Archive for June, 2011

Oh Canada! Celebrating Canadian content On Rogers On Demand Online

Canadian Content on Rogers on Demand OnlineCan you believe that our home and native land is turning 144 years old this Canada Day? Where has the time gone? To celebrate, why not check out some of the great Canadian content we have available on Rogers On Demand Online.

In the mood for a mystery? This summer you can catch new episodes of the CityTV series, Murdoch Mysteries.  Set in Toronto in the 1890’s, the show stars Yannick Bisson as police detective William Murdoch, who uses some pretty unorthodox methods for the time to solve crimes. Now in its fourth season, Murdoch Mysteries is free to all Rogers Wireless, Home Phone, Hi-Speed Internet and Cable TV customers.

This summer you can also catch up on some of the great homegrown shows from CBC. On Dragons’ Den,  some of the county’s most brilliant financial minds decide whether or not to invest in aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs. The pitches are entertaining, as are the reactions from the Dragons’ themselves. You can also watch the entire first season of Republic of Doyle, the comedy-drama series about a father/son private investigation team, set within the gorgeous scenery of St. Johns, Newfoundland. Both shows, along with lots more CBC content, is available for free to Rogers Wireless, Home Phone, Hi-Speed Internet and Cable TV customers.

Something for the kids

If you’re looking for some great kid’s content, definitely visit the newly launched TVO Kids channel on Rogers On Demand Online.  Kids can take a trip to Gisele’s Big Backyard or kick out the jams at Jackie’s School of Dance. Not only are the shows like My Canada educational, they’re fun as well. It’s a great way to learn about topics like the Prime Minister or Canada’s place in the world without anybody’s eyes glazing over.  And it must be noted that Space Trek’s Captain Kent is almost as cool as one James T. Kirk. Almost. TVO Kids is free to everyone.

HBO Canada

One great Canadian show of the past few yearshas been the HBO Canada series Durham County, starring the amazing Hugh Dillon (who is also the frontman for Canadian rockers, The Headstones). For three seasons, we watched the story of Durham detective Mike Sweeny as he dealt with brutal criminal cases and a disintegrating family life. The series is often dark and disturbing, but it’s also full of mesmerizing performances and visuals.  Durham County and HBO Canada is available on Rogers on Demand Online to Rogers Cable TV customers as part of their HBO subscription.

Homegrown talent

If we’re talking Canada Day, we’ve also got to give a tip of the hat to all the Canadian stars this country has produced, which is what we’re doing on our Rentals page with O Canada – Canadian Stars.  Find out what happens when a man challenges himself to say yes to everything in Carrey’s Yes Man or head back to the swingin’ sixties with the grooviest character Mike Myers ever came up with, Austin Powers.  You can also catch Keanu on Rogers On Demand in two of my favourite films of his, the comic book adaptation Constantine and the great supernatural story The Devil’s Advocate, which also stars the one and only Al Pacino as Lucifer himself.

There’s lots more great Canadian shows to discover on Rogers On Demand Online.

What’s your favourite Canadian series or film?

Andrew Burns is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers Remote TV Manager: schedule TV recordings from anywhere, anytime

Rogers Remote TV ManagerWe’ve all been there. Tied up in a long lineup or stuck in a meeting that’s running longer than expected when you suddenly realize that you forgot to set your PVR to record the latest episode of True Blood. Now, you can keep your cool knowing that you won’t miss a second of your favourite show thanks to Rogers Remote TV Manager.

The new service offers you the freedom and flexibility to manage your 8300 HD PVR through a web portal or free mobile app. Right now, the web portal and iPhone app are available for customers in Ontario, and in the coming months, apps for Blackberry and Android will be available.

What does it do?

From the web portal or the app, you’ll be able to:

  • Easily manage and schedule your recordings without being in front of your TV
  • Review scheduled and recorded programs
  • Delivers advanced search capabilities for TV shows and PVR Program content (actor, director, keyword, and channel name)
  • Browse the on-screen guide to find your favourite shows
  • Quickly see how much space is available for recordings

How can I get it?

First, you need to ensure you have an eligible HD PVR box and a Rogers digital television service subscription. Currently, Rogers Remote TV Manager is only available to customers in Ontario with the Scientific Atlanta 8300 HD PVR.

To use the Remote TV Manager online, you need to sign in, or register with MyRogers. Under “Cable Television,” you’ll see Remote TV Manager. You will be notified here if you do not have the eligible hardware or if you need to register your TV account to your MyRogers ID using your account number.

