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Weekend Reading: Canada Day Weekend & the Samsung Galaxy SIII

There’s nothing like the Friday before a long weekend. It’s so close you can almost smell the barbecues, see the fireworks, and hear loons on the lake! It’s important to remember why we’re celebrating though – its Canada’s 145th birthday!

Every year on July 1st Canadians gather to celebrate living in this beautiful country.  But how skilled are you on our country’s history? Do you know the year we first officially had the Canadian flag? Can you name our first Prime Minister? If not, brush up on Canada’s history with’s handy checklist – it will give you an even deeper appreciation amidst celebrating with friends and loved ones! If you’re confident in your knowledge, test it with Maclean’s interactive survey and determine “How Canadian Are You?”

This Canada Day, Rogers is celebrating the launch of Citytv in Saskatchewan. Teaming up with SCN, the website also offers full episodes of Citytv programming for online viewing. Now viewers in Saskatchewan can access even more hit TV shows, with programming that includes Cityline, America’s Got Talent, Modern Family, and the upcoming The Bachelor Canada. You’ll also want to watch for upcoming Saskatchewan productions such as The Neighbor’s Dog, 15 Minutes of Fame, and The Edge of War. By the fall, Citytv plans to be in eight provinces and reach nine million homes.

This week we’re also celebrating the release of the Samsung Galaxy SIII on our LTE network in Canada! With features such as ‘Smart Stay’ and ‘S Beam’, it’s no wonder Mobile Syrup called it “the best Android phone on the market,” while the Financial Post debated if it would be “an Apple iPhone killer.”

Check out our Redboard post featuring a new video displaying some of the Samsung Galaxy SIII’s coolest features. If you managed to snag one before the holiday weekend, you’ll definitely want to download the Rogers Anyplace TV Live mobile app to stay in touch with all your fave sports from the cottage as well! This weekend the Toronto Blue Jays take on the LA Angels, and you can watch the games LIVE from the new Samsung Galaxy SIII.

The Samsung Galaxy SIII is available in stores or online now.

Have you purchased the new Samsung Galaxy SIII yet? What features are you most excited to try out over the long weekend?

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Weekend Reading: The Samsung Galaxy SIII, Citytv’s fall lineup, & mobile health

Samsung Galaxy SIII reservations now up!

Last fall, Rogers was first to introduce you to the LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy SII, arguably one of the most sought after devices of the season. Now the tradition continues with the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

With its 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, fans of the SII will not be disappointed with these new advancements! India was one of the first countries lucky to get the device before North America – check out what they had to say in The Times of India about its top 5 features, and why this phone is expected to capture 60% of their smartphone market.

For more on some of the exciting new features, check out our latest Redboard post and be sure to reserve yours today on the Rogers Reservation System here! More details on preorder to come. Stay tuned!

Citytv unveils fall lineup

Even though summer is just beginning, we were so excited about the new Citytv  fall TV schedule we couldn’t wait to share it! Among the announcements this week, Citytv revealed Tyler Harcott as the host of The Bachelor Canada, following former CFL star Brad Smith looking for love amongst 25 Canadian bachelorette hopefuls. Citytv also added two original comedies, Package Deal and Seed to the mid-season lineup, along with dramas Revolution, 666 Park Avenue, Hannibal, and The Carrie Diaries. Full summaries for all the new shows are available on the Citytv website.

Returning favourites will include the mysterious Revenge and Person of Interest, though comedy will continue to reign supreme with the renewal of New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. For a complete listing of the exciting new fall lineup, see the official press release here!

5 ways mobile tech can improve your health

Based on our most recent Innovation Report, we already knew that 51% of Canadians in technology say using tech to track vitals will help them make better health decisions, and that 57% want an online diagnosis from their doctor. This made it no surprise when Mashable decided to highlight the emerging importance of apps to the medical industry in a recent article.

What did they uncover? 13,000 consumer health apps will be available for download on the iPhone this summer! And just how many physicians are treating patients using smartphones and tablets? A surprising 30%!

Read the full article here and tell us how you see apps shaping health decisions in the comments below.

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, Rogers on Demand Channel 100, Rogers Anyplace TV, and 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 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 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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Rogers On Demand Online – Ho Ho Ho! It’s The Holiday Channel

Rogers on Demand Online Holiday channelCan you smell it in the air – fruit cake, pine trees, apple cider? I know I can. I can’t wait for the holidays to begin – it’s my favourite time of year. Spending time with the family and friends, eating too much turkey and oh yeah, the presents. I admit it, I love giving and getting presents. I’m still a kid at heart, I suppose. Over the next month I know I’ll be spending a lot of my free time checking out The Holiday Channel on Rogers On Demand Online. We’ve gone through and collected the best  tv shows, free movies, and holiday rentals for you to watch to get yourself in the festive spirit.

