Archive for January, 2011

Nokia asks: What would you film in one minute?

Could you film a compelling video in one minute using only your smartphone? That was the task for a group of Vancouver based film makers in the N8 Direct and Project competition held by Nokia earlier this month. Film makers were given a Nokia N8 smartphone and instructed to create a one-minute movie on any topic they’d like. The Nokia N8, available exclusively from Rogers, launched in November and has the ability to record high-definition video in 720p resolution with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

While the overall winner was chosen at the event, you can help select the runner-ups by viewing and voting on your favourite videos on Nokia’s YouTube channel. The second and third place will be decided based on “views” multiplied by “likes.” The online competition will close on Thursday, February 3 and the second and third place winners will be announced on Nokia’s Twitter and Facebook page.

Here is the winning video, described as a “film that explores what happens when mundane activities take on an unusual rhythm.”

To see the top ten and rate your favourites, visit http://www.youtube.com/nokiacanada and type #N8DirectandProject into the search engine. Which one is your favourite?

For full contest rules and regulations, click here.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Kung hei fat choi! Rogers rings in the year of the rabbit

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Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival is considered the most significant traditional Chinese holiday. In honour of this year’s celebration, we’re helping you stay connected with family and friends in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

This year’s 2011 celebration falls on February 3 so starting February 2 at 8:00 pm EST until February 3 at 8:00 pm EST, we’re offering our Rogers Home Phone customers in Ontario and Atlantic  Canada free long distance calling to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The calls will show up on your next bill, but there will be no cost associated with them.

And if you are a Rogers Digital TV customer looking to stay connected with news and entertainment from China, Rogers is also offering free Chinese channel previews until February 10. From January 20- February 3, you can watch Phoenix America (Ch. 807) and LS Times (Ch. 819) for free. And from January 27 – February 10, you can watch ET Global (Ch.806), WOWTV (Ch. 808) and WOWTV HD (Ch.577) (Ontario only).

Rogers is also offering 250 free text messages per month for six months to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan when you activate or renew a three year term on any Quick Messaging Device (QMD) or Android smartphone.

For more information on these promotions, you can check out the details here.

Happy Chinese New Year!

To view this post in Chinese, click here.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Around the world with Rogers: The latest updates on our multicultural programming

With one out of every five Canadians’ first language being neither English nor French, Rogers is proud to offer over 100 multicultural channels in more than 20 different languages.

Here are some recent updates we’ve made to help our customers keep up-to-date with programming from abroad:

  • We now offer the popular STAR channels, previously available in the Hindi Mega Pack and Mandarin Entertainment Pack, on an a la carte basis, which includes STAR Chinese Channel (Mandarin), STAR Chinese Movies 2 (Mandarin), Channel [v] Taiwan (Mandarin), SET MAX (Hindi), STAR India Gold (Hindi), STAR One (Hindi) and STAR India News (Hindi).
  • Popular Punjabi services are available a la carte as well as through our Punjabi Package, including music channel MH1.
  • Our Bollywood channels can now be purchased as part of a Bollywood Pack for a limited time.
  • We’ve launched a new Tamil Package, which includes STAR Vijay, SunTV, Tamil One and Tamil Vision.
  • You can now watch Aaj Tak and Headlines Today, which are top-rated news channels from India. We’ve also launched the Hindi channel NDTV Imagine. We have also launched India’s number one sports channel, ATN Neo Cricket.
  • Our Arabic-language programming now includes new channels like Orbit Al Yawm, Melody Aflam, Melody Drama, Melody Arabia and Dream 2 Future TV International, which are in free preview until March 23, 2011.
  • Have you tried Multicultural On Demand (Channel 800)? Through the service you can find Bollywood movies, Punjabi music, Chinese dramas and variety shows, and Filipino and Hebrew programming. Rogers On Demand Online also has some multicultural channels, including TFC (Filipino) and content from Anokhi (South Asian) as well as classic Bollywood movies and music videos from Saavn (South Asian).

Many of our channels launch with a free preview so you can experience them before you subscribe. For more info on our multicultural programming, click here.

What multicultural programs do you watch? Which ones would you like to see us carry?

Stacey Fowler  is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Now on RedBoard Biz: Rogers VP Gordon Stein’s forecast for 2011

If you own or manage a small or mid-sized business, staying on top of the latest technology trends is crucial to your organization’s success. Communications technologies can provide a competitive edge by making them more efficient, more productive and more connected, according to Gordon Stein, Vice President, Business Segment at Rogers.