If you’re an iPhone user, you can download the app from iTunes. You need to have iOS 4 on your iPhone for the app to work.

Not a Rogers wireless customer? No problem. Rogers Remote TV Manager can be downloaded and used on any compatible mobile device on any wireless carrier.

Currently the service is only available in Ontario. We’ll let you know when we have information to share about availability for customers in other provinces.

How do I use it?

You can find detailed instructions on how to use the app on Rogers.com here.

You can also check out a detailed How-To guide on both the web portal and the app from Connected Magazine.

What about Android and BlackBerry customers?

A Rogers Remote TV Manager app will be available for Android from the Android Market this summer. We’ll let BlackBerry customers know when they can expect the app as soon as we have more details to share.

Have you tried Rogers Remote TV Manager? What do you think?

UPDATE (August 9, 2011, 10:23 am): As promised, Rogers Remote TV Manager app is now available for Android. To download the app, just search “Rogers Remote TV Manager” in the Android Market.

UPDATE: (October 20, 2011, 4:41pm): The Rogers Remote TV Manager is now available for BlackBerry smartphones! With the new app, Rogers customers with Black Berry OS 4.6 or higher, can manage their HD PVR from anywhere.  It’s easy, convenient and free! Check out the details at BlackBerry App World.

Sarah Daly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Now boarding: Rogers introduces new Unlimited U.S. Roaming Text Messaging offers

Rogers Roaming PlansAfter the long Canadian winter, there’s nothing more exciting than the arrival of summer; the perfect time for vacation.  If you’re like us, you’ll probably be packing your smartphone alongside all the other vacation essentials.  And if a trip to the U.S. is on your agenda, we’ve got good news for you!  We now have two new Unlimited U.S. Roaming Text Messaging offers, perfect for texting with friends and family as you’re taking in a show on Broadway in New York or testing your luck in Las Vegas.

What are the new offers?
Depending on how long you’ll be in the States, we now have two new options for you to choose from. Both offers are available for a one-time purchase and will allow you to send and receive unlimited text messages while in the States.  No need for you to do anything to remove the offer from your account either, the offer will automatically be removed once it expires.

Now available, if you’re travelling to the U.S. for a night or weekend, simply text “TRAVEL” to 7626 before or upon your arrival to purchase the $10 Unlimited U.S. Roaming Text Messaging Pass.  As soon as you purchase the Pass, you can begin sending and receiving unlimited text messages until 11:59pm (Eastern Time) the next day.

For longer trips, you can add the $50 Unlimited U.S. Roaming Text Messaging Travel Pack which expires one month after the date of purchase.

The Unlimited U.S. Roaming Text Messaging offers can be used all over the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and include text messages sent from the U.S. to a U.S. number, a Canadian number or an international number.

How to get it?
No need to call in. You can easily add an Unlimited U.S. Roaming Text Messaging offers right from your phone. All you have to do is:

  • Text “TRAVEL” to 7626 and a link will be sent to your phone to allow you to purchase the offers.
  • Or, roaming offers can be added by going to rogers.com/m/usa on your mobile device or by logging into My Rogers from your computer

Rogers is proud to be the first wireless carrier in Canada to provide an unlimited text messaging roaming offer for the U.S. We are continually introducing new plans and pricing as we aggressively negotiate directly with roaming partners around the world. We believe it’s critical to make roaming affordable and we’re continually looking for ways to deliver this for our customers.

Adding a roaming option before your vacation can help you save over 90% off the standard rates.

Want more information about travelling with your phone? Check out www.rogers.com/roaming to learn about the new Unlimited U.S. Roaming Text Messaging offers and other roaming add-ons.

Are you planning a trip to the U.S. this summer?

Katie Boland is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers has your ticket to the sold out IIFA Awards

Rogers and BollywoodAccording to reports, the first 7,000 tickets for this year’s International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Toronto were completely sold out within five minutes. The now sold out three-day event – dubbed the “Indian Oscars” – will be in North America for the first time and features a film festival, dozens of cultural events and a June 25 awards show at the Rogers Centre.

If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to secure your ticket in advance, you can still be a part of the action with some great content available from Rogers.

Watch the IIFA Awards live on Pay Per View

For the first time in the history of the IIFA Awards, more than 4.5 hours of coverage of the event will be available on pay per view. If you’re a Digital Cable subscriber, you can order the IIFA Awards for $39.95 in either SD or HD and watch the event live as it happens on June 25 starting at 8 pm. The live broadcast will be covered in both English and Hindi.

