Ondigital those encrpted channels you could not watch.
FTA DTTV was pretty good, I got it mainly as an anamorphic broadcast source for a widescreen TV.
I had a first generation Sony IDTV, excellent picture, a good tuner, better than the Ondodgy ones.
A £3 per month offer was made to all IDTV owners, I was loaned a Nokia Mediamaster (yuk) for pay TV until my TV software could handle the OnCAM.
After the CAM was working recording was painfull as removing the smart card from the TV was awkwards, then messing with the timers on the Nokia and my Sanyo VTCM40. At this stage I considered Elvis programmer simply to clone my 18 channel (AFAIR) subscription. But then they were looking dodgy so I cancelled just before they went bump.
The MM failed the following year so I replaced with a Pace Twin now not working due to poor support from Pace they do not work in post switchover areas due to software issues.
The TV tuner would have failed DSO as well but I wanted an HDTV. I would have been in the position of lots of digital TV kit not working.
The early BBC broadcasts were high bit rate and very DVD like, combined with a Wega tube, they looked fantastic.