The Best Deals on Digital Converter Boxes in Canada
The good news is I poked around and ferreted out the best deals. Start by skipping the Best Buy and Future Shop. To begin with, they have only one or two converter boxes to choose from, and they somehow came up with a price of eighty dollars! And that is without analog pass-through! Canada Computers luckily has two units with analog passthrough at prices that are more realistic. I have had positive experiences with them before, and can recommend them as a reliable source with good prices and selection for Canadians buying computer or electronic products that don't want to deal with shipping from the States. They also have retail outlets from Ottawa to London, concentrated in and around Toronto.
NCIX.ca is also a good online source of computer products shipping from Canada, but with retail in lower BC. Both of the units I am recommending are at Canada Computers, but NCIX deserved mention as an online computer store I like and would buy from again. Shipping within Canada is cheap (often free) and avoids customs delays, and you are supporting Canadian business by buying from either NCIX or Canada Computers. Note that not every online retailer with a .ca URL is located in or shipping from Canada. I'm looking at you Newegg.
This converter from Sunkey is the cheapest you’ll find in Canada with analog passthrough, at $66 Canadian, obviously. Still probably more than you want to pay, you’ll have to decide if you should instead put it towards a new TV with a built in tuner, or start using it to pay cable or TV bills.
If cable and satellite aren’t your thing and you have a nice TV you like that has an S-Video input, you’ll probably want to get this box from Digiwave. It’s almost eighty bucks, but unlike the Future Shop or Best Buy offerings at that price, the DTV3000 has not just analog passthrough, but is pretty well loaded. You get S-Video for the best picture you can get in analog and convenience features like favorite channel memory.