To order, you’ll need to call 1-888-ROGERS1.

Get ready with on demand content

You’ll be able to relive the excitement of the 2009 and 2010 IIFA awards with content from past events available for free on Multicultural on Demand (MOD) channel 800 and Rogers on Demand Online (RODO). Before the big event on June 25, you can also watch popular OMNI produced shows on demand for free like Bollywood Boulevard and Bollywood Top Ten.

Get more Bollywood action with the Multicultural Entertainment Zone

Check out our recently updated Multicultural Entertainment Zone on your mobile phone now packed with great content including thousands of videos, games, wallpapers, songs, ring backs and international news. To help you stay connected to Bollywood content, this portal also has highlights from the 2009 and 2010 IIFA awards and hundreds of thousands of videos, including 40,000 South Asian titles.

You can check out the zone by texting Bollywood to 898. You’ll then be sent a link that will direct you to more content. The text message is free to send and there’s no cost to browse the Multicultural Entertainment Zone.

Will you be watching this year’s IIFA Awards?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G coming to Rogers

Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G from RogersYesterday, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G smartphone and we’re excited to tell you that it will be available exclusively from Rogers this summer.

The Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G runs on Android OS 2.3 and will be Rogers first smartphone reaching theoretical speeds of up to 21Mbps.  The device reaches just 8.99 mm at its thinnest point so it’s easy to slip into a purse or pocket. On top of that, it also has a 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus screen, the largest touchscreen on any Samsung phone. The screen is amazingly crisp and clear, perfect for watching video, even in daylight.  The device also comes with an 8MP camera with HD video capture.

Rogers was the first carrier to bring Android-powered devices to Canada in 2009 and we’re excited to bring another innovative device to our lineup of Android smartphones.

Details on pricing and exact availability aren’t available just yet but we’ll be sure to update you here on RedBoard with more details as soon as we can.

What do you think of the new Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G?

UPDATE (August 2, 6:11 pm): The Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G is now available exclusively with Rogers nation-wide for $149.99 on select three-year terms or $549.99 no term.

Katie Boland is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Get ready Ottawa: Your LTE network is coming this summer

Sierra Wireless from RogersWe’re excited to announce that Ottawa is the first city in Canada to experience Rogers Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. If you live or work in Ottawa, this means you can be among the first in the world to experience the gold standard of wireless technology.

And, on top of that, we’re ready to take reservations now for the first LTE enabled device with commercial deployment this summer: the LTE Rocket™ stick.

For Rogers customers in the Ottawa area, you can now reserve your LTE Rocket stick through our Rogers Reservation System. This system allows you to secure a place “in line” for the device without having to visit a store or call us. All you have to do is login to your MyRogers account, select the wireless number you wish to make your reservation with, then click the Device Reservation button and follow the instructions. You’ll receive regular email notifications telling you your place in line and an email with courier company tracking details when the device ships. The device will be delivered to the participating store that you selected when they become available later this summer.  If you don’t see the Device Reservation button on your portal, click in the link provided on rogers.com/LTERocketstick —> Reserve it Now —> “I don’t see the Device Reservation in my self-serve portal.” To learn more about the Rogers Reservation System, go to http://www.rogers.com/rogersreservations

Back in April, we announced that Rogers will launch its LTE network this year in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver, with an additional 21 markets by the end of 2012.

If you live or work outside of Ottawa, sign up at IwantmyLTE.ca to be notified when LTE is coming to your area. You’ll also get updates on LTE roll-out and what LTE means for you as a Rogers customer.

Ottawa residents: How will LTE make your summer faster?

Stacey Fowler is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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World IPv6 Day: how will it impact you?

IPv6 logoYou may have heard that IP addresses are running out. It’s true. IP addresses that fall under what is commonly known as IPv4, or Internet Protocol version 4 will soon reach their technical limit causing a shortage of available IP addresses. The good news is there’s a solution: IPv6.

What is IPv6?

Currently there are almost 4.3 billion unique IP addresses that use IPv4, but it’s simply not enough to support the number of internet-connected devices around the world.

IPv6 is an updated internet protocol capable of supporting more devices, by supporting more addresses – 340 undecillion to be exact. For context, one undecillion is 10 to the power of 38, or a one followed by 38 zeros. To put it in perspective, if the current pool of 4.3 billion addresses were the size of a golf ball, the new 340 undecillion address space would be about the size of the sun.

