Archive for April, 2012

Weekend Reading: Hot hardware & TV Makeover update

Samsung Now the World’s No. 1 Handset Maker

Mashable wrote about a new study from Strategy Analytics stating this week stating that Samsung’s market share is now 25%, with a $4.5 billion profit in its most-recent quarter, nearly doubling last year’s figures and estimates. This adds up to an estimated 93.5 million handsets sold in the first quarter alone!

We can certainly see what all the hype is about. We’ve got a stellar lineup of Samsung devices that include the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Samsung Rugby 2. Samsung even has you covered if you’re in the market for a tablet – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE comes equipped with an 8.9” screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and high-def video capture and display.

Head on over to your nearest Rogers retailer and check out our lineup of Samsung devices in-store or online now. What’s your favourite Rogers Samsung device?

TV Makeover Update

Competition is heating up for our ongoing  TV Makeover contest! We’ve received over 100 entries so far, and you’ve got until May 10th to submit more!

We’re seeing some pretty compelling entries. Pictures are worth a thousand words afterall, but sometimes an added caption can really give it that extra something. Check out these creative entries:

Kelly from Harrowsmith, Ontario

We need a tv makeover, this one has a vcr built in, how old is that???

Deanna from Hamilton, Ontario

Music,technology and fashion in the 80s had an impact on the future. My 80s TV is holding me back.

Zoe from Barrie, Ontario

After living here for 11 years, are theater room has never been renovated! This room needs help!

Got one of your own? Then enter our TV Makeover contest now and share your story!

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Ready, set, style! Watch Canada’s Best Beauty Talent on Rogers on Demand and Rogers Anyplace TV

Canada's best beauty talentFor the next three weeks, the spotlight will continue to be on Canada’s most promising hair and makeup artists competing for the title of Canada’s Best Beauty Talent in an original 12-part digital series.

Hosted by Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha, the web series is available on www.bestbeautytalent.com, Rogers on Demand Channel 100, Rogers Anyplace TV, and Citytv.com. You can catch up on the first three episodes any time and watch the next three episodes as they become available every Sunday and Monday night following the television broadcasts of  Canada’s Got Talent on Citytv. The series was created by Rogers Media Client Solutions team and L’Oreal Canada.

Like any good reality show, the competitors are tasked with weekly challenges to create a certain look within a time limit. The looks are then evaluated by host Coco Rocha, resident judge Lisa Tant, editor-in-chief of FLARE, and an array of guest judges including CityLine host Tracy Moore. Two contestants are eliminated each week, and the remaining beauty artists move on. Of the original 12 contestants, six remain in the competition. You can check out their profiles here to learn more about them.

At the end of the competition, the best hair artist and the best makeup artist will get a feature in FLARE, Hello! Canada and LOULOU magazines, the opportunity to attend the Toronto International Film Festival with L’Oreal Paris and a beauty blog on chatelaine.com. The overall grand prize winner will also receive a trip to Paris to visit the L’Oreal headquarters.

For more information on the series, check out www.bestbeautytalent.com and don’t forget to tune in to this week’s webisode available on Sunday, April 29 at 9:00 p.m. EST. You can also follow Canada’s Best Beauty Talent on Facebook and on Twitter, @BeautyTalent.

Of the remaining six contestants, who do you think will be crowned Canada’s Best Beauty Talent?

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Weekend Reading: TV Makeover entries, National Volunteer Week & LTE devices

In this week’s review, we’ll update you on our TV Makeover contest, show some love to our volunteers at Rogers TV for National Volunteer Week, and connect you with a quick guide to the latest LTE smartphones via Connected Magazine.

TV Makeover Contest

If you haven’t been following our TV Makeover contest, you’ve been missing out! Not only do you have the chance to win an amazing Samsung and Nextbox 2.0 prize pack valued at over $5,000, but the blast from the past TV sets in our entries are a lot of fun too!

