Archive for October, 2011

Get creeped out with Rogers On Demand Online

Halloween movies on Rogers on Demand OnlineWith the dog days of October closing in on us, that spooky feeling that comes with the month just gets stronger and stronger. Works for me – I’m a huge horror film fan. From ghosts and goblins to vampires (ones that don’t shimmer and go out during the daylight), werewolves and creepy things with tentacles, I’ll watch them all. On that note, I’m really pleased that Rogers On Demand Online has the Spooky Cinema & TV Collection on our site.  Basically, all the great, creepy content available on the site can be found on one, easy to manage page.  Here’s a look at just some of the movies, television shows and rentals you can find.

Free Movies: there’s nothing scary about watching some classic horror flicks for the low cost of free. In the Spooky Cinema & TV Collection, you’ll find some essential Halloween films, guaranteed to make you leave the lights on.

There’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe Freddy Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar, as a group of teenagers who accidently kill a man and swear to never anybody. Not really a great idea, especially when the foursome starts getting picked off one by one.

Also available to watch for free is the first film in the Saw franchise. Go back to the beginning where we meet the maniacal Jigsaw for the first time. If you haven’t seen Saw before, bear in mind it is pretty gory at certain points throughout the film. However, it’s also clever and well made, with a spectacularly unpredictable ending.

Spooky TV Shows:  One of the scariest shows to have hit television over the last few years was Masters of Horror. The idea was simple – get some of the best horror filmmakers in the world to create hour long episodes of their choosing. It’s an anthology series that lasted two seasons and featured work from directors like John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon and Dario Argento. You can watch both seasons of Masters of Horror for free at Rogers On Demand Online, but you will have to sign in first.

Spooky Rentals:  There are lots great new release and classic scary films available to rent from Rogers On Demand Online right now. Scream 4 reunites the original cast from the beloved film franchise – including Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell and whoever it is behind the Ghostface mask this time.  There’s also The Ward, the latest film from Halloween director John Carpenter, about a young institutionalized woman terrorized by a ghost. As for classics, you can take a trip to the Overlook Hotel (if you dare) by renting The Shining (still one of the greatest films ever made, horror or otherwise, in my humble opinion). What about The Exorcist – often hailed as thee scariest film every created?

As you can see, Rogers On Demand Online offers countless hours of great Spooky Cinema & TV for you to choose from in our collection. All you have to do is decide whether or not you’re brave enough to watch.

What’s your favourite scary to movie to watch at Halloween?

Andrew is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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My day as a Rogers Android

Ever since I was 13 years old, my dream has been to be a mascot at Disney World. More specifically, Goofy. So I jumped at the chance to be the Android mascot at Android TO.

On Wednesday, over 600 Android enthusiasts, developers and general mobile “tech geeks” attended Canada’s largest Android conference, Android TO. Rogers was the platinum sponsor of the event and I attended with my colleague @RogersMary. It was great to see so many questions come out of the sessions and the overall vibe to the day was nothing short of exciting.

Key moments to the conference? In my opinion, the mascot’s energetic personality and love for life stole the show. But don’t take my word for it. Check out this video of my day as the Android mascot (filmed entirely on the Android-powered HTC Jetstream LTE tablet) and see for yourself:

I know what you’re all thinking and yes, I really did proactively sign up to do this.

Was it hot? Of course (you should have seen how frizzy my hair was by the end of the day).

Was it a pain to get in to? Pain…well not really, but definitely challenging by myself in a small bathroom in the back of the speakers lounge. Definitely a sight.

Did it hurt when I was rushing to get to the stage for the closing remarks and accidently tripped over part of the Rogers booth, fell, only to end up stranded and stuck on my back with flailing limbs like a turtle flipped over on his shell? Aside from a few bruises on my shins, a slight back issue the day after, and sore abs from laughing hysterically, not really. *Quick shout out to those who ended up helping me up.Thank you!*

After all this, would I do it again? IN A HEART BEAT!

The best part was that people had no sweet clue who I was. As you saw, I was the life of the party. Have never had so many high-fives in my life.

