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Roaming questions? Our Rogers expert has the answers: “Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert” event March 7th
When you have a question, isn’t it great to be able to turn to an expert? We think so. That’s why we’re launching Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert events through our community forum. Spring break’s fast approaching, so we’ve decided to kick off this forum chat series tomorrow with roaming.
What: Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert roaming online forum chat event
When: Thursday March 7th, 1pm to 3pm (ET)
Where: the Rogers Community Forums
Who: Donavan Beth, Director Roaming & Long distance
Tech Essentials is a new program that provides Canadians with a deeper understanding of how to safely and properly use today’s technology. The Tech Essentials website does a great job of answering some of our customers’ most frequently asked questions about roaming, but at tomorrow’s Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert event you’ll be able to chat directly with our guest expert, Donavan Beth, Director Roaming & Long distance at Rogers about the specific questions you’d like answered.
Looking for inspiration?
How about asking Donavan for tips to help you maximize your data usage while travelling? Or about the ways we’ve simplified our roaming offerings? If you’re getting ready to roam with your Rogers phone, Donavan’s the perfect person to chat with to make sure you’re armed with all the knowledge you need to for a smooth travelling experience.
Donavan’s looking forward to share his insight and knowledge on these and other roaming-related topics with you, so come check out our first Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert event tomorrow.
About our roaming expert:
Donavan Beth is a 13-year veteran of the telecom and high-tech industries. Since 2007, he’s worked at Rogers Communication in the Roaming and Long Distance department, where he manages Rogers and Fido retail pricing and travels the world to negotiate roaming wholesale contracts with wireless operators and partners.
You know that feeling when a pivotal game is playing on your TV and the final critical minutes are approaching, and you need to step out the door or even worse you’re rushing home, trying not to miss the intense conclusion? At Rogers, we live and breathe sports, which is why we understand the sense of urgency to catch the court action in real time. With Rogers Anyplace TV, you have basketball at your fingertips; live streaming Sportsnet and NBA TV coverage on both your computer and smartphone.
The Raptors have tipped off the season, and the next Sportsnet broadcast, against the Detroit Pistons is on Wednesday December 19th in Toronto. Fans have been getting ramped up for a dramatic series of games ahead. The team has undergone some considerable changes in the off-season. Additions like Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Lowry and Raptors rookie Terrence Ross have basketball enthusiasts eager to see how the season will unfold.
Here’s how to stay close to your hoops action:
On your computer: Rogers digital TV customers who subscribe to Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE can click on Rogers Anyplace TV.com/sports to catch all the live b-ball action at no extra cost. Live stream additional out-of-market games on your computer via NBA TV Canada (over 100 games).
On your smartphone: From coast to coast, Rogers wireless customers with iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry smartphones can download the Rogers Anyplace TV Live app. You can live stream additional out of market games via Sportsnet on your phone. For $5/month, the app provides 5 hours of viewing with overage charges of $1 per additional hour. Until April 30, 2013 overage charges are waived providing unlimited viewing.
In your opinion, what’s the one sport you absolutely need to watch live?
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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.
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
Soccer fans, rejoice! Rogers customers can catch live matches of the best international soccer leagues on TV, online and mobile with Rogers Anyplace TV. For the first time in Canada, Rogers brings exclusive live access to non-televised or tape-delayed matches. You can catch every single UEFA Champions League match and hundreds of Barclays Premier League and UEFA Europa League matches, from anywhere.
Here’s how to keep your eye on the ball:
On your TV: Rogers digital TV customers can tune into 12 channels for all the action: Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World. Sportsnet World subscribers also have access to the new Sportsnet World Plus channels.
On your computer: Rogers digital television customers who subscribe to Sportsnet World can live stream the matches on their computers via RogersAnyplaceTV.com.
On your smartphone: Rogers wireless customers can live stream the games on their smartphones with the Rogers Anyplace TV Live mobile app, available through the Apple App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry App World. For $5/month, the app provides unlimited hours of viewing until April 30, 2013, after which time users can stream 5 hours per month at $1 per each additional hour.
What does this mean for soccer fanatics like me?
It means that fans of the Barclays Premier League will get to enjoy a large selection of the best English soccer on Saturdays and Sundays, as 20 teams battle it out for championship glory and to avoid relegation. Watch as the 1st and 2nd top goal scorers from last season as Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney team up on a star studded Manchester United roster. David Silva leads Manchester City in a spirited defense of their Premier League championship and Fernando Torres powers Chelsea in their charge for their first BPL title since 2009-2010.
