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Full-season hockey access for Rogers customers

RGCL100What an exciting week – the NHL hockey season has begun! Fans are sporting jerseys around town, hockey pools have ramped up and Canadians are turning to their mobiles and tablets to watch our nation’s game.

Even with the puck drop behind us, we’ve got more plays on the way to keep our customers cheering.

Here are two awesome pieces of news  - so hot for fans, they may melt the ice:

1) Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE
Rogers customers with the following services can now get a free subscription to  Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, with GamePlus™ of course, until the end of the season, including playoffs:

  • Wireless:
    •  Share Everything Plan
  • OR
  • Internet (Ontario):
    • Hybrid Fibre 60 or above
    • Grandfathered Extreme Internet or above
  • Internet (Atlantic):
    • Hybrid Fibre 50 or above
    • Grandfathered Extreme Internet or above

Past December 31, 2014 these customers can continue to use smartphones, tablets, desktops, and other devices like Roku and XBOX 360,  to watch tons of regular season games, plus big-ticket events like the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the 2015 NHL® All-Star Game. Don’t forget to also check out the GamePlus experience, with innovative camera angles (like the Ref Cam), on-demand replays and behind-the-scenes content, exclusive to Rogers customers.

2) NHL® Centre Ice
As shared in a previous post hockey fans had a freeview of NHL® Centre Ice ending today – but the action doesn’t stop. Starting today, Rogers customers with the accounts listed below will continue to get NHL® Centre Ice:

  • TV:
    • Digital VIP or higher
  • AND
  • Internet (Ontario):
    • Hybrid Fibre 60 or above
  • Internet (Atlantic):
    • Hybrid Fibre 50 or above
    • Grandfathered Extreme customers and above

Learn more about our Internet and Share Everything plans that will keep you game ready. Customers who are not eligible for the above, can still purchase Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and NHL® Centre Ice to continue to watch the remainder of 2014/2015 season. Check out Rogers.com/NHL for more details. A reminder that Rogers wireless data and internet customers will continue to get a free subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014.

Tell us, what are your traditions in how you watch the game? What device are you using?

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Weekend Reading: Rewards, ref helmet cams, and more

Here is a Saturday edition of the Weekend Reading. Check out the below to learn about new rewards, GamePlus and record breaking views.

Weekend readingReward Yourself With A Shopping Channel Gift Card

It’s to get yourself a brand new, stink-free, jersey . Rogers customers can now redeem Rogers First Rewards points for Shopping Channel gift cards. These gift cards can be used towards all products, however, given the season I suggest checking out the NHL merchandise, including jerseys, accessories, family products and more.

How will you be using your points?

Seeing the world from the Ref’s POV

This week we announced a whole new way for you to watch the hockey game – GamePlus™. As explored further in our post, GamePlus is a part of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and is  available exclusively to Rogers customers.  It lets you choose how you watch the hockey game with your choice of innovative camera feeds, multi-angle replays and behind-the-scenes action right from your smartphones, tablets and computers.

What camera are you most excited for?

We love our nation’s game on all platforms

As we shared in our post– this week marked the first Scotia Wednesday Night Hockey of the 2014/15 season. Canadians tuned in on multiple platforms in record numbers. The night was the most watched broadcast  in Sportsnet™ history, drawing in an average of 2.01 million viewers for the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.  Using Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ , roughly 55,000 fellow fans streamed over 1.9 million minutes of hockey plus 80,000 minutes of on-demand video and multiple angles replays with MyReplay.

What device did you use to watch the game?

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Are you catching the hockey action? Don’t miss out!

On Wednesday night, players hit the ice for the first NHL games of the season – and what a night it was! I sat back on my couch and watched the Leafs on TV, while also pulling up awesome new GamePlus™ angles from my tablet. I was certainly not alone; Canadians watch the game in record numbers on all platforms!

Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey was the most watched broadcast in Sportsnet™ history, drawing in an average of 2.01 million viewers for the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.  Fans also took to their devices to watch the game. Roughly 55,000 fellow fans streamed over 1.9 million minutes of hockey last night with Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™. Canadians streamed more than 80,000 minutes of on-demand video and multiple angles replays with MyReplay. GamePlus also had fans cheering, with the debut of the Ref cam stirring up lots of online excitement!

