why the need for a digital box for every tv in the house
A digital box is required for each television in order to access the digital signals carrying our channels. In areas where we haven't completed our digital network upgrade, most channels are still analogue, which means a digital box isn't required. However, once we complete the upgrade in an area, a digital box is needed either for all channels, or for all channels outside of the Basic package.
The reason that we're doing these upgrades is that digital signals use far less bandwidth than do analogue, so we can use the additional bandwidth on our lines to offer more channels, faster internet, additional services, etc...
Hope this helps answer your question.
Matt, just need some clarification regarding your above answer. I'm redoing my exercise room and have a small LCD TV I plan to install. Now I do not want the full Gateway I have in rest of house in this room, just basic cable. The TV has three tuners, QAM, analog and digital tuner. I actually use this TV in the RV during summer when travelling in U.S. to get over-the-air digitial TV and it work great.
Thus my question as I just want to get basic cable in my exercise room, and as I said above the TV has a digitial tuner, will I still need a Shaw Box?
Hi biglar, part of the reason you need one of our digital boxes is that in order to save bandwidth (as Matt explained), we need to encrypt the channels before we send them. The digital box unencrypts the channels so that your TV will be able to view them.
Another reason is that we add firmware to the boxes so that we can instruct them on services such as Video On Demand and Pay Per View. With just the TV's own tuner, you wouldn't be able to order these extra features.
I don't want any of those features, however I just remindered I have a old Motorola DCT600/1000 on shelf in garage, will I still be able to use that (renew and reuse)
If you've used it successfully in the past with Shaw, I like your chances. Simply write down the serial number on the back (A white sticker that says HOST SN or CUSTOMER SN) and give us a call in tech support so we can look it up. We can then administer it back onto your account and authorize it for your channels
The answer to your question would depend on the area you are in and if you require HD. The built in digital tuner in your TV is designed to decode over the air transmissions, which are accessible to anyone who can reach them. However, the digital signal running though our cable infrastructure is encrypted and requires a digital box to decipher. Your TVs built in Analog tuner will be able to tune into Basic cable if that is still fed to your area via the analog feed (most areas are). Analog cable is standard definition only.
To summarize, If you area still has basic cable over analog, you can hook your TV directly to the wall without a digital box. However, if you want HD, you will require an HD digital box.
I hope this clears things up. Cheers!
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