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Goodbye searching: New Recommendation App switches up TV viewing

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.

To view a demonstration of the Recommendation App, watch the video here and for more information visit www.Rogers.com/NextBox.

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Should your fireplace star on the Rogers Fireplace Channel next winter?

The Fireplace ChannelWhile 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 redboardfeedback@rci.rogers.com 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.

Good luck!

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!

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5 reasons to love Rogers NextBox

Today we launched the Rogers Anyplace TV Home Edition app – a new addition to the NextBox 2.0 entertainment experience. In light of today’s launch, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to explore the top five reasons why I personally love Rogers NextBox.

Obviously, this new app is reason #1

 

1. Rogers Anyplace TV Home Edition app: Tablets are the perfect TV companion; with this new app you can do the following tasks on your second screen without interrupting what’s playing on your TV:

  • Use your compatible tablet or smartphone to search and navigate TV listings
  • Use your tablet or smartphone as a virtual remote control
  • Manage PVR recordings from your tablet and smartphone
  • Scroll through the interactive guide on your tablet, browser or smartphone
  • Live stream 25 channels in the home on a tablet, similar to the  Rogers Live TV experience
  • Real scenarios:  Tuesdays are my favourite TV nights; tonight I’ll make sure my PVR is set to record New Girl and the Mindy Project.   While my shows are on the TV, I can grab my tablet and browse through what else is on my TV, search other shows and set more recordings. I also enjoy the virtual remote control feature, mostly because I would like to start changing channels while I’m out and pretend my place is haunted.

Currently available for iPad and iPhone and coming soon to Android tablets and smartphones.

2. Advanced Search: I like my lazy Sundays, a.k.a. movie marathon sessions. Sometimes I feel extra picky and am in the mood for a film or series which includes a particular director or actor. With our enhanced search tools, you can click on the Guide and press * on your remote and type in what you’re seeking. This same search functionality is also available on the new app! For example, the other day I felt like watching something that featured my Swedish, True Blood mini-obsession, Alexander Skarsgard. A quick search on my TV reveals the available titles he stars in, for instance: Battle Ship, Melancholia, Straw Dogs… and Zoolander (what? I do not remember this appearance!)

3. Karaoke Playlists On Demand: My friends have come to expect some serious karaoke playlists at my place. Check out Rogers On Demand, channel 100 > Music > Karaoke On Demand and choose from a range of genres like rock or country or select by decade to begin building your personal playlist. I prefer rocking out to 90s hip-hop with hairbrushes in hand, but you can also amp up the experience by plugging in a microphone.

4. Whole Home PVR: Need to catch the last minutes of your recorded show while you’re trying not to snooze on the sofa? With NextBox whole home PVR functionality, you can benefit from follow me TV capability and seamlessly resume your program from the comfort of your bedroom.

5. Weather Application: Did you ever wonder what the purpose of the “D” button on your remote control was? For those of you who haven’t tested it out, it displays your weekly, localized weather forecast on your TV screen. When I’m watching BT, before I head out to work, pushing “D” will inform whether or not I should grab my umbrella. This little button can be a lifesaver.

How to get NextBox

If you become a Rogers Digital TV customer you automatically get the NextBox experience. If you’re an existing customer, you may already have an eligible set-top box (4642 and 8642 models). If so, in order to enjoy the benefits of the new guide and enhanced features call in or fill out an online form to get set up. If you do not have an eligible box, then call 1-888-Rogers1 or visit a retail location to purchase one.

What are your favourite NextBox features?

 Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

UPDATE: December 6th, 10:30am – Here’s where you can get your app, on your iPhone or your iPad. Enjoy!

UPDATE: January 22, 1:17pm – The Rogers Anyplace TV Application recently launched on Android. You can find the Google Market urls here: Tablet / Phone

 

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Top 5 TV Makeover finalists: who will win the Rogers NextBox/Samsung prize pack?

Our TV Makeover contest has now ended and you blew us away with your awesome entries! We had everything from wood covered floor models to dated tube TVs and your creative descriptions had us smiling since we announced the contest last month.

Earlier today, a panel of three judges reviewed all the entries and narrowed down the entries to five finalists. We based our decision on three main criteria: creative image, best description in 100 words and overall originality.

Later today, we’ll be doing a draw of these five finalists for the grand prize winner who will receive a total Rogers NextBox 2.0 facelift valued at over $5,000 which includes:

  • 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

In random order, here are our top five TV Makeover finalists:

Peter from TorontoMy dad worked very hard to buy a tv for us kids(6 kids)and i want to win this tv for him,love u dad. 

