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cdtv_admin@cdtv.ca 04/26/2004
6:52 PM
Ed Hanson, ed-hanson@cyberus.com wrote on 2021/04/14

HDTV is available for the PC. Much cheaper than
an HDTV Set. (If you have the PC already) There
are HDTV Cards Available for the PC, but where
do I buy one in Canada?

Comment from Admin.

PCI cards for HDTV off-air reception are made by a number of vendors and require a moderately powerful host to run them effectively. They are a very inexpensive way to receive HDTV off air. Suppliers include ATI (a new product), Hauppauge, Macro Image Technology, Telemann, DVICO and iTech among others. Offerings include an HD PVR in many cases. Some Canadian suppliers are listed on the Hauppauge web site www.hauppauge.com and US suppliers can readily ship to Canada without problems. The major Canadian computer supply specialists frequently carry or represent suppliers of PC HDTV cards.

9:46 PM
ATI has finally released their HDTV Wonder. I was hoping to be one of the first on the block to own one ;-). It's currently available only in the US. I have their DVI to HDTV adaptor and with the latest drivers, it works beautifully on my HDTV ready television set. Here is a link to ATI's press release about their HDTV Wonder: www.ati.com/companyinfo/press/2004/4732.html

11:09 AM
whatisthematrix4@hotmail.com wrote on 2021/10/22

HD on PC
Am I the ONLY one who is searching for info on this elusive subject? IT seems to be with the lack of clear info on it.
Ok, I’ve been researching the HD-Tuners for the PC for a while now, and am still totally in the grey area when it comes to HOW i get an HD signal to the tuner.
From what I’ve come to understand from a new HD tuner manufacturers is that all I need is to hook up an antenna to it's coaxial port and BOOM, Over-the-air--HD-Television.
But that came as a shock to me... I mean, does it not cost huge loads of moola for businesses to upgrade and produce HD content, how could I be receiving it for FREE over the air? There MUST be a catch, i think.

But then again, If i did want to PAY for more channels, how do I get just a system WITHOUT the Set-Top box? I look at all the HD-Suppliers sites and all they have are these bundled systems (ie, Sat + Set Top Box, Cable + Set Top Box), I don’t NEED a Set Top Box with the HD tuner -> IT IS A SET TOP BOX inside the computer!

Comment from Admin.

Take heart, it is not as complex as it appears. First scan the rest of this site, especially in the section How to Get HDTV. Then keep an eye on this thread, in the HD Televisions section. An HDTV card in a PC makes a very effective and economical way to receive HDTV off-air, where there is a broadcaster making it available. At present this is mainly in Toronto, Vancouver and soon in Montreal. For this a simple indoor antenna connected to the PC card may suffice, or at least a small outdoor antenna connected through a short coaxial cable. As well, in areas such as Montreal, Toronto, Windsor and Vancouver, US border HDTV stations are receivable, though an outside antenna and pre-amplifier may be needed if the signals are distant. The HD PC card also offers PVR (Personal Video Recorder) capability to enable delayed viewing of the programs.

On the business side, at present the model is very much as in analog TV. Commercial stations get revenue from advertising (small at present) and from cable systems providing their signals to subscribers and educational stations from donations and cable subs. The incentive for all broadcasters is that rapidly increasing quantities of HD receivers are being sold and very soon HDTV will be the preferred broadcast medium, one that cannot be ignored. There are also plans to shut down analog NTSC broadcasting in the future as digital broadcasting is far more spectrum efficient. In the US and the UK these plans are becoming firm as HD penetration increases rapidly. In Canada this is not yet the case.

Hence to get HDTV off-air all you need is the PC, an HD card and an antenna, if you live in an area with HDTV broadcast services. If you receive HDTV from cable you will need a suitable set top box and a subscription, though the increment is very modest from a basic service. Alternatively, the new Cable Ready HD televisions coming into the market, equipped with Cable Card technology, eliminate the STB for one-way services but a subscription is still needed to get the card. For satellite, an STB and subscription is required.

It is worth the effort. HDTV offers stunning pictures and sound, making current TV look very tame.

Good luck.

10:35 PM
allanmacneil@ns.sympatico.ca wrote on 2021/12/14

Because I do not yet own a HDTV, it would seem a reasonable short term solution to view HD on my computer. Given that my monitor and video card are capable of HD resolutions, how do I best get the HD signal (in component video format) from the set top HD box into my PC.
* Can't seem to find a viodeo card or video capture card that has component video in. Most have S-video in but is that not a much lower quality signal connection and is it capable of delivering the HD Tv resolutions?

Pls suggest possible solutions



Two possible solutions are evident and there are likely others.
1. Just use an analog DB-15 A/B switch between the monitor and the computer and connect to the DB-15 RGB connection found on most STB’s.
2. Install an HD receiver card in the PC, which will get both video and audio, including Dolby AC3 decoding. Several makes are listed in this thread.