Holiday Movies and TV Shows - There are lots of great holiday tv shows and films that you can watch right now on Rogers On Demand Online. You can catch free prime time holiday episodes of hits like 2 Broke Girls and Mad Men. We’ll also be adding in lots of free holiday themed films throughout the month of December, including A Christmas Story and the original Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory!  Rogers Customers can also check out free classic Holiday themed retro tv including episodes of Cagney and Lacey and The Addams Family. Yes, even the Addams Family had Christmas episodes.

Free Holiday Shorts – Don’t have time to commit to a tv show or film? No problem! On The Holiday Channel, we’ve got a solid collection of free holiday shorts that will give you a quick hit of yuletide joy. Check out the latest music video from Justin Bieber, hilarious Saturday Night Live shorts and lots of classic retro minisodes of The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons and Newsradio. Get your laughs or tunes in just 5 minutes!

More great primetime shows from Citytv and FX Canada will be added throughout the month of December so make sure you check back often!

Holiday Rentals – The Holiday Channel also features lots of great movies that you can rent from the comfort of your laptop and watch wherever you want in your home.  If you’re looking for brand new releases, you’ll find Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, Becoming Christmas and Holiday Engagement ready to be rented. For more recent films that have become a holiday favourite, you can check out Vince Vaughn and Resse Witherspoon in Four Christmases, or Will Farrell in Elf, which is a favourite amongst all the folks I work with at Rogers On Demand Online.  If you’ve got little ones in your family, there are also lots of Thomas & Friends and Bob The Builder movies to choose from in The Holiday Channel. And be sure to check back regularly, as we’ll be adding more holiday rentals all through December.

There’s already lots of great content to choose from in The Holiday Channel, with even more on the way. So really, there’s no reason anybody should be saying “bah hum-bug” throughout December.

On that note, I’m going to go rent Four Christmases, one of my favourite holiday films. What’s one of yours?

Andrew is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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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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Royal wedding ceremony available on-demand April 29

The Royalty Channel on Rogers on DemandFor some, April 29 is going to be a very early morning. Canadians excited by tomorrow’s marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton will be setting alarm clocks and getting up to watch the live ceremony set to start at 5 am EST. And with an expected global audience of 2 billion – or one in every 3.5 people – that amounts to a lot of sleepy people.

But Rogers customers need not worry. At 5 pm on Friday, April 29 and until May 2, you’ll be able to sit in front of the TV, your computer or your tablet and watch the full CBC coverage of the historic nuptials on Rogers on Demand channel 100 or Rogers on Demand Online for free. Not only will you be able to watch the entire wedding ceremony, you’ll also have access special content including pre-wedding events, and post-event highlights which amounts to more than 7 hours of royal wedding content. In addition, Rogers on Demand will have a selection of more than 15 royal themed movies available, starting at $3.99.

If you’re still keen to get up at the crack of dawn and catch the ceremony live, you can tune into Citytv’s coverage of the royal wedding which begins at 5 am EST (4CT/3MT/2PT) on Breakfast Television and continues throughout the day on CityLine, CityNews at Six (Toronto) and the primetime special, Citytv and HELLO! Canada…Your Invitation to the Royal Wedding. Royal wedding coverage will also stream live online at and the Citytv iPad app.

Busy all day April 29? No problem. You can relive Citytv’s full coverage of the Royal Wedding online until July 31.

After the wedding, you’ll be able to find special editions of both HELLO! Canada and Macleans focused on the royal wedding.

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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CityNews goes mobile in Toronto: New iPad and iPhone app now available

CityNews appToronto area residents can now stay up-to-date on local news, weather, sports and traffic with the new CityNews app for iPad and iPhone available for free through the iTunes App Store.

The new app has content from the CityNews website, clips from recent broadcasts, real-time traffic updates from cameras on the highway and up-to-the-second weather forecasts customizable to show weather in your own area.

News from your neighbourhood

Want something more specific? No problem. Since all CityNews stories are “geo-coded,” you can find out exactly what’s happening in a particular neighbourhood by zooming into a map. Imagine you’re heading down to Yonge and Dundas square. Just pinch to zoom on that area and the app will show you all stories in that area.  If you’re about to head out on the Gardiner Expressway, the app will show you traffic cameras in that area which can help you plan your route.

Share your own news

Through the “Your Stories” section of the app, you’ll be able to share stories and breaking news from your own community by uploading videos, photos and news tips. You can then view your content on the app – as well as that from your fellow CityNews viewers. You can also share content from the app using your Twitter or Facebook account

How do I get it?

Just search “CityNews” in Apple’s iTunes App Store or go online here and download the app for free. From BlackBerry or Android devices, you can also view a mobile version of CityNews at

To see the app in action, check out this clip from CityNews here.

