Hi All: I'd like to recommend that the recently-closed thread on the AM21's OTA reception of Canadian stations should be kept opened and/or merged with this thread, as it raises quite an important issue for U.S. DirecTV customers in Canadian-border areas (within reception range of Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and Vancouver as examples). As many may know, August 31, 2011 is the upcoming deadline for Canadian TV stations in larger cities to switch to digital broadcasting, with exceptions allowing smaller-market Canadian stations to remain in analog for some additional period of time. Some Canadian stations in larger cities have already begun digital broadcasting, with others beginning at various times up to the August deadline. Thus, this issue is just now starting to take on increased importance for affected viewers (which is probably the reason why the parent thread was resurrected after a long silent period). As I understand it, since the AM21 OTA receivers (which can only receive digital, not analog, broadcasts by design) are not capable of scanning for received stations on their own, they can only receive a given OTA station (including subchannels) if that particular station is listed in the Tribune Media/Zap2It.com database AND DirecTV chooses to include that particular station in its on-screen station guide. There have been rumors suggesting that certain low-powered digital stations and certain digital subchannels have not been chosen for guide listing by DirecTV (making them not receivable by the AM21s) because of guide data capacity limitations, although it does not appear that such limitation has been confirmed. In many U.S. areas within reception range of Canadian cities, a number of Canadian network stations have been carried by cable companies for years (in analog). These include CBC, Global, CTV, A-Network, TV Ontario and others. Presumably, at least some digital broadcasts for these Canadian stations are either already being carried by U.S. cable companies in Canadian-border areas, or will be carried when they become available shortly. It is perhaps not likely that DirecTV will carry any Canadian networks via satellite once their digital broadcasting begins, for various reasons. However, DirecTV will be at a competitive disadvantage (and its U.S. customers adversely affected) in these areas of the U.S. if it does not at least provide the AM21 with the real and virtual channel assignments for the new Canadian digital stations so that the AM21 can at least receive these Canadian stations via antenna, even if no guide data showing programming is provided. As an example, we have six neighboring Canadian network stations in our area (all still in analog for the moment), and when I try to sell friends on DirecTV (hoping to get a few $100 referrals), many say "forget it, no way" as soon as they find out that they can't see "Hockey Night in Canada" on CBC via DirecTV, since every cable provider around here includes CBC in their standard lineup. Hopefully, once more of the Canadian stations begin broadcasting in digital as the year goes on, such that this issue becomes more well-known, DirecTV will at least add the real and virtual channel assignments (along with the station/network identification) for these new Canadian digital stations into its database/guide, so that the AM21s can then receive them. AM21 owners can, of course, just insert a splitter or A/B switch (as I do right now) into their antenna line just before their tv/DirecTV receiver and use the tv's tuner to view those channels that DirecTV won't allow the AM21s to view. But many people don't want the hassle of having to do this switch, as it's more convenient to simply have all receivable channels in a single on-screen lineup, and having the AM21 able to receive these stations is the only way they can be recorded via DVR. Hope this is helpful for fully understanding the situation affecting some of us. I'd imagine the same issue could exist for areas in the U.S. near some of the larger Mexican border cities.