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Luckily, we all know how The Grinch ends! Of course, there are a lot of films we watch, in their entirety, to help us get in the spirit of the season.
So today, I’m excited to join RedBoard readers for a live chat about all your holiday movie traditions and memories.
And, seeing as it is the season of giving, keep your eyes peeled for some trivia questions that you can answer for your chance to win a cool movie prize pack.
Check out the full contest rules here, and I’ll see you at noon (EST)!
Welcome to the Flick Picks Panel, where our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, it’s a special kids-themed edition in celebration of the recent launch of Rogers Kids Zone. The Rogers Kids Zone portal, available across multiple devices, allows Rogers customers to enjoy Canada’s most popular kids’ programming and movies in one secure and easy to use location.
The Croods (PG)
If you have kids and want to watch a movie as a family where you, as the young-at-heart adult, won’t be reaching for pain meds, then The Croods is for you.
I have a four-and-a-half-year-old son, and he couldn’t get enough of The Croods, a story about a family of cavemen who go on a trip to find a new home. Of course, danger awaits them on their journey, including a teenage caveman who has his eyes set on the eldest daughter.
Starring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, The Croods is admittedly more enjoyable than I initially expected. Cage voices Grug, the father of the Crood clan and as a dad, I can totally relate to his … exhaustion. Reynolds is Guy, the “new-age” caveman who tries to court Grug’s daughter, Eep (Stone).
OK, so maybe the character names are odd and you’re thinking: “A caveman comedy?” Yes! After all, The Croods are the funniest cave-people since The Flintstones. The jokes in the movie will make kids laugh and adults chuckle.
Both my son and I had a great time watching The Croods and I think your family will enjoy it, too.
Rob is an avid movie watcher. Well, he used to be. Before falling prey to the blue-eyed lady that is his wife, he worked in a video store (back when they rented VHS!) and immersed himself in all things pop-culture.
Monsters University (G)
In this Pixar prequel, we join a young Mike Wazowski on a school trip to the Monsters, Inc. factory floor. Mike meets a Scarer who boasts about Monsters University being the best there is. Somehow, Mike manages to sneak past everyone into a live scare environment without being noticed. Inspired by his new hero, Mike begins studying hard and makes his way into Monsters University, where he pursues his ambition to become a Scarer.
We quickly find out that Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) weren’t always inseparable. Sulley spends most of his time cruising along on the strength of his family name at the university while Mike spends every waking moment studying to be the best Scarer he can be. Scaring comes naturally to Sulley while Mike needs to work twice as hard.
After being dropped from the program, Mike and Sulley are forced to work together in a fraternity of misfits (Oozma Kappa) in order to compete in the Scare Games to get their second chance at becoming Scarers. The plot had me immediately thinking of the classic Revenge of the Nerds series. The group makes many mistakes along the way but eventually learn that they must work together if they want a fighting chance.
Monsters University deals with the reality of disappointment and the idea that sometimes you need to fail in order to find out what you were truly meant to do with your life. This is a great lesson that shows things don’t always go as planned — and it can work out for the better.
Immediately after watching this, my little one wanted to watch the original Monsters, Inc. and even though it was past her bedtime, I couldn’t resist as I wanted to watch it too!
Nelia Camara loves all things movie, technology and music related. She’s a contest lover, who enjoys meeting fascinating people (famous or not).
This week, we announced the launch of Rogers Kids Zone: a one-stop, family-friendly entertainment destination where Rogers customers can enjoy children’s’ TV shows and movies at home or on the go. Families can access Rogers Kids Zone on televisions via Rogers On Demand channel 200, RogersAnyplaceTV.com/KidsZone on computers, and on the Rogers Anyplace TV application for smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360 gaming systems and LG Smart TVs.
To celebrate our new kids’ space, we hosted a tweet chat with parenting expert Kathy Buckworth. Buckworth shared her family’s TV-watching traditions – and rules around screen time – with our @RogersBuzz followers. Read on for some highlights from Thursday’s conversation.
Welcome to the Flick Picks Panel. Each week, our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, Brandon Accettura reviews White House Down (18A).
Cale (Channing Tatum) is a divorced father who never sees things through, and thus he has lost the respect of his daughter.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) is working on a new global treaty for world leaders.
Cale, a former army man, is now working as security for the Speaker of the House. He tries to build a better relationship with his daughter by taking her on a tour of the White House, but their group starts just as the President’s office is taken over.
