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HDTV - Leafs Hockey - Are we there yet?
This is a pretty simple question.

I have a 100" front projector XGA DLP projector (HDTV compatible) and a very decent Onkyo HTS770 home theatre 6.1 system.

I could care less about usual TV programming or pay-per-view or movie channels. Despite the projector system, we don't watch much TV - just DVDs. The sole exception to this is Leafs hockey; I watch every game.

The lockout appears to be over. As a Leafs fan, I want the best quality broadcast of a Leafs game in High DefTV and 5.1/6.1 surround that I can get.

While there are channel spots reserved for CBC in HD in Toronto, it appears that they are not yet broadcasting in HD?

Straight up folks: There are four broadcasters in Toronto who air Leafs games: CBC, TSN, Sportsnet and Global. (In the past, I think CKVR had a few games too.)

Of them - who is broadcasting games in HD and what are the results? How do the broadcasts compare to normal SD hockey games? While I am sure that the NFL is great to watch on HDTV - that simply is not my interest at all. I care about the TM Leafs. Straight up please - *are we there yet*?

If so, do I want Rogers Digital or a satellite for the best Leafs HD experience?
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)?
1 06/01/2005 
6:46 PM
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.

HDTV on Cable
Information on HD reception on cable
18 07/11/2005 
1:03 AM
Record in HD
Is there a DVD recorder that records in HD and then plays back in HD.
13 07/21/2005 
11:02 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?

3 05/20/2005 
4:26 AM
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
21 05/16/2005 
5:33 PM
Can anyone tell me why TSN is using up an HD channel - when they transmit little or no HD programs?? They never show a CFL game in HD - never a Blue Jay home game in HD and today they managed to broadcast the CBS HD Open Tennis in the small screen format even though it was in HD four channels up on Rogers Cable.
Sportsnet at least shows all home Blue jay games in HD - and all of their in-studio programs are also in HD. But not so TSN.
7 08/12/2005 
12:52 PM
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

11 08/12/2005 
1:01 PM
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.
1 10/21/2004 
9:57 AM
TVHD au Québec
Les services de TVHD disponibles en français
19 08/09/2005 
0:40 AM
Signal, no picture or sound
On 2021/06/01
I have a Toshiba 51HX93 with a Terk TV55 antenna. I receive Ch 39(CBS) and 43(PBS) from Buffalo. On Saturday May 29 at 11:30AM I had a signal strength of 78 on Ch 43. At the same time I had signal strength of 88 on Ch14, 94 on Ch32 and 84 on Ch38. The puzzle is that none of these channels produced any picture or sound, with higher signal strength than Ch 43. Does anyone know why?
I also get a signal strength of 62 on Ch 33(NBC) but again no picture or sound. Why?

On 2021/06/08
I live in east Burlington. I have a Toshiba 51HX93 which has a signal strength meter. I am using a Terk TV55 amplified antenna. At this very moment I am receiving ch43-1 (PBS) from Buffalo perfectly clear with a signal reading of 78. I am receiving ch39-1&2 (CBS) from Buffalo also with a clear picture at a strength of 86. What mystifies me is I am getting a signal strength of 82 on Ch 38-1 (ABC) but the set tells me the "Digital signal strength is too low". What gives? Why is 78 on Ch43 OK but 82 on Ch 38 too low? This doesn't compute!

Comment from Admin.
In East Burlington I would expect you would be able to receive all the Buffalo channels (32, 33, 38, 39, 43), the Toronto channels (53, 66) and the Hamilton channels (15, 21) without too much difficulty. One thing you should realize is that HD receivers can operate on the virtual channel number carried in the PSIP data and from this make the connection to the physical channel in which it is carried. For instance, WIVB in Buffalo transmits its analog signal on ch. 4 and two, sometimes three program services on channel 39. Channel WNED transmits an analog service on ch. 17 and three digital services on channel 43 (43-1 is HD, 43-2 is SD and 43-3 is Think B) In these cases the virtual channel is the real channel. Some broadcasters desire to keep the channel branding in the virtual channel names. If WNED did this then 17-0 would be the analog service and 17-1, 17-2 and 17-3 would be the digital services. When your receiver scans the channels for data when first turned on or on command, it should work all this out if the PSIP data is encoded correctly at the station. This is not always the case and I note that the ones you get are the ones using the physical channel identification. I suspect that the problem you are encountering is due to the fact that the receiver tuning is confused by erroneous or missing PSIP data. Have good look at the user guide and consult with Toshiba customer service if needed.
2 12/13/2004 
11:53 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?
2 04/17/2005 
4:12 PM
HD Televisions
Specifics and questions on models
81 08/09/2005 
9:58 PM
Home Theaters
How to get an HD cinema in the living room
15 07/19/2005 
7:07 PM
Set -top Boxes
Terrestrial, satellite and cable
43 06/21/2005 
11:58 AM
HDTV Coverage
Where and how to get HDTV off-air
53 07/31/2005 
9:59 PM
Terrestial Broadcast & Reception
Can you suggest what constitutes a suitable antenna for US OTA signals in border areas sucg as Oakville, ON?
5 05/22/2005 
5:52 AM
OTA in Vancouver
Any info on receiving OTA hdtv in Vancouver area either Canadian or US signals
3 02/14/2005 
10:52 AM
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?
7 04/04/2005 
3:13 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 ?
7 05/09/2005 
9:34 PM
HDTV Owner & Disapointed
Ive just purchased a Toshiba 57 inch HDTV wide screen 16.9 format . Iam extremly disapointed with alot of the TV signals , I have a Digital Box that i purchased , and still my reception is worst than regular analog Cable signals. is it my wires? Connection?
10 10/12/2004 
10:32 PM
canada dtv station listings,by city,channel #,and are in service,how can i find this info
5 04/03/2005 
11:18 PM