Stein recently sat down with RedBoard Biz contributor Geoffrey Booth to look ahead at what’s in store for Canadian small and mid-sized businesses in 2011. He says companies that aren’t afraid to change the game will drive the recovery of our economy this year.

You can read the post on our business-focused blog, RedBoard Biz, here.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Keith Pelley on media in 2011: ‘Life’s not linear now’

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This is going to be the year when video comes of age across multiple platforms, says Keith Pelley, President of Rogers Media.

Pelley recently joined Rogers to lead our media organization through what is arguably one of the most pivotal times in the industry’s history.  From digitization of content,  to accessing it on new devices, 2011 will no doubt be exciting.

I sat down with Pelley to get his take on what’s next for the industry as well as what consumers of Rogers content can expect this year. Here are the highlights from our conversation:

What’s your forecast for the Canadian media industry in 2011?

This is the year when video comes of age online and on-demand, across multiple platforms. TV anywhere – or entertainment anywhere – this is the year when it hits critical mass.

We had a pretty good understanding during the Olympics that people want to be exposed to content in so many different ways.  As well, we’re starting to learn that multi-tasking is becoming commonplace. Life’s not linear now. You jump in, you jump out – you stop watching, you pick it up, you move.

The way people consume media continues to evolve and the tablet is the newest innovation that will steer people to view content completely different.

Any specific examples for what consumers of Rogers content can expect from us this year?

They’re going to see great content on the platform of their choice – and integration of content is going to be critical.

So, you’re going to be able to read an article from Maclean’s in a hard copy or you’re going to be able to read it in an iPad app. You’re going to be able to experience the prime-time programming on Citytv, like Modern Family, on conventional TV or video on demand – or, on your iPad. It really comes down to content with unlimited choices to experience it.

We’re no longer just television broadcasters or radio broadcasters – we’re content distributors. And, our goal will be to continue to provide unprecedented choice for consumers to experience the content that we produce and acquire – and this content  is certainly something we want to have ‘best in class.’

And we’re in an excellent position to experiment with multiple platforms, given that Rogers is an integrated media and distribution company. So, we can play online, on-demand and on-mobile.

Looking back at your career, how would you describe the current state of the media industry?

It was pretty exciting when the Internet came out – and then when it started to take off. It was exciting when HD became reality and it changed the way we viewed content.

I think the tablet is right up there with those two –  it is a game changer. This is a very, very exciting time. Long gone are the days when we huddled around the radio or television on a Saturday night.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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New year’s resolutions? There’s an app for that

This is a time for optimism as many of us make New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s losing weight, getting your life organized, or even managing the household budget, there are a slew of apps available to help you stay on track.

Mike, one of our Data Guyz, recently appeared on Vancouver’s Breakfast Television to discuss apps you can use on your smartphone or mobile device to make those resolutions a reality. Among his faves:

  • Daily Burn – iPhone app that lets you view and track your training plans, quickly track your exercises, search the full foods database and view charts of your progress, and much more.
  • MapMyRun – iPhone and BlackBerry app that logs and analyzes all your workouts over time, so you can improve and stay motivated.
  • Personal Assistant – Blackberry app that lets you track to-dos and appointments, even air miles.

You can check out the segment below.

The Data Guyz and Girls are Rogers employees who appear on TV, radio and online across Canada to talk about cool apps and the latest mobile technology. Expect to see more clips from them here on RedBoard as we help you get the most out of your devices.

Do you use any of the apps in the clip? What apps are you using to stay on top of your resolutions?

Duane MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Gadgetopia: Connected Rogers Magazine Live @ CES

Sure it may be cold and dark outside here in Canada, but the sun is shining on Las Vegas as gadget lovers around the world gather starting today for the world’s largest consumer technology trade show: CES 2011.

This year our Connected Rogers Magazine team will be on the show’s floor hunting for the latest gadgets, accessories and tech trends for the year ahead. The magazine’s coverage will include regular blog posts with pics and videos of all the action. You can find it on their website here. They’re also sending regular tweets via their @connectedmag Twitter account.

Just how big is CES? According to reports, 140,000 people will attend the show that comprises roughly 1.8-million square feet of exhibit space. There will be 2,900 companies showcasing the latest gear, software and technology.

In addition to Rogers products and services, Connected Rogers Magazine also covers non-Rogers technology, lifestyle and entertainment. And while we may not carry everything you read about from the show, attending events like CES provides us with a first glimpse at what’s hot among consumers – and what’s next.

What are you looking forward to hearing about from CES 2011? Have you ever been to the event?

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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