The CityNews app is the third app from Citytv along with The Shorts in the City app for iPhone and iPad which launched in June 2010 and the Citytv Video app for iPad, the first prime time app by a Canadian broadcaster.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers teams up with NBC Universal to bring iVillage to Canada

iVillage CanadaDying to see pictures of Lady Gaga’s latest outfit? Do slow walkers make you angry? How about some tips for sprucing up your bathroom? Ladies, if these topics sound like intriguing reading material, you’ll want to head over to when it launches this Spring.

Rogers Media and NBC Universal recently announced a long-term partnership to bring iVillage, an online community for women, to Canada this Spring.

According to its website, iVillage is the largest content-driven community for women online reaching more than 30 million unique visitors per month. The site focuses on categories targeted at women including food, health, entertainment, family, beauty and style.

Visitors to the site will be able to check out original articles written by a team of Canadian-based editors as well as content from popular brands such as Chatelaine, and Citytv. The site will also feature articles from the US and UK versions of iVillage.

Recently, Leigh Felesky, iVillage Canada’s new general manager and director was on Citytv to talk about the site and what it will bring to Canadian women. You can check out the clip below:

Can’t wait for iVillage Canada to launch? You can keep up to date on what iVillage is up to through its new Twitter and Facebook pages.

What do you think of iVillage? Are you excited for its Canadian debut?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Canucks fan? Your favourite team is just a click away

Last year, we proudly announced that the home of the Vancouver Canucks would be known as the Rogers Arena and we promised we’d be looking at innovative ways to engage fans anytime, any place through our technology.

Here’s the latest:

Free Canucks App powered by Rogers

You can get your fill of Canucks action by downloading the Free Canucks App powered by Rogers. Dustin, one of our Data Guyz, recently appeared on Vancouver’s Breakfast Television to discuss the app and take a look at some of the cool features including video interviews with Canucks players and coaches and behind the scenes video from practices.  You can check out the segment below.

The app is available on iPhone through iTunes, on BlackBerry devices through BlackBerry app world and on Android smartphones soon.  To get started, go to or Rogers customers can text ‘CANUCKS’ to 5555 on your phone.

New interactive fan experiences at Rogers Arena

If you’re able to make it to a game at the Rogers Arena, make sure you check out “Forever Canucks powered by Rogers,” an interactive exhibit that displays 40 years of Canucks memories on five interactive touch screens. The exhibit also features a 10 foot high historical display and case containing Canucks historical artifacts from the last 40 years.  It is located in Section 121 and is one of two new interactive fan exhibits launched at Rogers Arena this season. The “Hall of Heroes powered by Rogers” display was unveiled in December.

To take a look at the display in action, watch this clip from Vancouver’s Breakfast Television:

Rogers customers who download the free Canucks App will be able to enjoy exclusive content from both interactive exhibits on their mobile devices.

Are you a Canucks fan? Have you tried the app yet?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Keith Pelley on media in 2011: ‘Life’s not linear now’

Keith Pelley Rogers Media

This is going to be the year when video comes of age across multiple platforms, says Keith Pelley, President of Rogers Media.

Pelley recently joined Rogers to lead our media organization through what is arguably one of the most pivotal times in the industry’s history.  From digitization of content,  to accessing it on new devices, 2011 will no doubt be exciting.

I sat down with Pelley to get his take on what’s next for the industry as well as what consumers of Rogers content can expect this year. Here are the highlights from our conversation:

What’s your forecast for the Canadian media industry in 2011?

This is the year when video comes of age online and on-demand, across multiple platforms. TV anywhere – or entertainment anywhere – this is the year when it hits critical mass.

We had a pretty good understanding during the Olympics that people want to be exposed to content in so many different ways.  As well, we’re starting to learn that multi-tasking is becoming commonplace. Life’s not linear now. You jump in, you jump out – you stop watching, you pick it up, you move.

The way people consume media continues to evolve and the tablet is the newest innovation that will steer people to view content completely different.

Any specific examples for what consumers of Rogers content can expect from us this year?

They’re going to see great content on the platform of their choice – and integration of content is going to be critical.

So, you’re going to be able to read an article from Maclean’s in a hard copy or you’re going to be able to read it in an iPad app. You’re going to be able to experience the prime-time programming on Citytv, like Modern Family, on conventional TV or video on demand – or, on your iPad. It really comes down to content with unlimited choices to experience it.

We’re no longer just television broadcasters or radio broadcasters – we’re content distributors. And, our goal will be to continue to provide unprecedented choice for consumers to experience the content that we produce and acquire – and this content  is certainly something we want to have ‘best in class.’

And we’re in an excellent position to experiment with multiple platforms, given that Rogers is an integrated media and distribution company. So, we can play online, on-demand and on-mobile.

Looking back at your career, how would you describe the current state of the media industry?

It was pretty exciting when the Internet came out – and then when it started to take off. It was exciting when HD became reality and it changed the way we viewed content.

I think the tablet is right up there with those two –  it is a game changer. This is a very, very exciting time. Long gone are the days when we huddled around the radio or television on a Saturday night.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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