If you missed out on the action not to worry – there is still time. Click here to access our Getting Started Guide to learn how to stream games based on the  device you’re using, including a desktop computer. I’ve also shared here the basic steps to get access to the app:

  • Head to https://gamecentrelive.rogers.com
  • Click Register (top right hand corner)
  • Register for a MyRogers™ account OR if you already have one, you can skip this step
    • To note – even if you’re not a current Rogers customer, you still need to sign up for an account
  • Download the ‘NHL app’ from the Apple App Store or Google Play store
  • See the Getting Started Guide for further steps based on your device

We always love receiving your pictures and feedback. See our Storify below that showcases last night’s fan excitement for Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and GamePlus!

Share with us what camera angle had you cheering!

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Weekend Reading: a BlackBerry, selfies and hockey access

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHappy Friday all!  Check out the Weekend Reading below to meet the latest BB, learn about new form of selfie and more.

 Will you carry a Passport?

 BlackBerry made a splash this week, introducing its latest device – the BlackBerry® Passport. As explored in our post, the BlackBerry® Passport is a smartphone designed with the busy business person in mind. The device rocks a 4.5 inch screen great for reviewing documents on-the-go, an amazing battery life that can keep up with a busy schedule and features like the BlackBerry Assistant that lets you manage emails, contacts and more using voice and text commands.

If you’re ready for a new device, the BlackBerry® Passport is now available with Rogers reservation system and will be in retail stores and at Rogers.com starting on Wednesday, October 1.

What feature has you talking?

Introducing Time-Lapse Selfies

 Attention all selfie-lovers, a new type of selfie has entered the playing field. As reported by Mashable, Hyperlapse,  Instagram’s newest  app for time-lapse videos, has updated to allow for iPhone users to shoot videos with front-facing cameras. Hyperlapse now comes with a small button that toggles between the front- and rear-facing cameras and alerts you when you are switching to “selfielapse” mode. To ensure your selfielapse doesn’t make your friends selfie-sick, the final video is put through the app’s stabilization process.

Tell us, will you be sharing a selfielapse?

Use MyRogers to watch more hockey this season

 12 days until the 2014/15 NHL® season begins and we’re gearing up for the show. This week we shared how to get MyRogers account to access Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™, which lets you watch over 1,000 hockey games this season right from your tablet or smartphone. MyRogers is the fastest gateway to your hockey action and you can sign up today by clicking here. A reminder that Rogers customers with internet or wireless data plans get a free subscription to Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014.

How are you gearing up for the season?

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Enjoy Even More Hockey Action via MyRogers

MyRogers_RGCL15 days until the 2014/15 NHL® season begins, which means it’s time for you to get ready to watch the game by getting a MyRogers account. Read the Connected Rogers article below to learn how your account can help you catch this season’s hockey action.

If you don’t already know about MyRogers, here’s the scoop: it makes managing your Rogers products and services a snap. Just log in to your account – and, if you don’t have an account yet, signing up for one is as fast as an Alexander Ovechkin slap shot – to do things like check your internet bandwidth, change or add products, review and pay your bills, check your usage, change your password, sign up for pre-authorized payments and more.

The MyRogers sign-in is also all you need to access Rogers Anyplace TV™, Next Issue™ and Rogers First Rewards™.

“Sure,” you say, “that’s all pretty cool, but what about my profound hockey-loving needs?”

Well, NHL superfans, rejoice! (Cue: the heavenly chorus.) Now, the MyRogers sign-in is also your gateway to Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™, which lets you watch all the hockey your eyeballs can manage, anywhere and any time you’d like.

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ lets you live stream over 1,000 English NHL® games to your computer, smartphone and/or tablet*. Standing in line for coffee? Stream a game. Waiting for the bus after work? Stream a game. Sneaking out of dinner with your in-laws because you want to find out whether your favourite team is winning? Do you even need to be told what to do at this point? Grab your device, stream the game and get the score, thanks to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™.

And what’s the easiest, quickest route to NHL awesomeness? A MyRogers login, through which you can access Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™. (See how this all just got very circle-of-life-y?)

As if all of the above weren’t reason enough to get yourself a MyRogers account, you can also enter the MyRogers Sign In to Win contest for a chance to receive one of 200 $150 The Shopping Channel™ gift Cards. (Click here for full contest details, rules and regulations.)