What is World IPv6 Day?

World IPv6 Day is June 8 from midnight to midnight GMT. On this day, major web companies around the world will enable IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours. This test period is designed to help the industry prepare for global deployment of the new protocol by flagging and fixing issues in advance.

For those in the Eastern time zone, the event will take place from 8:00pm on  June 7 to 8:00pm on June 8. To see when World IPv6 day will start for you, go here.

How will World IPv6 Day impact you?

Most likely, it won’t. The vast majority of Rogers customers will not be affected during the test period.  In some rare cases, some people may not be able to access certain websites, but this will be temporary.

Rogers has been preparing for this change for more than two years and making continual network improvements to minimize the impact on you. Our engineers have been working since 2006 to modernize our network so we can seamlessly integrate IPv6. We’ve also been working closely with content partners like Google to ensure that you can continue to access the information you need, when you need it.

Should I do anything to prepare?

No. However, you can ensure that your computer is up-to-date with the latest software fixes. You can also visit our Information Centre or go to http://test-ipv6.com to check the readiness of your computer in advance.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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A Friday night free for all with Rogers on Demand Online

Rogers on Demand Online: Mad MenDo you remember when it didn’t cost nearly $50 for a night at the movies? We do. Luckily, if you’re looking for a free, fun way to spend a Friday night (or any night, for that matter), Rogers On Demand Online has some super movie and TV show suggestions to keep you entertained.

As part of a new RedBoard series highlighting some of the great content on Rogers on Demand Online, we’re starting with a look at some of our favourite programming that’s included with your Digital TV subscription at no additional cost.

Mad Men: Mad Men is one of the most critically acclaimed television series of the past five years, thanks to it’s unique setting (the ad agency world of the 1960’s) and ridiculously hot cast (Jon Hamm, January Jones and Elisabeth Moss, for starters). Rogers On Demand Online has all four seasons of the show, so you can start at the very beginning. Mad Men is available for free to all Rogers Digital TV customers.

Robocop: Part man. Part machine. All cop. That was the tagline for Robocop when it hit theatres back in 1987. The less said about the sequels and TV series, the better, but there’s no doubt that the original film, which is available to Rogers customers on Rogers On Demand Online, has stood the test of time.  Sidenote – a remake is on the way next year, but we doubt it will be as good as the original. Robobop is available for free to Rogers Wireless, Home Phone, Hi-Speed Internet and Cable TV customers.

HBO: If you’re a HBO Subscriber, you can watch the channel on your computer so you don’t have to battle for TV supremacy. Among the HBO shows you can access easily are George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones and The Ricky Gervais Show. Plus, you can get psyched for the upcoming fourth season of True Blood by revisiting Season Three.  HBO programming is available on Rogers on Demand Online to Rogers Cable TV customers as part of their HBO subscription.

That’s just a small sampling of the amazing content Rogers On Demand has to offer. If none of the above speaks to you, I guarantee you’ll be able to find something when you visit the site.

What’s your favourite show or movie to watch on a Friday night?

 

Andrew Burns is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers to invest $80 million in wireless network in the Maritimes

Rogers to expand Maritime networkGood news for Canadians in the Maritimes: Rogers will invest $80 million to expand the 4G HSPA+ network in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. This will mean better signal strength, faster downloads and more device selection to nearly 1 million more Maritimers, representing a 130% increase over the current population coverage.

By the time work is complete, Rogers 4G HSPA+ network will cover 94% of the Maritime population meaning people in these provinces will be able to get their hands on the latest devices including Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and tablets, all with faster data speeds and stronger signal strength.

When will upgrades begin?

We’ll begin work on the wireless network later this month. New coverage areas will be announced throughout the construction period, which will continue throughout 2012.

If you live in the Maritimes, what new devices are you interested in getting?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Why our customers need a fair and open spectrum auction

Speaking at the Canadian Telecom Summit this week, Rob Bruce, president of Communications for Rogers, explained why a fair and open auction for 700 MHz wireless spectrum is good for Rogers’ nine million wireless customers. Bruce said fair and open access to the 700 MHz spectrum is critical for deployment of a next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, as it delivers better in-building penetration and, importantly for Canadians who live in a country with low population density, better coverage in rural and remote areas.

“Restrictions on the 700Mhz band auction would be unfair to our nine million wireless customers who have every right to access a truly national, robust LTE network in both urban and rural markets,” Bruce said.

To see highlights from his speech, check out the below video:

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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