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High Definition Guide - FAQ and Troubleshooting

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Overview

The new Shaw High Definition Guide provides you with a brand new channel surfing experience. If you have any questions, or have encountered any issues you can find responses to frequently asked questions listed here. More information can also be found at HD Guide - Shaw.ca. You can review the following video, or check out the information below for a full list of frequently asked questions.

 

Video: Introducing the Shaw HD Guide


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The programming guide isn't showing any information

Why can I watch HD channels but not standard-definition channels?

Where are my HD channels? I only see a few of them listed in the 200's

I only see channels that I subscribed to and none of the others. Where are the other channels?

How do I find a program in the new HD guide?

The guide views keep changing. How can I choose only one?

How do I set up a Favourites list?

My TV Picture is pixelated

The front panel on my HD box shows "Cd##" or Fp##." What does this mean?

My Digital Box is frozen and not responding

I'm seeing static or a "Not Authorized" message on some, but not all channels

There is no sound on my TV

My Shaw Remote won't work

How can I Enable Closed Captioning

Reset Customized Settings to Defaults

How to Access Movie Central and Super Channel on Demand Content


 

The programming guide isn't showing any information

If the guide listings shows "To Be Announced" or "TBA," please unplug the Digital Box from power for 30 seconds and then reconnect the power cable. When the HD Digital Box finishes rebooting, your guide data should be restored.  If the problem persists, please Contact Us

 

 

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Why can I watch HD channels but not standard-definition channels?

Some older HDTVs will not display a standard definition signal when it comes through high-definition video inputs such as component-video inputs.

Alternatively, some HD TVs cannot display anything above 720p while the default resolution on your cable box is 1080i. In order to fix this, please try these instructions:

 

    1. Connect an SD cable like S-video or Composite to your television
    2. Press MENU, then select Settings
    3. Select the Video Settings category
    4. Under the TV Resolution tab, change the video resolution to 720p
    5. Reconnect the HD cables

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Where are my HD Channels? I only see a few of them in the 200's

HD Channels will now be automatically delivered over their equivalent standard definition channel when available, and the higher channel number will disappear. These channels will be indicated with a small HD icons to make searching for HD channels a more simplified process.


Example:

CBC - CBUT Vancouver displays on channel 209 in HD, and channel 03 in Standard Definition.

With the new HD Guide, the CBC - CBUT Vancouver will now display in HD on channel 03 and will no longer appear on channel 209.

 

For more information on this, please review our document on HD Organization

 

 

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I only see channels that I subscribed to and none of the others. Where are the other channels?

To streamline your browsing experience, the HD Guide displays only channels to which you have subscribed. To learn more about additional channels or change your channel lineup, please visit Shaw.ca. If you need to find out what's on other channels, please log into Shaw Connect to view your local listings.

 

 

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How do I find a program in the new HD Guide?

The Search function allows you to search by Program Title, Actor or Description.


    • Press the MENU button on your Shaw Remote
    • From the Main Menu, select Search
    • Using the ARROW keys , highlight the letters on the key pad and push OK to have them appear in the search field
    • Press the RIGHT ARROW to advance to the results column
    • Highlight the program you want to watch and press OK
    • Current/future scheduled programs and Shaw Pay Per View titles are displayed in your search results


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For more information on the search functionality of the new HD Guide please review our document on Searching the HD Guide

 

 

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The guide style keeps changing. How can I choose only one?

By default, the new High Definition Guide offers three possible guide views. The first guide view is Full Screen Guide. The second is the Traditional Guide and the third is the Mini Guide. You can use all three by repeatedly pressing the GUIDE button on your remote to cycle through each version of the guide. If the Full Screen Guide is up, pressing the GUIDE button again will bring up the next guide view.


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Traditional Guide

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You are able to customize which views appear in which order, by navigating to Settings

    1. Press MENU on your Shaw remote to access the Main Menu
    2. Navigate to Settings and then press OK
    3. Select Guide, and then Guide Views in the Settings menu by using the ARROW keys on the Shaw remote
    4. Highlight First Press and select the guide view you want to appear first when selecting the GUIDE button
    5. Do the same for the Second Press and Third Press options
    6. You are also able to disable second and third press guide views by moving the sliders to the Off position


For more information on this please review our document on HD Guide View Settings

 

 

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How do I set up a Favourites list?