6:10 AM
kenkozak@rogers.com wrote on 2021/12/22

PC connection to plasma

I am looking at purchasing a plasma or LCD TV to connect to my PC and wonder should I upgrade to ATI X800 Video card or use my ATI 9600 pro?

Any out there connecting their plasma to PC?
How about the Resolution?

6:29 PM
shafroa@hotmail.com wrote on 2021/04/22

Hi, I'm setting up a home theater PC, and am likely going to get a HDTV tuner card that will cover both OTA and QAM unencrypted signals. How much can I pick up for free over cable without having to subscribe to Rogers? Or is OTA going to be a better source for HD broadcasts?

Comment from Admin.
I expect that you will find the OTA broadcasts to be your prime source, as there is very little on cable that is open and free, only the barker channel in most cases. There is a lot more than QAM decoding that you need to receive HD digital cable services. Investigate a card that has CableCard capability and then, in the near future, you will be able to subscribe and get cable service on your PC. Good luck

9:58 PM
tasty@iinet.net.au wrote on 2021/08/09

PC based recording of DTV?
Hi all, I'm from Australia and am about to move to Toronto to work (with my family) for a couple of years. Here in Aus. we have had DVB-T digital free-to-air TV for several years, but it's wide spread take up by 'Joe Public' has probably only really got underway ovre the last 6-12 months. I have a nice setup that includes a couple of STB's (both Standard PAL definition and a HD capable model to drive my Panasonic AE-700 HD capable projector). I also have two HD-TV tuner cards in my PC and have scheduling software that allows me to replicate the functionality of a Tivo (Tivo is not available here).

I don't plan on shipping any of my STB's over to Toronto (naturally they wont work) but am bringing my PC and would like to continue to record/view TV with it. My question to you all is - I know that Australia's DTV standards are different to Canada's, I suspect that you use the ATSC 18 standard (same as US), and this will mean that I will need to buy a new tuner card(s) for my PC. Are digital TV tuner cards available to suit Canada's DTV standards? Dvico have a product that works to the US ATSC 18 standard, perhaps that's all I need? Also, are there any other web-based resources that support DTV in Canada? Any help much appreciated.


Welcome to Toronto Andy. We hope you will have a good trip and enjoy your stay. In Toronto there are now5 digital stations on air and if you in the right location and have a decent antenna, you can also receive all the US border stations from Buffalo and Niagara Falls. They all operate in the ATSC *VSB standard and offer HDTV in 1920 x 1080i or 1280 x 720p, with 5.1 channel Dolby Digital on some programs. I am sure you will enjoy the variety. You can also get HDTV from Rogers Cable (16 channels) or Bell ExpressVu satellite (26 channels), both by subscription of course.

With regard to your question, take a look at the section HD Televisions in the thread HDTV on a PC and I think you will find what you are looking for.



CDTV Admin.

9:35 PM
yardern@hotmail.com wrote on 2021/08/27

HDTV technology is different from U.S.?
I found a HDTV tuner card for PC from ATI, their webpage says the card is only for the United States not Canada.

Does this mean the technology used in Canada is different? The TV sets are not exchangeable between 2 countries?


Comment from Admin.

No, the technology and standards for HDTV are the same for the USA, Canada and Mexico. ATI may have other reasons for offering the card only in the USA, such as marketing agreements, patent considerations, support in both official languages, etc. but there is no technical reason why it will not work in Canada. The standards used for Canadian DTV may be seen at www.atsc.org/standards.html

1:34 PM
philiplively@sympatico.ca wrote on 2021/11/04

I live in southern Ontario. I have a HP z545 with a ‘add on’ HDTV wonder with an external antenna. After allot of effort I have it working in window media centre. I receive the US networks just fine ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, as well as CBC. However, I cannot receive CTV (9-1 / 40) or CITY (53-1/53). Strangely, the native software with the HDTV Wonder will pick-up CTV. Does anyone have CTV working?

Comment from Admin.
Interesting question about MS Windows Media Center software and the HP z545. Will do some investigations.

2:52 PM
ntamraz@rogers.com wrote on 2021/05/20

TV Tuner Recommendation
I have a P4 2.8GHz running on a P5LD2-VM motherboard with a 250GB HD and I will be purchasing the XFX Nvidia GeForce 7300GS which has TV out. I am trying to decide between the Hauppauge PVR 150 and the PVR350. With a video card that has TV out, do I need a TV tuner with S-video out as well to send to the TV or can I simply use the TV out (s-video) built into the video card?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!

Comment from Admin.

The Hauppauge PVR-150 and PVR-350 are very similar, the difference being that the latter has an A/V output in addition to the on-screen display. Both include standard NTSC tuners. Both are NTSC only and do not offer HDTV capability. For HDTV you might want to look at the ATI All-in-Wonder HDTV card or similar. If you install the PVR-350, you can then connect (via S-video or NTSC video outputs) to an external monitor or TV set and connect the L/R analog audio output via RCA cables.

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