Check out this beauty from Mary in Burlington, Ontario with rabbit ears and all! Or how about Jose’s from Ajax, Ontario with the old school crank knobs to change channels! If you think you can top these entries, then what are you waiting for? Just go here and upload a picture of your old TV set and write a 100 character description of why you need a TV makeover.  Use the hashtag #TVMakeover to tweet, like, pin and share your entry with your friends.

National Volunteer Week

In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to acknowledge and thank all our amazing volunteers who work in our community stations across Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

If you or someone you know is interested in television production, our volunteers are given hands-on training which provides both valuable experience and skills needed for a career in broadcasting or in other job sectors. Some of our positions include camera operator, floor director, production assistant, and makeup artist. For more insight, check out what some of our volunteers had to say about their experience volunteering at Rogers in our video section under “What I got from volunteering at Rogers TV.”

4 LTE enabled smartphones for your viewing, talking, watching, & texting pleasure

Last week the industry was buzzing about the Nokia Lumia 900. This week it’s all about the HTC One X With LTE speeds, 8MP cameras and AMOLED touch screens, these devices are among the hottest in the marketplace.

But let’s not forget some of the trailblazing LTE devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note or the Samsung Galaxy SII. Find out what makes all 4 devices so popular, and find out which one is right for you in Connected Magazine’s guide “LTE Smartphones: Nokia Lumia 900, HTC One X and more.”

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22. Why not join the Earth Day events happening in your community this weekend? To find out what’s happening in your city, go here and click on your province on the map to see a list of what’s happening in your community.

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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RedBoard video: hands-on with the HTC One X from Rogers

Introducing the new HTC One X, the latest smartphone from Rogers offering a premium mobile experience with an iconic HTC design. It also has an amazing 8MP camera with F2.0 aperture and authentic sound experience as the first Beats-branded smartphone in Canada. Whether you’re snapping video and images at a concert or listening to music on your commute home, the new HTC One X will offer you a best-in-class audio and picture experience. Operating on Canada’s fastest and largest LTE network*, the HTC One X allows you to quickly upload images to Facebook, download full albums and stream HD music videos, with virtually no delays or buffering.

If you want more details on this new device, Salim, our Rogers Data Guy, is back with another RedBoard video to show you all the great features of this device:

The HTC One X is now exclusively available in Rogers retail locations for $169.99 with select 3-year plans or visit rogers.com for more information.

What your favourite feature of the HTC One X?

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

*Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage.

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Rogers Reader’s Advantage program: have you taken advantage yet?

Rogers Reader AdvantageKeeping up with hot topics these days can be a daunting task – fashion, food, fitness, business, parenting, sports, and celebrity gossip – where does it end?!

Lucky for you, we’ve got the Rogers Reader’s Advantage program. Did you know that as a Rogers customer, you can get some of your favourite magazines for as low as $1/month? It’s true! You can get great titles like MacLean’s, Chatelaine, Sportsnet and Today’s Parent for up to 85% off the cover price. Just pick out the ones you like, and they will be added to your Rogers account. Pay nothing up front. Not sure if you’ll like a certain magazine? No problem.  You are never locked in and you can cancel anytime.

To help you decide which magazines you might like to get, here’s what’s inside our latest issues:

Chatelaine: A gardening guide for the month of April

Today’s Parent: Is Your Toddler Too Chubby?

Canadian Business: Sanofi launches diabetes sensor for iPhone

Hello! The World’s Most Stylish Women: A Celebration of Timeless Glamour

LouLou: Score some cheap thrills with sensational spring buys all for under a $100!

Sportsnet: The Quiet Room, NHL myth?

Flare: 10 Bright Spring Nail Polishes

Money SenseMortgage secrets revealed

Macleans: Stalking women? There’s an app for that.

To take advantage of this program, click this link, select your magazines, and fill out your mailing info at the bottom. All publications will be added to your monthly Rogers invoice, no credit card required! And, if you order now, you’ll also get a bonus digital copy of “Cooking Class”, Chatelaine’s step by step guide to mastering classic recipes. The offer is not available to Rogers prepaid customers.

