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HD and SD DVD's
Information on DVD applications in HDTV
1 02/10/2006 
8:35 PM
HDTV Programming
I was speaking with a Cameraman from Life network recently, and he said that he thought the lack of original Canadian HD programming is the cost to produce and broadcast it.... I was wondering why HD would be more expensive? Also, with the States adaopting it full force, and channels life HDNet just bubbling over to get into Canada, should Canadian Channels bite the bullet and get upgraded?
15 10/06/2006 
9:25 PM
I'm interested in knowing the direction of PVR/DVRs in Canada. Specifically which ones will support HDTV, but also I find the current product offers in Canada are sorely featureless.

For example, compare Shaw's or Bell's PVR/DVR to a TiVo or Replay TV and they are almost useless.

Any chance Canadian broadcasters will start to support better PVRs (or possibly work with these providers to bring their products to Canada)?
3 11/27/2005 
3:13 AM
Closed Captioning
gerryboulter@cogeco.ca wrote on 2021/02/01

I am a subscriber to Cogeco Cable's High Definition in Oakville. Cogeco uses Motorola's DCT 6208 receiver. I am having a problem with the closed captioning on some of the channels where the program is in the 16:9 format. The channels with the problem primarily are CFTOD, Fox2 Detroit, NBC Detroit and ABC Detroit. CBS Detroit is fine.

My problem is that the captioning on programs such as "Law & Order", "NYPD Blue" "24" and "ER" usually are just a series of characters but occasionally the captioning will match the dialogue. In the case of the FOX channel it appears that when the dialogue wraps to a second line the second line doesn't appear. I have spoken to Cogeco and they claim the problem is with the stations as they as not including the captioning signal in high definition format. This seems far-fetched to me. I have also heard from Motorola and they suggest the need to update the firmware. Cogeco is using version 8.12.

Can anyone shed some light on what needs to be done to correct the problem.

1 03/28/2006 
9:13 PM
HDTV on Cable
Information on HD reception on cable
23 07/10/2006 
10:40 AM
Record in HD
Is there a DVD recorder that records in HD and then plays back in HD.
16 01/02/2006 
10:27 PM
HDCP and DVR's
Many of us HDTV enthusiast participate in HDTV Forums to exchange information. Digital Video Recorders (DVR) are becoming very popular as cable and satellite providers get in position to offer them. One such DVR, which I purchased, is the Scientific Atlanta SA8000HD which has a DVI output connection.

From your knowledge of the HDCP protocol, a cable service user with the above DVR connected to an HDTV via DVI, will the user be able to record programs and movies without restrictions including those flagged with the "Never Copy" flag for playback purposes? In it's HDCP file at http://www.siimage.com/pdf/223300.pdf Silicon Image clearly states the protocol "will not do away with time-shifting to enable viewing programs later." Therefore the HDCP protocol should be designed so that it may differentiate between a DVR and a device capable of generating a copy or copies such as a computer HDD.

Will Canadian Digital Telivision copy FCC rulings to become effective July 2005? And, can you provide an answer to the above?

6 03/13/2006 
12:29 PM
Prima plasma TV questions
I saw somewhere on this forum someone asking about the 42" Prima that Future Shop is selling for $2799.99. I got one. I am now trying to decide after the fact, if I want to return it and up-grade to the Panasonic TH-42PA20U 42" for $4377.00 which has much better reviews. I am not sure I want to spend $1807.00 (that's with taxes) if down the road the technology is so much better. The contrast ratio on the Prima is 1000:1 whereas the Pansonic has a really high ratio of 4000:1. Is this a concern? Are buyers purchasing the extra warranty for the extra $500.00 to $600.00? There is not a lot of info on the web about Prima Electronics Ltd. Are there any Prima TV owners out there and if so any feedback would be helpful.


Bonnie from B.C., Canada
23 10/11/2005 
3:32 AM
What channels are true HD?
I was wondering if someone can give me a basic rundown of true HD content being offered. Im with Rogers, and when i flip HD channels; 277 thru 295 most of the programming seems like enhanced standard signal.The only true HD i receive and see is some ABC, NBC night shows,Toronto Blue Jays games, PBS though seems to be 24/7 true HD. Im also disappointed in Discovery Channel picture quality, ive yet to see a true HD broadcast from them.Fox TV too.

Thanks a lot

13 08/03/2006 
9:55 AM
HDTV Europe
jpbgr@noos.fr wrote on 2021/07/05
is it possible to get HDTV by the web internet or by satellite for people living in FRANCE(EUROPE)?
thank you for the answer

Comment from Admin.
HDTV services are available on the Astra satellite from Euroi1080. Two channels are provided on a limited time basis. See www.euro1080.tv and www.onlysat.com. For more information. HDTV may also be available experimentally on some cable systems, but we do not have anything on that at the moment. HDTV on the Internet is difficult due to the highbit rate around 15 Mbps required.
2 03/18/2006 
5:19 PM
TVHD au Québec
Les services de TVHD disponibles en français
33 09/28/2006 
11:59 AM
Cable vs.Satellite
I am interested in getting into HDTV but I would like to know if Satellite or Cable is a better bet. What are the HDTV bit rates and who has more real HDTV programming? Has anyone done a real comparison?
5 02/01/2006 
9:19 PM
HD Televisions
Specifics and questions on models
102 05/23/2006 
2:52 PM
Home Theaters
How to get an HD cinema in the living room
23 07/30/2006 
9:18 PM
Set -top Boxes
Terrestrial, satellite and cable
55 09/22/2006 
9:59 PM
HDTV Coverage
Where and how to get HDTV off-air
61 09/08/2006 
12:35 PM
Terrestial Broadcast & Reception
Can you suggest what constitutes a suitable antenna for US OTA signals in border areas sucg as Oakville, ON?
12 07/17/2006 
10:02 PM
OTA in Vancouver
Any info on receiving OTA hdtv in Vancouver area either Canadian or US signals
16 10/06/2006 
9:51 PM
HD OTA in Edmonton
dlegatt@shaw.ca wrote on 2021/01/29

HDTV in Edmonton Do you have any idea when over the air HDTV programming will begin in Edmonton?
Our cable service provider is Shaw who offer some HDTV programming, but majority of their programming is still analog. There is hardly any mention of Shaw on this website, only Rogers.
Is Shaw being "left in the dust" when it comes to rolling out HDTV programming??

Comment from Admin.

At the present time there are no applications for OTA digital licences for Edmonton that I am aware of. Check with your local TV stations, CFRN, CITV, CKEM and CBXT and ask them of their plans. Some HDTV is provided on cable in Edmonton by Shaw but there are also excellent HDTV packages provided by ExpressVu and StarChoice on satellite, including both the available Canadian and many US channels.
HD OTA in Ottawa
When can we see HD OTA in Ottawa? Also, I've always heard that broadcast HD results in a better picture (less compression, higher bit rate) than HD over satellite or cable. Is this still true?
23 08/16/2006 
12:30 PM
HDTV and CableCARD Technology
This week, Sony Television announced a new line of TVs scheduled for release later in 2004 that will come equipped with an integrated ATSC/NTSC HD tuner to receive over the air HD broadcasts. In addition, these televisions will use CableLabs CableCARD interface to obtain the HDTV signal from the local cable operator. This will eliminate the requirement for the external set-top box or HDTV decoder currently required to obtain the HDTV signals. Do the cable companies in Canada, such as Rogers , use the CableCard interface ? If they do, is there a cost to obtain this CableCard ?
10 09/17/2006 
9:36 PM
canada dtv station listings,by city,channel #,and are in service,how can i find this info
11 09/28/2006 
6:56 PM