pak TV MixSix different sports channels at once. All 6 audio options are available.

If you'd like to comment on this list, please see its official post in our forum.

Here are a few tips for working with QAM channels:

  • QAM channels will scan in ##.## format, such as 83.2 or 119.431. The first number represents the original broadcast channel, and the second is the subchannel.
  • QAM channels will not match the channel number assignments as you would see on an official Rogers cable box – thus the existence of this list.
  • Some QAM tuners will renumber the subchannels, for example if it scans in 82.17 and 82.18, it may display them as 82.1 and 82.2.
  • Some regions may use a different broadcast channel, however the subchannel structure typically remains the same. For example, you may find the group of channels shown here on 71.## moved to 84.## in your area – however the order of the channels should remain the same.
  • If you do not subscribe to cable TV, or if you only subscribe to basic cable and there is a filter on your line, you will most likely not be able to tune any of these channels.
  • QAM tuners in HDTVs are fully capable of receiving unencrypted high definition channels, however there are none available on Rogers.
  • In the US there is a product called a “Cable Card” that can be installed in compatible devices and enables reception of encrypted pay-TV channels, proper channel number reassignment and so forth. Cable Cards are not supported by any Canadian cable company, although there is no technical reason for this to be the case. However support for 1-way Cable Cards has been almost completely dropped by hardware vendors, in favor of the new (and not yet common) “Tru2Way” standard, which is essentially the same but with 2-way communications to allow for VOD, PPV purchases and so forth. Once again, there has been no announced Canadian support for this standard.

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