So, get MyRogers to spend less time managing your account, and more time savouring all things NHL.

Sign in to, or sign up for, MyRogers by clicking here.

NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and NHL GameCenter LIVE, GameCenter LIVE, the NHL Winter Classic logo, the NHL All-Star Game logo and NHL Face-Off name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. © NHL 2014. Rogers, Rogers & Design, Rogers Anyplace TV, Next Issue, Rogers First Rewards and MyRogers are trademarks of Rogers Communications Inc. or an affiliate. © 2014. All Rights Reserved.

*Includes subscription only. Standard data overage/roaming charges apply. MyRogers account registration required. Some blackouts and other restrictions apply based on your location at time of viewing. Other conditions apply. Visit rogers.com/terms for full terms and conditions. Data consumption is approx. 1 GB/game when streamed to a smartphone and approx. 2 to 5 GB/game when streamed to a tablet, computer, gaming console or TV (varies based on length of game, stream quality, device and other factors). Data usage exceeding your plan allotment (overage) is charged in increments rounded up to the next MB or GB (as applicable based on your plan). Standard roaming charges apply when not on the Rogers wireless network.

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Video: Milos Raonic shares his tech habits in preparation for Rogers Cup

Rogers Data Guy, Amit Bodalia recently sat down with Canadian tennis icon Milos Raonic. Fresh from Wimbledon and gearing up to impress at Rogers Cup, Raonic is now ranked sixth in the world. The 23 year-old talks tech: his favourite apps, Twitter love from fans, his device of choice and where you’ll find him browsing online. Check out the video here and find out below how you can experience the Rogers Cup tournament.

 

As a Rogers customer, here are some ways you can enjoy the tournament action:

  • Rogers Ticket Offer: Rogers customers have an opportunity to save up to 50% on Rogers Cup on 2014 tickets.
  • Rogers Anyplace TV: Download the app to live stream Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard on the Toronto and Montreal courts. It’s available on your computer, tablet, and smartphone. For more information check out www.RogersAnyplaceTV.com/Sports
  • Redeem points for opening night tickets: Rogers First Rewards users can purchase tickets using their points for a pair of 300 level tickets for opening night on Monday August 4, 2014.

If you’re in the stands…

  • Rogers Cup Mobile: If you are actually in the village, pull up Rogers Cup Mobile and stream games from both cities, while also discovering the behind-the-scenes scoop from your favourite players. Rogers customers can receive special offers and coupons for on-site products and services.
  • Rogers First Rewards challenge: Test out your tennis skills on the promotions court in Toronto from August 2 until August 7, for a chance to win a pair of lower bowl tickets to the finals in Toronto. Plus, two participants of the Rogers First Rewards Challenge will be brought down on finals Sunday to compete for 500,000 First Rewards points!
  • Rogers Connected Zone: Located in the heart of the village, check out the latest devices and innovative accessories, plus score some great deals.

Sportsnet is also getting in on the action, with exclusive Canadian coverage of the  first three rounds and quarter-finals on Sportsnet TV and Sportsnet NOW,as well as post-match interviews, social media updates, and more on sportsnet.ca.Fans on the go can listen in to Sportsnet 590 The FAN (Toronto) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (Calgary) for highlights and updates. Also check out the current issue of Sportsnet, available on newsstands, Next Issue and Apple Newsstand, thatbreaks down Raonic and Bouchard’s service speeds, and includes an interview with Milos Raonic.

Be sure to follow @RogersBuzz, @RogersCupTO and #TennisIsCanada for the latest updates. How will you be watching the Rogers Cup tournament?

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Weekend Reading: Time for Facebook, Gear 2 Neo features and Pinterest update

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHappy Friday! In this week’s Weekend Reading, we’re spending time with Facebook, talking about the Gear 2 Neo and sharing some pinteresting news.

33 minutes a day with Facebook

I am a huge Facebook user, especially on my smartphone and it seems I am not alone. As reported by Mobile Syrup, Facebook now has 341 million mobile-only monthly users globally. Shared by Huffington Post, a survey of American smartphone owners found that Facebook members checked the site an average of 14 times per day and spent nearly 33 minutes on it each day. The survey further revealed that Facebook was the third most popular activity online, followed behind by email and surfing the web.

How many minutes or even hours do you spend on Facebook each day?