Two other parts of the day, aside from the sessions, that deserve an honourable mention:

  • The “OS Update” dessert bar, provided by Cukor, which obviously included cupcakes, doughnuts, éclairs and of course, Android-shaped gingerbread cookies,
  • The #Harthfest after party. Everyone had an amazing time.

Thanks again to all the organizers and volunteers for putting on such a great event and giving me the opportunity to move one step closer to my Walt Disney World dream. We’re already planning and looking forward to next year.

If you could dress up like a mascot, which one would you be?

Melanie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers LTE lineup gets bigger: Say hello to the new HTC Raider

HTC Raider from RogersWe now have another smartphone to add to our growing LTE device lineup. HTC announced today the launch of the newest LTE smartphone, the HTC Raider.  Rogers will begin shipping today and the device will begin arriving in stores tomorrow.  The HTC Raider will be available for Rogers customers for $149.99 on select 3-year plans.

This new LTE smartphone will join the Rogers exclusive Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone that started shipping on Tuesday.

The Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)-powered HTC Raider, with HTC Sense, is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera and 1080p video recording. Built to entertain, the HTC Raider is the ideal movie-watching tool. HTC Watch gives users access to blockbuster movies and shows on a powerful, 4.5-inch qHD super LCD screen. On the Rogers LTE network, this means exceptional image and video quality with limited buffering or delays.

Beyond phones

In addition to Canada’s first LTE smartphones, Rogers also offers the exclusive HTC Jetstream LTE tablet, the first LTE tablet in Canada, and the Rogers LTE Rocket stick (Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U). The LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S) will be available in the coming weeks. This device allows you to create a mobile hotspot for up to 5 Wi-Fi devices.

Customers can reserve the HTC Raider and LTE Rocket mobile hotspot using the Rogers Reservation System at www.rogers.com/lte.

Which Rogers LTE device are you interested in?

Annemarie is a regular contributor to RedBoard 

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Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone to ship as early as next week

First LTE smartphone shipped in Canada

Rogers customer, Brian Javier, right, activates Canada’s 1st LTE smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, at Rogers Plus location in Toronto.

At Rogers we pride ourselves on bringing you the newest technologies first.

We were the first carrier in Canada to launch an LTE network. We’ve quickly expanded that network to become the first carrier to offer LTE in four of Canada’s largest cities. And we were the first Canadian carrier to sell an LTE stick and LTE tablet.

It’s this commitment to being first that has allowed us to secure a very limited number of Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphones that we’re shipping to a handful of customers on the Rogers Reservations System today.

While we wish we could get this device to everyone who has reserved the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE on the reservations system today, we’re thrilled to be able to deliver on our first-to-market commitment by shipping Canada’s first LTE smartphones.

We’re also excited to confirm that we’ll continue to fulfill orders for the device as early as next week and expect to have enough devices for everyone in the reservations system.

UPDATE (November 3, 2011, 4:26 p.m): We are pleased to confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE devices have arrived and we will begin shipping tomorrow to all customers on the Rogers Reservation System. Please note, as we are trying to get the devices to customers as quickly as possible, delivery status on the Rogers Reservation System will say “in progress” today and remain that way until Monday. The majority of devices will arrive next Monday with the potential for some to arrive as early as Saturday.

Keith is Vice President of Social Media at Rogers

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It’s back! And thinner than ever…the Motorola RAZR

Motorola Razor 2011 from Rogers

Whether you owned the hot pink or the silver one, the original Motorola RAZR was the thinnest and hottest mobile fashion accessory of the 2000s.

Just this afternoon, Motorola announced their newest, most impossibly thin device called the Motorola RAZR, which is coming exclusively to Rogers in time for the holidays!

With diamond-cut aluminum accents, the Motorola RAZR can display your photos in amazing quality on its 4.3” Super AMOLED advanced display.

As tough as nails

With its heavy-duty Kevlar fiber coating and tough Corning Gorilla Glass screen with splash-guard coating, you can drop it, scratch it, and toss it in your bag without any fear of damage.  Perfect for someone like me – I don’t know how many times a week I drop my phone!