For followers of the UEFA Champions League, we will have every single match, featuring the very best clubs from England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France and more. Most matches air on weekdays during business hours – but no need to worry about missing out! Rogers Anyplace TV has you covered so you can check in on your favourite team via your computer or smartphone. Tune in as Chelsea attempts to repeat as champions against fierce competition, including a powerhouse FC Barcelona squad featuring the dynamic Lionel Messi.
How to sign up:
Rogers Digital TV customers with a subscription to Sportsnet World can create a free account at RogersAnyplaceTV.com to get access to hours of European soccer online.
Nationwide, Rogers wireless customers can watch soccer matches in the palm of their hand by downloading the Rogers Anyplace TV Live app to their smartphone from the Apple, Android or BlackBerry app store.
In your opinion, who is the best soccer player of all time?
Edward is a regular contributor to RedBoard
We’re always looking for bigger and better. As technology continues to evolve and our smartphones get smarter, we rely on it to do more for us like download music, stream videos, or keep us connected through our social media networks.
Thanks to our new 6 GB/$60 Super Plan, now available on the Rogers LTE network, you can do all of those things and more.
Launching today and available until August 8, 2012, the 6GB Super Plan also gives you unlimited Canada-wide My10 calling, unlimited messaging, unlimited 6 pm evenings and weekends, and 200 weekday minutes.
What you can do with 6 gigs
With the launch of the Super Plan, we wanted to find out how much 6 GB of data really is, and what it can do for you. This is what we discovered:
Whether you’re an avid music listener, YouTube streamer, Facebook poster or Tweeter, the 6GB Super Plan gives you virtually endless possibilities right at your fingertips. If you love to jam to music, 6 GB gives you the freedom to download nearly 1,500 songs. Or perhaps sending and receiving e-mail is your preferred pastime? 6 GB will allow you to send or receive nearly 20,000 e-mails. If you’re the social media savvy type, you can update your status 34,460 times with 6 GB (that’s over 1,100 times a day!) Or maybe you’re a YouTube junky? In that case, you can stream nearly 100 hours of YouTube videos with the 6 GB Super Plan.
Data Sharing with the 6GB Super Plan
As you can see, 6 GB is a lot of data, especially for just one device. So why not use it to also enjoy internet on the go on your tablet, Rocket mobile hotspot, or Rocket stick? Just activate a Shared Device plan for each additional device to get the freedom of a separate SIM card and secure wireless connection. Rogers no-term Shared Device plans are now just $2/month for the first 10 months (regularly $12/month). You can activate up to 4 mobile internet devices to share your smartphone data plan and stay connected when, where, and how you choose.
With all these options available, what will you choose to do with 6 GB of data?
UPDATE (July 25, 2012, 5:47 p.m): We’ve updated the text in the data sharing paragraph in this blog post to clarify the details of the offer.
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We’ve all been there – you’re at the cottage in the middle of nowhere, stuck in traffic, or caught in a blackout… and your battery is down to a single bar of power. These days, not only do we rely on our mobile devices for emergency phone calls, we’ve come to depend on them for their Wi-Fi capabilities too. We also rely on them for GPS to instruct the tow truck to our location and apps to find the nearest gas station – the last thing we want toworry about is our battery dying!
You’re bound to find at least one idea that works for you, even if you’re only emergency is ensuring you don’t miss the next Toronto Blue Jays game!
Once you’re powered up, check out Connected Magazine’s “Tablet Tips” (page 57 in our current issue) for a couple of handy shortcuts. Learn how to insert fancy characters, then master multi-tasking gestures on your iPad. Depending how many apps you juggle at one time on your tablet, learning how to switch between open apps can save you valuable seconds in a game!
According to eMarketer, more and more sports fans are catching the action online, both during and after the games. They recently did an article entitled Sports Fans Go Digital to Get Their Post-Game Fix, in which a study revealed that 61% of the US population considers themselves sports fans. Of that, 19% cited “reading/watching sports content” among activities they did on a daily basis.
The statistics are compiled from a Marist Poll, Deloitte study, and consumer study from Experian Simmons. Find out what else they discovered on social media and mobile aspects of sports fans’ digital behavior and which sports get the most attention in the full report available on eMarketer here.
How often do you stream your favourite sports online? And do you have backup chargers prepared? Share how you stay connected in our comments below!
Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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Next month we will celebrate the one year anniversary of LTE in Canada. In July 2011, Rogers was the first to bring LTE to Canada with the launch of our network in Ottawa. Today, many city launches later, we offer LTE to 12 million Canadians and will cover 60 per cent of the population this year. We introduced even faster LTE speeds as the first to launch LTE devices that work on both the 1700/2100MHz and 2600 spectrum offering typical download speeds of up to 40 Mbps and maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.* We’ve made exciting progress and the journey continues as we continue to expand our network and launch more LTE devices.
Many of you have told us that you love LTE and that it’s changed your digital lives. We want to hear your stories! In 100 words or less tell us how LTE has made your life better for a chance to win one of the following LTE devices:
- A Samsung Galaxy Note
- A Samsung Galaxy 8.9 LTE tablet
- A Samsung Galaxy SIII 16GB or,
- A Sierra Wireless LTE Hotspot Prize Pack including a Sierra Wireless LTE hotspot, backpack, water bottle and jacket.
Has LTE transformed your gaming experience? Allowed you to live stream sports in a way that was only a dream not that long ago? Made downloading music and movies so fast that it’s freed up time for other things and reduced your stress levels? Has it improved your business or given you flexibility to do more on the go and improve your bottomline? We are looking for specific examples.
We’ll be selecting the top 8 finalists and publishing their entries on RedBoard on June 28th. From the 8 finalists, we’ll be doing a random draw for 4 winners. For full contest details and rules, go here.
UPDATE (June 28, 2012, 12:24 p.m.): The LTE one year anniversary contest is now over. A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated and shared your stories with us. We got everything from connected grandmas to on-the-go student and you blew us away with your creative entries. We’re going to take some time to review all the eligible entries before announcing the finalists. If you are a finalist, we’ll be contacting you via email. Stay tuned!
Sara 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.
Contest closes at noon ET on June 28, 2012. Open to residents Canada who are 18 years or older. Limit of one (1) entry per person. Prizes: one Sierra Wireless LTE Hotspot Prize Pack (value of $300), one Samsung Galaxy Note (value of $649.99), one Samsung Galaxy 8.9 LTE tablet (value of$649.99), one Samsung Galaxy SIII 16GB (value of$649.99). Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries and the quality of the comments. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.
The arrival of warmer temperatures also means many families are starting to plan their summer vacations. Whether its road trips or just a day at home, we know that keeping kids entertained all summer long can sometimes be a challenge.
When it comes to travelling with kids this summer, we’ve got just the thing: Treehouse and YTV are now available on Rogers Anyplace TV Live app on your Rogers smartphone. If you’re a busy, always on the go kind of family, this app will come in handy. Whether you’re driving the kids to camp, up north or back and forth to all their summer activities and hobbies, you can keep the kids entertained and occupied with their favourite TV shows.
If you’re an avid sports fan, you’re probably already familiar with our live app for smartphones for live streaming sports. From hockey playoffs andRaptors, to the Blue Jays – you’ve had it all in the palm of your hands.
The app, formerly known as the “Rogers Live Mobile app,” is now referred to as Rogers Anyplace TV Live app. The Rogers Anyplace TV brand is the ultimate cross platform experience in Canada: across computer, tablet, smartphone, and Xbox. Entertainment, news, sports on the screen of your choice, anytime you want it.
What you need to know about the Rogers Anyplace TV Live app for smartphones:
- The app is available on Rogers smartphones through iTunes, Google Play and BlackBerry App World.
- 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 live and on demand smartphone apps for Rogers Anyplace TV are also included in $12.79 and $16.79 value packs
When I reminisce on my rambunctious childhood, specifically times when my little sister and I would belt out the same song over and over on family road trips, I really commend my parents for their patience with us.If this app would have existed during our loud and energetic outbursts, I’m positive my parents would have taken full advantage of it.
With the Rogers Anyplace TV Live app you get live games like the Blue Jays, basketball, hockey, tennis and music concerts, news such as CityNews, and kids programming like YTV and Treehouse. With Rogers Anyplace TV On Demand on your smartphone, you get up to 60 On Demand channels, including Citytv, CBC, W Network, TMN, Teletoon, TVO Kids, HGTV Canada and movie trailers.
We’re curious to hear from you, as we continue to add more content to our Rogers Anyplace TV lineup, what genre of entertainment is your favourite to take on the go, i.e. sports, news, primetime TV, etc.?
Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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.
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
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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