The movie starts out slow, introducing you to the heroes and villains. But after the first bang, it delivers non-stop action through to the final credits.
While the comic relief scenes were mostly welcome, some of the characters were given too much attention and it really made the film drag at parts. I won’t name names, but you’ll know who they are once you watch the movie.
Tatum and Foxx make a great team throughout the movie, and it is very enjoyable to watch. As the deadline for negotiations gets closer near the end of the movie, there are a lot of game-changers which make it even more exciting.
At one point during the movie, I started to guess who the villain was and then had to reassess after that person had been eliminated.
I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who is looking to sit back, relax with some popcorn and soda and watch a great action-packed movie. Although it started off slow, it picked up quickly to make the movie very entertaining.
Brandon Accettura is married with two fur-kids (dogs), and lives in Brampton. He’s a self-proclaimed “Movie Buff” whose favourite movies are comedy, action, and suspense thrillers, but he has gotten stuck watching some romantic movies every so often with his wife.
In last month’s Speech from the Throne, the federal government came out in favour of more flexibility for Canadians when it comes to choosing their cable package. Just after that, the CRTC launched a consultation into the future of television in Canada.
Rogers agrees that there should be more flexibility in packages for Canadian consumers. It is something we have supported because we know it’s important to our customers.
We’re interested in hearing from you about what you want as a cable customer. To that end, we’re launching a number of different ways you can reach us, beginning with a CRTC Consultation Board.
Here’s a bit more information about each topic:
- Flash Conference: This will be a virtual flash conference, which is a current initiative from the CRTC’s consultation. All of the posts here will be collected and sent to the CRTC as part of the consultation process;
- Let’s Talk TV: This will be a place where you can ask us your questions about the cable TV system. As your community manager in the CRTC Consultation community, I’ll be sure to get you an answer;
- More Information on Cable TV: This is where you can post links to related reading around cable TV in Canada and have discussions around what you’re learning.
The community is open to all Canadians to help them read and understand the choices ahead. To join the CRTC Consultation Board, you’ll need a My Rogers username and password. You don’t need to be a Rogers customer to sign up for a My Rogers account.
Additionally, we’ll be holding a special Google+ Hangout flash conference for anyone who is interested in taking part. Please leave a comment on this post if you’re interested in joining, and we’ll be in touch in the near future.
Are you interested in more flexible TV packages?
I love discovering the latest raved about TV shows. My colleagues serve as the most reliable sources for my TV intel. Around the office, we regularly discuss which shows are on our radar – and for the most part, people are fairly good about spoiler alerts!
But sometimes when I turn on the TV, those must-watch titles escape me, which inevitably leads to some lengthy channel surfing.
Those days are now gone. Rogers is rolling out a TV Recommendation App for all NextBox customers in Ontario over the next few weeks. A first for cable customers in Canada, the new app means you’ll spend less time searching and more time being entertained. Built right into your TV viewing experience and easily accessible, the app recommends similar programs based on what you’re currently viewing or just finished watching. Suggestions are based on things like genre and the starring actors.
How do I start getting recommendations?
- Press the “Info” button on the remote, scroll over to the information icon and a prompt will appear
- Select “More Like This Show” to review a list of recommended titles
Bonus: there’s also a new “Most Watched” menu that reveals the most popular programs being viewed by other Rogers customers at that very moment, so you’ll always know what’s trending.
In last week’s Speech from the Throne the federal government came out in favour of more flexible TV packages for Canadian consumers.
This is something we’ve been advocating for years because we know it’s important for our customers.
“We are fighting aggressively for more-flexible packaging options,” Rogers senior vice president of content David Purdy told the Reuters news service last month.
Two years ago, we piloted a “pick and pay” cable TV service for our customers in London, Ontario. What we learned is that there are very real structural barriers that prevent us from delivering what customers want on a broad scale.
We look forward to an open dialogue with Ottawa, and to participating in the CRTC’s consultation on the future of television, which will launch on October 24. It’s an opportunity to hear from Canadians and to support changes in broadcasting regulations that will give Canadians more flexible packaging options. We encourage you to make your views known at www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/talktv-parlonstele.htm.
Do you want more flexibility in your cable TV packages?
Welcome to a new feature on RedBoard: The Flick Picks Panel. Each week, someone from our community will review a new release now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, panelist Rob Gaudette watches Olympus Has Fallen (14A).
Olympus is about North Korean militants who stage a pretty awesome takeover of the White House, capture the U.S. President and plan to destroy America. Only one man can stop them: Secret Service agent Mike Banning, played by star Gerard Butler. That’s the plot. Let the ruckus begin!
