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Old March 22, 2011, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Supergrover View Post
I have digital HDTV with a settop PVR, I run a coaxial splitter before the set top box , one line goes to the set top, one line goes to my analog tuner in my HTPC, I can record via the tunercard as you stated the lower (basic cable package) channels or record via the HDPVR the "higher" HD/SD channels via the set top. I also have one coaxial line direct to my TV's coaxial input (HDPVR is hooked up via HDMI) and the final split coaxial line to my stereo receiver ( for FM ).

We had this discussion a few times before and I never could get a set in stone answer but IIRC 2011 is the end of over the air analog signals, so in other words my analog TV tuner should continue to work, but again until this actually happens I am unsure since I have been given conflicting advice. Some ppl say yes it is just the over the air signals other say no it is all analog signals and my TV tuner (in my HTPC) wont work.

Edit: BTW I am on Shaw just FYI.
I'm by no means an expert on the topic, but I suspect the confusion over what will be available is based on where the signal comes from in the first place. The CRTC mandate is for over the air signals to be transmitted via a digital signal (most current TV tuners will be able to pick them up and decode them), and I don't believe it specifies how the providers "must" supply the signal to their customers over coax.

That said.... I know many Ontario cable subscribers on the Rogers network were losing their analog signal all together while I worked there (a little under a year ago) and I suspect that is the wave of the future.
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