Pics and files at your fingertips

Another really cool feature is that the RAZR can stream your music, pictures and files directly from your home or work computer – anytime, from anywhere!  So say you’ve just come back from that amazing European vacation and you’ve downloaded your pics from your camera onto your computer at home, but forgot to add them to your phone.  Have no fear!  With MotoCast, a free app from Motorola that’s already built in to the RAZR, you can stream content from your PC directly to your phone, wherever you happen to be.  Those vacation pics are now never left at home.

Be your own Spielberg

With the new RAZR, you can also watch movies on a screen that sports a wider range of colours than most LCD HD TVs. While on that European vacation, when you want to capture video of the Eiffel Tower, use the front-facing video camera and 8MP rear-facing camera with cinematic-quality 1080p HD video capture to create your own movies—and turn your life into art without breaking a sweat.

Did you have the original RAZR?  What do you think of the new Motorola RAZR?

Annemarie is a regular contributor to RedBoard 

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You click, you score: Rogers On Demand Online launches Leafs live streaming

Leafs live streaming on Rogers on Demand OnlineBeginning today, Rogers On Demand Online will be live streaming Sportsnet and Leafs TV games at www.rogersondemand.com/leafs, free, for customers who subscribe to Sportsnet and Leafs TV with their cable package. With all of the regular season games broadcasted on Sportsnet and Leafs TV, plus additional on-demand programming such as Game In Six Minutes or Game In One Hour, RogersOnDemand.com is the place to be for the best Leafs content.

All Rogers Cable TV customers within the Leafs broadcast territory will be able to receive 29 online streaming Leafs games as part of their cable package by simply registering and completing their Rogers account profile at www.rogersondemand.com.  Subscribers to Rogers DigitalVIP package will be able to stream an additional 12 games for a total of 41 games.

Rogers On Demand Online has become one of the top spots for sports viewing with live streaming of Toronto Blue Jays games and Rogers Cup matches this year, as well as the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Combined, all live streamed sports events have resulted in over half a million live streams to the site. We know Canadians love hockey and the Leafs live streaming is just one of the ways we’re helping to enhance your hockey viewing experience.

We’re celebrating everything Leafs this week with a Rogers On Demand Online Leafs live streaming giveaway! Just tell us in the comments section of this post, in 100 words or less, about the most memorable Leafs game you’ve ever watched and you could win one of 10 Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel autographed Toronto Maple Leafs replica jerseys.

UPDATE (October 24, 2011, 12:00 pm): The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone for your sharing your favourite Leafs memories with us! We’ll be announcing the winners of the jerseys both here on our blog and on our Twitter account, @RogersBuzz. The post will remain open for comments, so you can continue sharing your Leafs memories, however, any comments received after 12:00pm on October 24 will be ineligible for the draw for the jerseys.

UPDATE (October 26, 2011, 11:18): Congratulations to Jeff, Justin, Alex, Shaun, Stephen, David, Katelyn, Aline, Isabella and Mike S – the winners of the signed Phaneuf and Kessel replica jerseys. Your prizes are in the mail and should arrive soon. Thanks again to everyone who participated and shared their favourite Leafs memories!

Sharon is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Contest closes at 12:00 p.m. ET on October 24, 2011. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. To enter, tell us in 100 words or less, on the RedBoard blog, about the most memorable Leafs game you’ve ever watched.  Prize: Participants are eligible to win one (1) of ten (10) Toronto Maple Leafs autographed jersey valued at approximately $250.00 each—only one Jersey per winner. One entry/person. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.

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Calling all bargain hunters! Rogers introduces Red Hot Deals

Rogers red hot dealsWho doesn’t love a good deal? I know I do. There’s nothing more satisfying than finding the item I’m looking for on sale. You get what you want, you have a little extra cash in your pocket and you generally just feel pretty good about it. No buyer’s remorse, that’s for sure.

Whether you’re a seasoned bargain hunter or you just like to casually browse the sale du jour, we’ve got something new you’ll want to check out. Introducing Red Hot Deals, the online hot spot for the best deals Rogers can offer. And we’re not talking about just phones. Red Hot Deals has great offers from The Shopping Channel and discounts on Rogers magazine subscriptions as well.

Show me the deals!