Peter - TV Makeover entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda from Kitchener: these entries may be old,but you can see by the lonely cable,I don’t even have one. Can I win? Plz.

Linda - TV Makeover contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan from OrilliaThe timing of the contest couldn’t be better, because unfortunately this is my current setup!

Susan - TV Makeover contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard from Richmond HillI need a TV makeover because my TV is so old I can not watch any DVDs nor play any video games on it

Howard - TV Makeover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike from OttawaIt’s bad enough I live in my parents basement, but bringing my imaginary dates home to this?! HELP!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was really tough to select only 5 so we wanted to give honourable mentions to the following entries as well:

We’ll be updating this post to announce the grand prize winner soon. Stay tuned!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the TV Makeover contest!

UPDATE (May 17, 2012, 9:08 a.m): And the winner is…Howard from Richmond Hill! Congratulations Howard! You are the winner of the Rogers NextBox/Samsung TV Makeover. We’ll be in touch to coordinate the details of delivering your prize. A big thank you to everyone who participated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda 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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The future of television has arrived: Rogers introduces NextBox 2.0

Rogers NextBox 2.0Do you still rush home to catch your favourite show live or hope that no one else has called “shot-gun” on the good couch…or the remote control?

Those days are a thing of the past. Today, we’re introducing the next big thing in TV from Rogers: NextBox 2.0, 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.

What’s new?

  • Whole Home PVR: Now with a single PVR, you can watch your recorded shows from any TV in your home with a NextBox HD Terminal. Why it’s cool? Let’s pretend I’m a huge fan of The Bachelor (who’s pretending? I love it!). I’ve recorded it and can’t wait to see the most dramatic rose ceremony yet, but I’m dozing off on the couch. Now I can seamlessly switch the show to the bedroom and watch the big reveal in the comfort of my bed. You can even watch the same recorded programs in up to 4 rooms at once.
  • Rogers Live TV: Stream 22 live TV channels on your iPad or Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet using your home Wi-Fi connection. Why this is a life changer? Say I’m watching a cooking show and instantly get inspired to whip up a dish along with the TV host; I can switch the live show to my tablet into the kitchen and live stream the show while I embark on my culinary adventure.
  • An enhanced interactive TV guide: A sleek and intuitive new HD interface, with advanced search capabilities. Why do I love this? Because I can customize and build personalized channel guides and easily search for that show everyone is buzzing about, while never losing sight of the current episode. The new on demand portal makes it easier to check out what’s new on Rogers On Demand Channel 100.
  • More tailored cable and internet packages: Usage-based packaging options. What does this mean? It means I can choose the services best suited to my TV and internet needs. All packages come with a discounted monthly TV service, NextBox 2.0 free for 6 months and a PVR Extender that allows you to record and store even more of your favourite shows! Whether you watch a little TV or a lot, there’s a variety of packages available to suit your needs.

With NextBox 2.0 home entertainment is now on your schedule and on the screen of your choice. Speaking of entertainment on any screen of your choice, Rogers On Demand Online has a new name: Rogers Anyplace TV.

It’s still your online entertainment destination or your favourite on-demand primetime TV shows, kids programming, specialty channels, movie rentals, and live streaming sports action – just with a different name. The new name captures the next step in TV entertainment. It’s about streaming sports action while you’re commuting or enjoying the latest episode of 30 Rock on your mobile when you’re waiting in line. It’s entertainment right at your fingertips.

In addition to watching your favourite programming online on your PC, you can also watch on your smartphone, tablet and Xbox 360.

Got a special place in your heart for Rogers On Demand? Your favourite On Demand hotspot on channel 100 will be keeping the Rogers On Demand name alive.

You’ll be able to see the new name starting now at RogersAnyplaceTV.com and over the next couple months, you’ll start to see the name changing for the mobile app and Xbox platforms.

Which room do you think is the best for TV viewing? Join the discussion on Twitter by using or following #NextBox.

UPDATE (February 27, 2012, 6:43 a.m): Looking for more information on NextBox 2.0? Take a look at this video to see it in action:

UPDATE (February 29, 2012, 4:18 p.m): If you are an existing Rogers Digital TV customer with a NextBox HD Terminal (Cisco 4642) and/or NextBox HDPVR (Cisco 8642) and wish to get the new guide, just complete the form here: www.rogers.com/enhancedguide to upgrade to the Rogers Enhanced Guide, at no additional cost.

Just click on the “Can I Get It” tab and fill out all the necessary boxes on the form and press ORDER NOW. It will take up to 72hrs to process. Once you’ve filled it out, it will update all of your compatible digital set-top boxes in your home.

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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