Personally, I’m going to indulge in some celebrity gossip via Hello! up at the cottage this summer. You can never have too much reading on a hammock by the lake!

What’s your favourite magazine?

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Cheers to volunteers: National Volunteer Week at Rogers TV

Rogers TV volunteer

Michelle, Volunteer Reporter for Rogers TV, Toronto

Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, a perfect opportunity for Rogers TV to salute the talented volunteers who work diligently in its community stations across Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

At any given time, approximately 2,000 individuals dedicate themselves to providing the best in community television programming at Rogers. The quality of their work shines whether they are in front of the camera or behind the scenes.

In exchange for their commitment, volunteers are provided with hands-on training in many aspects of television production. This provides both valuable experience and skills needed for a career in broadcasting or in other job sectors.

Here’s how to get involved:

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer at Rogers TV, visit the Volunteer section of RogersTV.com: http://www.rogerstv.com/volunteer or call our Volunteer Hotline at 1-877-LOCAL TV.

For more information, you can also check out the videos here to learn about what volunteers do and the benefits of developing these skill sets.

For residents of Toronto, follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/RogersTVToronto.

On behalf of everyone at Rogers, thank you to all volunteers. We appreciate everything you do.

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Weekend reading: family plans, TV makeovers, & streaming the 2012 NHL playoffs

In this week’s review, we’ll guide you through the new Rogers Family Plans, then fill you in on how you can stream the 2012 NHL Playoffs through Rogers Live Mobile app. Plus get the scoop on our TV Makeover contest and how you could win a #Nextbox prize pack!

Rogers family plans

With the hustle and bustle of today’s families, we know how important it is to stay connected. That’s why we launched the Rogers Family Plans. There’s the Unlimited Family Plan for those who text a lot but don’t make many calls, and the Ultimate Unlimited Family Plan for the family that does it all! Best of all, starting this week, customers who activate 2 new smartphones on the family voice and data plan on a 3-yr term are eligible to receive a FREE Xbox 360® with Kinect™! Click here for more details.

A big week for sports

This week marked the beginning of two big sporting events: the Blue Jays home opener and the beginning of the NHL playoffs! To make sure you catch all the NHL playoff action, the Rogers Live Mobile app now offers unlimited streaming of CBC’s Hockey Night on your smartphone until October 31st for just $5/month! After this time period, users can stream 5 hours per month with $1 per each additional hour.

If you’ve shifted your focus away from hockey, Rogers wireless customers can also stream all 162 Blue Jays games at home, at work and on the go, with the Rogers Live Mobile app for your smartphone or Rogers Anyplace TV on your computer. Here’s our blog post on how you can catch all the MLB action. The Rogers Live Mobile app is available now on Rogers smartphones through iTunes, Google Play and BlackBerry App World. You can check out all the details on our recent blog post here.

As a bonus, you can also check out an article The Hamilton Spectator did recently about the Blue Jays involvement with social media – “These Jays Are Young & Twitter Savvy.” Fans are connecting with their favourite players while simultaneously streaming the game! Follow the general @BlueJays on Twitter for all the latest updates.

#TVMakeover Contest

Is your home entertainment system screaming for a makeover? If so, have we got the contest for you! We just launched our TV Makeover contest – to enter, simply upload a picture of your current TV setup, then in 100 characters or less tell us why you need an upgrade. What’s in it for you? How does a Rogers and Samsung facelift valued at over $5,000 sound! Go here to enter and for more details, check out our blog post from earlier this week here.

New board on Windows Phone in the Community Forums

If you’re looking for information or need answers to questions about Windows Phone, we’ve just opened a new board in our Community Forums.

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers’ “TV makeover contest:” Win a NextBox/Samsung Prize Pack!

Rogers and Samsung TV Makeover contestIs your TV covered in a solid wood casing? Is it so large, it requires two strong adults to lift it? Do you use words like “classic” or “vintage” to refer to it? If you answered ‘yes‘ to any of these questions, we can help.