You can check out all the current deals on Rogers.com by clicking on the Red Hot Deals logo in the top right corner of the page, or click here. We’ll always have at least 6 deals featured and it’s always changing so check back often to make sure you don’t miss out on the latest and greatest. All wireless offers are eligible on select 1 year terms on new activations.  Existing customers are unable to upgrade to one of the wireless offers but magazine deals and Shopping Channel merchandise is available to everyone. All deals are available while supplies last.

I want it!

See something you like? You can complete the purchase online by clicking Learn More and following the steps. A Rogers representative will follow up with a phone call to ensure the details of your order are correct. If you prefer, you can also make your purchase over the phone by calling 1-877-508-1764 and using the promo code: REDHOTDEALS

Don’t miss out

If you want to stay on top of all the deals we’re posting, you can sign up to get deals emailed to you weekly. Just go here and submit your email address. You can also follow the latest deals on Twitter via @RogersBuzz or on our Facebook page.

Right now, we’ve got a great deal on the BlackBerry Curve 8900 for just $39.90 on select 1 year term plans on new activations. Don’t miss it!

What’s the best deal you’ve ever got?

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers Reservation System: iPhone 4S update

Many of you have been asking for an update about when you’ll get your iPhone 4S that you reserved through our Reservation System. Some of you have asked about how you’ll be notified, when your iPhone 4S  will arrive in store, and how we will manage inventory for this great new smartphone.

We are allocating inventory to the Reservation System.  We are excited to tell you that we have begun fulfilling reserved orders and we will continue to ship reserved orders as inventory becomes available from Apple.

When your device is ready to ship, you will receive an email from us with a link to track your shipment until it arrives at the store of your choice.  If you don’t get an email letting you know your device is ready this weekend, fear not, you’re still on the list. By being on our reservation system you don’t have to line up or look for stores that have an iPhone left.  Keep an eye on your email starting early next week. We’ll send you an update on your place in line.

Remember you can always check where you are in line and the status of your reservation by visiting rogers.com/myrogers.

We know that some of you may choose to go to a store to try to get a smartphone this weekend. That’s okay too, because your $40 reservation fee is totally refundable. All you have to do is cancel your reservation and we’ll give you back your $40.

We’ll continue to keep you updated.

UPDATE: (October 16, 2011, 5pm): We have now shipped thousands of devices and many of you will soon receive a notification that your device has been shipped. We continue to receive more inventory and have put extra staff in place so we can get the devices sent out as quickly as possible.  At this point stores are selling out. But since you have reserved a device you are guaranteed to get one without having to line up or phone to see if there are any available. To track the progress of your reservation you can log on to MyRogers.

Mary is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Found: your missing smartphone

Rogers Phone FinderYou know the feeling. That moment of panic when you realize you can’t find your phone. Where did I last have it? What if someone took it? Whether it is at a restaurant, in a cab or at home, I seem to forget my phone on a weekly basis.  And I’m not alone in this either. Our research indicates that 31% of Rogers customers lose or misplace their phone at least once per year. The forgetful can now rest easier with the Rogers Phone Finder, an exclusive new service for Rogers customers that helps you locate your lost or misplaced phone.

This service is compatible with all Rogers mobile phones as long as your phone is powered on, connected to the Rogers network and you have registered for this service.  As part of our Handset Protection Guarantee Program, your first 5 lookups per month are free. For any additional lookups per month you will be charged $0.20/per lookup and the charges will appear on your Rogers bill.

Here’s how to get set up:

Register in advance

All you have to do is go to www.RogersPhoneFinder.com on a PC, tablet or smartphone, review the terms and conditions, and register your mobile number. Once you register, you will receive a text message on your mobile phone.   You must reply “Allow” to complete your registration. Once you have registered, you will be able to use the service.

Start locating

If you have misplaced your phone, sign in to www.RogersPhoneFinder.com and a Google map interface will open up. To the left of the screen you will see your phone number and a button “Locate my phone.” Just select the button and click “OK” to confirm that you wish to find your phone’s location. When your phone is located a pop-up window will be displayed, click “OK”.  Your phone’s approximate address and location will come up on the Google map in your browser.

Have you ever lost your phone? Were you able to find it?

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard 

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Happy Thanksgiving from RedBoard

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