TV Tuner card for HTPC?
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October 1, 2011, 12:05 PM
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In short, no. None of the TV cards will directly display the Rogers digital channels.
Digital TV cards can display QAM, Analog, and ATSC signals.
QAM is the format used to send the digital TV channels through cable. Analog is still available on cable, but will be gradually phased out over the years. ATSC is over the air digital signals that you can pick up with an antenna.
Unfortunately, the TV industry has switched to using encrypted QAM. This means that even if you get a TV tuner with QAM and plug in your cable, the most you will see are a few channels broadcasting clear QAM, but the rest will be a garbled hash because of the encryption.
In the states you can get something called a cablecard. It is a special TV tuner card that has a slot in the back where you plug in a card you get from the cable company: the card has the codes to "decrypt" the QAM channels. It won't work in Canada: it seems Rogers in their 'wisdom' (sarcasm) have decided not to allow such a thing: they want you to use their cable set top boxes and their remotes.
The best you can do is get a Rogers cable box, then plug the output of that into a TV tuners' input. You will lose any HD signal (or see it in reduced resolution), and you may not get anything other than SD quality signals on the computer. It sucks, but that's what happens when there is no real competition and the big companies can do whatever they like.
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