While you might say your old TV has a certain “charm,” we know that for true TV lovers, an awesome setup is necessary for a truly exceptional TV viewing experience. That’s why we’re having a TV makeover contest. The prize? A total Rogers NextBox 2.0 facelift valued at over $5,000. Here’s what the future of television looks like:

  • A super narrow 55” Samsung LED Smart TV with HD and 3D technology
  • A Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablet
  • A Rogers NextBox HD PVR & HD Terminal
  • Platinum NextBox 2.0 package for 6 months

How to enter:

Just go here and submit a picture of your current TV setup and tell us why you’re in need of an upgrade in 100 characters or less. We’ll be selecting the top 5 entries and doing a random draw for the winner on May 10. You must be a Rogers cable customer in Ontario to enter the contest.

What is NextBox 2.0?

It’s a suite of new features for Rogers cable customers in Ontario that delivers a TV-without-borders experience, any time, in any room of your home. It includes Whole Home PVR, so you can watch your recorded shows from any TV in your home. NextBox 2.0 also features Rogers Live TV which allows you to stream 22 live TV channels on your iPad or Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet using your home Wi-Fi connection. For more details, check out our recent blog post here.

Do you need a TV makeover? Submit your entry here!

UPDATE (May 10, 2012, 12:52 p.m.): The TV Makeover contest is now over. A huge thanks to everyone who entered and shared your TV pictures with us. There were some great entries. We’ll be publishing a new blog post announcing the top 5 finalists later today. The grand prize winner will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Contest closes at 12:00 noon ET on May 10, 2012. Open to residents of Ontario who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. To enter, upload a picture in either JPEG, TIFF, PNG or BMP format and tell us why you deserve to have your home entertainment system upgraded.  Prize: Participants are eligible to win one (1) 55” Samsung LED Smart TV, one (1) Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9”, one (1) Rogers NextBox™ HD PVR and HD Terminal and a Platinum NextBox™ 2.0 package including six (6) months of  digital service to a maximum of $200. Total approximately valued at $5,000.00. 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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2012 Hockey Playoffs: Stream CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada coverage with Rogers Live Mobile app

True hockey fans have a playoff ritual. Whether it’s growing the infamous playoff beard or learning to ignore the foul stench of your “lucky” socks or jerseys, we’ve got one more playoff ritual to add to your agenda: live streaming of all Canadian team games and other marquee series’ no matter where you are.

From the playoff opener all the way to the finals, you can catch the games right at your fingertips. Starting today, the Rogers Live Mobile app will live stream CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada coverage right on your smartphone. Start picking your fantasy playoff roster as Ottawa and Vancouver prepare to take on their Southern opponents.

For $5/month, fans can enjoy unlimited hours of viewing until October 31st, after which, users can stream 5 hours per month, with $1 per each additional hour. The app is available on Rogers smartphones through iTunes, Google Play and BlackBerry App World.

Now, as long as you have your phone on you, there’s no need to stickhandle your schedule to make it home on time for the game. When your team lights the lamp, you may not be leaping off the sofa in excitement, you may be inadvertently shouting while on the train or in line at the grocery store.

The puck drops tonight, so it’s time to earnestly follow your personal playoff rituals (however bizarre they may be), because everyone should do their part to make sure their favourite team wins the iconic cup.

What’s your favourite hockey tradition or ritual during the playoffs?

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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RedBoard video: hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 900

We love new products, and we get especially excited when we get to launch highly anticipated devices like the new Nokia Lumia 900. After winning best in show at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from CNET and a variety of other prominent websites, the excitement around this device hasn’t stopped since it was first introduced in January. Backed with the benefits of Windows Phone, LTE, Carl Zeiss cameras and seamless integration with Microsoft Office and Xbox, we’re very excited to add the Nokia Lumia 900 to our lineup of awesome, LTE smartphones.

If you want all the details on this new device, check out this hands-on video with Salim, our Rogers data guy:

You can pick up the Nokia Lumia 900 in stores now for $99.99 on select 3-year terms or visit  www.rogers.com/lumia900 for more information.

What is your favourite feature of the new Nokia Lumia 900?

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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