I'm looking into getting the gateway ect. do I need a hd tv to get it?....
Nope. The Portals have RCA outputs. As long as your TV has RCA inputs you can select 480i as the output mode (Under Settings>TV Setup and also change Settings>Aspect ratio to 4:3) for a 4:3 aspect ratio in 480i. (What older TVs use.)
do you have to buy the gateway or can you rent it
There is no rental option but Shaw offers the Gateway with 2 Portals @ $14/month for 36 months known as "Shaw easy own". I believe they will offer a similar option if you want just 1 Portal, though I'd like a Shaw rep to confirm that before you go off and attempt it.
You can also buy it through London Drugs and Future Shop (Each piece individually.) but keep in mind no matter the source a Shaw tech has to come do the initial set up. It's not something we the consumers can/should do.
Also, if you cancel your services within the 36 month period the remainder owing is do with your last bill.
Here is the link to the Gateway/2Portals page with the "Easy own" link under the $14/month part.
Shaw - TV:Gateway System & two Total Home Portals
As far as I remember they will just remove $138 for the a Gateway and single Portal. (Again, wait for rep to confirm.)
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