To add a channel or program to a Favourites List, press the button on your remote while tuned to the channel or program that you would like to add. Choose to add the channel or program, and then press OK. If a Favourites List already exists, you can add it to that list, or you can select to create a custom list.


You can also create and manage your Favourites List by pressing MENU, selecting Favourites and following the on-screen instructions.


For more information on this please review our document on setting up a Favourites List in the HD Guide.



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My TV picture is pixelated

If your TV picture is pixelated or digitized (squares of distorted picture appearing throughout the image) than you may be experiencing signal issues.


Please see our guide on troubleshooting pixelation to resolve this issue: Poor Picture Quality / Pixelation



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The front panel on my HD box shows "Cd##" or Fp##." What does this mean?

The Cd## or Fp## messages indicate that your Digital Box is currently downloading and applying the latest updates. This process should take no more than 20 minutes, and may cause the Digital Box to reboot itself once or twice. Afterwards it should function normally.


**Important**

Do not press any buttons on your remote or Digital Box during this time

Do not attempt to disconnect power on your Digital Box as it could cause a potential malfunction



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My Digital Box is frozen and not responding

If your Digital Box is no longer responding to your remote control, you may need to reset it. To do this, simply:


    1. Locate the Power Cable on the back of the Digital Box
    2. Unplug power for 30 seconds
    3. Reconnect the Power Cable
    4. Wait two minutes while the Digital Box resets
    5. Power on the Digital Box and attempt to use it again to see if this has corrected the issue

 

You can also review our troubleshooting guide for non-responsive Digital Boxes by following this link: Digital Box not responding to Shaw Remote

 

 

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I'm seeing static or a "Not Authorized" message on some, but not all channels

The new HD Guide will build a list of channels based on the packages to which you are currently subscribed. Your guide should only show the channels that are included in your cable package. If any of those channels are showing Not Authorized please check Shaw.ca for any bulletins regarding recent package changes.


You can also review our troubleshooting guide for the Not Authorized message appearing on Digital Boxes by following this link: Not Authorized Error on Television



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There is no sound on my TV

If you are unable to hear any audio from your Digital TV and Shaw Music channels, please ensure that Dolby Digital has not been inadvertently enabled.


  1. Press MENU on your remote. Press DOWN to highlight Settings, then press OK
  2. Using the remote's ARROW keys , press the RIGHT ARROW button until Audio is selected and then press OK
  3. Ensure that Dolby Digital is not selected. If it is, change the selection to HDMI/Auto and press OK to confirm
  4. Press EXIT and ensure that your channels now have audio


If you are still experiencing audio issues please review our guide on troubleshooting sound related problems by following this link: No Sound / Audio with a Digital Box



My Shaw Remote won't work

Your Remote Control works by transmitting instructions via infared light, which means the path between the remote control and your Digital Box must be clear. If there are any obstructions between the remote control and the Digital Box, please remove them and try it again.


If you have further problems with your Shaw Remote, please see the following article: Shaw Remote Won't Control Digital Box and Programming Your Shaw Remote


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How can I Enable Closed Captioning

  1. Press the MENU button on your Shaw Remote
  2. Navigate to Settings
  3. Choose Closed Captions
  4. Move the slider to either the Off or On position using the LEFT and RIGHT ARROWS on your Shaw Remote
  5. Press OK to save your modification

 

Video: Closed Captions


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Reset Customized Settings to Defaults

  1. Press the MENU button on your Shaw Remote
  2. Navigate to Settings
  3. Select Reset to Defaults
  4. Choose the settings that you would like to reset using the ARROW keys and OK button on your remote
  5. Select OK at the bottom of the page to finish

 

Video: Reset Customized Settings to Defaults

 


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How to Access Movie Central and Super Channel on Demand Content

Subscribers of the Movie Central and Super Channel stations can now find the included On Demand content through their Shaw On Demand menu on their HD Digital Box. To access this content, simply press the ON DEMAND button on your Shaw remote control, and select either Movie Central or Super Channel to see the available titles included with your subscription.


 


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