A wonderful wearable

The capabilities of wearables continue to amaze me. This week, for example, we shared threeawesome features of the Gear 2 Neo. Check it out to learn how your Gear 2 Neo can easily become a remote on your wrist, a device tracker and even a heart monitor.

Can you share any more tips on how best to use the Gear 2 Neo?

News of Pinterest

Time to listen up all Pinterest users. As shared by Pinterest this week, now when you visit one of your favourite categories you’ll see a whole new selection of specialized interests. For example, I love decorating and interior design so I always check out the Home Décor category.  I can now select more interests like pallets, master bedrooms, shabby chic décor and more. You can now also get Pins from other people who share that same interest delivered right to your home feed.

What is your favourite Pinterest category?

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Three wonders of the Gear 2 Neo wearable

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We previously provided a review of the Gear 2 Neo and as we’re still excited about the wearable, we wanted to share even more about its features. In the post below, Connected explores three cool capabilities of the Gear 2 Neo.

A remote on your wrist

The WatchON app on the Gear 2 Neo lets you control your TV, right from your wrist. Aside from being a useful add-on in the living room, its prank potential outside the home is near endless. Check out the steps:
1. On the Gear 2 Neo homescreen, swipe across to find the WatchON app and tap to launch.
2. Ensure the infrared LED sensor at the top of the watch has a line of sight with the component you want to control.
3. Tap the component in the top left to switch between controlling TVs, DVD players, set-top boxes, etc.
4. The onscreen buttons will change based on what component type you’re controlling.

Will help to find your phone

Has your device fallen between the sofa cushions? Is it tucked in your knapsack in the closet? If only you knew, because you need it immediately. Thankfully, the Gear 2 Neo makes it easy to find an errant smartphone. Here’s how:
1. On the Gear 2 Neo home screen, swipe across to Find My Device and tap to launch.
2. Tap Start. Your smartphone will start chiming loudly.
3. When you find your device (hooray!), just tap Stop on the Gear 2 Neo or swipe on your phone to silence the chime.

Get the pulse

The Gear 2 Neo has an integrated heart-rate sensor on its back. This, along with the variety of health and fitness apps packed in, can help you see what condition your condition is in:
1. On the home screen, swipe to find Heart Rate and tap to launch.
2. Tap Start. The green onscreen heart blinks to let you know it’s measuring.
3. Stay still and at rest while your heart rate is being read.
4. Within a few seconds, you’ll receive your heart-rate reading.

How have you been using your Gear 2 Neo?

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How to jazz up your home Wifi network name

networknameHave you ever visited a friend’s house or used your phone at a party to connect to Wifi and saw a witty or down right hilarious network name? Or perhaps you’ve recently had your Rogers internet service installed and the default network name (SSID) of ‘SMC8014W-G’ just doesn’t match your personality. If so, you’re probably asking yourself, “How do I change my network name?”

A few weeks ago we answered this in a Rogers Community blog post, and our Community Forum members found it very useful. Here are the steps to change your network name:

First…
You will need to find out what the Default Gateway IP of your Rogers Gateway Modem is. Hint – it’s probably 192.168.0.1 However, if you want to be sure, you’ll be able to do this quickly from the command prompt with IPCONFIG:

  • From your Windows desktop hit Start and click Run. Now type cmd and then click OK. This will launch the Command Prompt window.
  • In this window type IPCONFIG and hit Enter. Your IP configuration will now appear. From here you can confirm the Default Gateway IP.

Next…
Copy the confirmed Default Gateway IP and paste it right into your browser’s address bar. (Do not put ‘www’ in front of it):

  • You’ll now see a Log In screen. The Username will be cusadmin and the password will be password.
  • Click Login to get to your Rogers Gateway Modem configuration menu.
  • Next, click the Wireless tab and then the Channel and SSID tab.

Now the fun part!
Type your desired network name into the SSID box. Then click Apply to save the settings. Once complete you’ll need to reconnect all your wireless devices again as if it was a ‘new’ network.

And that’s it! Be creative, be imaginative and then visit us and other members at the Community Forums here to let us know what you changed your network name to.

Tell us, changing your network name important to you?

Do you have questions about your Rogers products and services? Check out Rogers Community Forums, a place for in-depth support from over 260,000 peers and nine resident experts.

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