And my, is there a ruckus. The action inside the White House is good … really good. But it gets lost in the poor CGI when the action goes outside with jets and helicopters. Why? Why take this movie off the rails? Olympus is a Die Hard clone that tries not to be a Die Hard clone, when it totally should have embraced its predecessor.
When watching this movie, you will think of Die Hard, Air Force One and Under Siege. Those flicks never moved the action outside of the building, plane or ship and they’re the type of movies that you can throw on anytime you need an action fix. Olympus Has Fallen could have been a contender but falls short.
That’s not to say the film isn’t fun. The takeover of the White House is crazy and intelligent, the action inside is violent and bloody and exciting to watch (does this make me sound like Dexter?). It’s a good movie and you should give it a chance.
Rob is an avid movie watcher. Well, he used to be. Before falling prey to the blue-eyed lady that is his wife, he worked in a video store (back when they rented VHS!) and immersed himself in all things pop-culture. Now, he’s a 37-year-old married father of two young kids who don’t stop, so movie-watching time is precious.
All new movie releases, including Olympus Has Fallen (Rated 14A) are available now on Rogers on Demand starting at $4.99. If you’re interested in becoming a Flick Picks panelist, fill out this form.
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Does this sound familiar? You’re cozied up on your couch and notice a show that you‘ve been meaning to check out airing on your TV. Naturally, you click to record the series and then *bam* — a recording conflict window appears on your screen. It’s a moment of sheer panic as you need to make a split-second decision on which show is more important to record.
It’s time to say goodbye to recording conflicts and storage woes with the newly launched NextBox ™ 3.0. The latest TV experience from Rogers is available in Ontario today and it’s tailor-made for the PVR enthusiast. You can now record up to eight HD programs at once and store up to 240 hours of HD shows and movies.
Based on my experience, if you relate to the following three traits, chances are you are your PVR are pretty tight and NextBox 3.0 might be right up your alley:
1. The recording conflict pop-up – as described above
- If other people are present to witness the dramatic ordeal, they’ll probably find your reaction hilarious. I know, because it happens to me all the time. Cut to me yelling “Nooo, nooooooo!” when it’s True Blood versus Long Island Medium on Sunday night.
2. You record entire seasons of TV shows or movie marathons:
- As an avid TV marathoner, I consume my shows back-to-back-to-back. A colleague told me about Ray Donovan and now I’m hooked and in the process of saving the entire season. If a channel is airing all John Hughes movies one night, then my PVR is going to surge with my favourite brat pack flicks.
3. You are a time zone expert:
- With so many favourite shows to record, particularly in prime-time slots, you’re bound to face a recording conflict. You’ve mastered the art of finding your favourite series when they air in other time zones.
Bonus criteria: Without interrupting what’s airing on your TV, you swiftly pull out a second screen (tablet or smartphone) to view and manage your TV recordings. This is where the Rogers Anyplace TV™ Home Edition app comes to the rescue.
NextBox 3.0 opens up a world of possibilities for the ultimate TV viewer. It even lets you skip past commercials. When it comes to your TV, which features are the most important to you?
Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard
While we’re hoping the spring weather is here to stay, we haven’t forgotten the chilly nights of curling up in front of a fireplace. As the many fans of the Fireplace Channel (channel 204) have learned, you don’t need a home with a chimney and mantle to relax by the fire. The virtual orange glow and sound of crackling logs is surprisingly satisfying!
But, for those of you lucky enough to have the real thing, we’ve got a great chance for you to showcase how you keep your home fires burning. One lucky winner will get to see – and hear– their roaring flames on the Fireplace Channel for a full year, and win a Rogers Nextbox to boot.
The winning entry will hit the airwaves in November 2013. In the meantime, if you’re looking for some entertainment with a more springtime bent, try tuning into the Sunset Channel (find it on your dial at 206) or the Aquarium Channel (205).
How it works
Starting April 8, 2013, send a photo of your current fireplace setup to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Fireplace contest” and tell us in 100 characters or less why your fireplace should take the starring role on the Fireplace Channel. Make sure to include your full name, email address, phone number and location. We’ll be accepting entries until May 1. The contest is open to anyone living in an area where Rogers cable services are available. Read the full rules here.
UPDATE, May 1: Thanks to everyone who participated in our Fireplace Channel contest! The prize has been drawn and we’ll be contacting the winner by email soon. Keep an eye on your inbox!