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We’ve never been shy about our passion for sports at Rogers. And this morning we have cemented our sports leadership with a landmark 12-year broadcast and multimedia agreement with the National Hockey League that includes national rights on all platforms in all languages. The agreement begins with the 2014/15 season and continues through the 2025/26 season.
The deal is big news for hockey fans and for Rogers customers. It includes national rights across TV broadcasts, internet and mobile streaming, as well as all linear and digital highlights including condensed games and video archives. On any given night, Rogers will provide multiple game coverage on up to nine TV channels (including City and Sportsnet) plus digital and radio.
And we’re going to partner with CBC for English-language broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada and with TVA for all national French-language multimedia rights.
Here’s what people are saying about the deal:
“Sports content is a key strategic asset and we’ve been investing significantly to strengthen our sports offering to Canadians. Canadians are passionate about hockey, and through this landmark partnership with the NHL we’ll be able to bring hockey fans more games and more content on their platform of choice. We are proud to select CBC as our partner to carry on the Hockey Night in Canada tradition for Canadians. We are also excited about our long-standing sports alliance with TVA Sports and Quebecor, which will use its many channels and platforms to deliver French-language NHL coverage.” — Rogers president and CEO Nadir Mohamed
“Our fans always want to explore deeper and more emotional connections to NHL hockey, and that is precisely what Rogers has promised to deliver over the next 12 years – channeling the reach of its platforms and the intensity of its passion for the game into an unparalleled viewing experience.” — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
“Our vision is to build on the NHL’s legacy in Canada with an emphasis on storytelling, innovation, and technology, weaving the NHL, its teams, and its stars even deeper into the fabric of Canadian culture.” — Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media.
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.
This week, we’ve got television on our mind, with research linking tweets and TV ratings and the launch of our new NextBox 3.0. Plus, we learned that more people are tuning in from their devices than ever before. Finally, for something a little different, we look at the state of social around the world. Learn more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!
Tweeting and the tube
As reported by 680 News, the study looked at 221 broadcasts, finding that active Twitter conversations boosted the number of viewers for nearly 30 per cent of the episodes. This turned out to be especially true for live sports. Increased numbers of viewers also boosted the number of tweets about the program. That said, not all social media buzz-worthy events also saw great ratings – for example, Sharknado’s numbers didn’t live up to the hype.
Personally, I tend to tweet about sports, but I don’t share potential spoilers from my regular True Blood or movie sessions. Do you tweet about events you’re watching on TV?
Marathon even more movies and shows
While appointment viewing may be the only way to truly spoiler-proof my TV experience, there are so many times when I just can’t be home in time to catch the latest episode – or multiple shows I love are occupying the same timeslot, forcing me to make a tough decision. The PVR has become an essential tool for catching what you want to watch, when you want to watch it – and this week, we were excited to announce our new NextBox ™ 3.0. You can now record up to eight HD programs at once and store up to 240 hours of HD shows and movies. Check out our list of three ways to tell that you and your PVR are BFFs and let us know which shows you just can’t bear to miss!
Video to go
Size may still matter when it comes to traditional sets, but for video content on the go, Fox reports that people now spend the same amount of time consuming media on the small screens of their smartphones and tablets as they do on their laptops and personal computers. This same research estimates that nearly 40 per cent of media consumption in the U.S. this year will be digital – and evenly split between mobile devices and laptops and computers. On average, people spend more than two hours a day watching online video or using social media. Of that time, tablet users spend a larger chunk watching videos than people who are using computers.
What’s your preferred device for screening?
It’s a social, social world
Last week, we learned that Facebook is still dominating the social sphere around the globe – but this week’s research from eMarketer shows that even though we’re all fielding friend requests, different countries have very different attitudes about social networks. In Asia, mobile messaging applications continue to rule, and are evolving to include photo and file-sharing. In China, where Facebook and Twitter are blocked, microblogs (or weibo) continue to grow, with 50.9 per cent of internet users having an account. Only 46.6 per cent of Chinese internet users belong to a social network. In Russia, local networks such as VK and Odnoklassniki.ru are still the most popular, a trend that continues in Germany.
Another fun fact: people who live in the United Arab Emirates are the most likely internet users in the Middle East, with 71 per cent of residents online in December 2012.
I’ve got a pretty robust collection of social network logins, but definitely still focus most of my time on the biggies, including Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare and Instagram. Where do you spend most of your online hours?
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
Whether you’re a marathon viewer watching back-to-back-to-back episodes or a second screen fiend, we want to hear about your video viewing habits. Join us here at noon (EDT) to discuss the findings from the latest Rogers Innovation Report and take part in a trivia contest for your chance to win a great prize, including The Walking Dead on DVD, a Community sweatshirt and goodies from City. (Read the full contest rules here).
Update, June 19, 4:45 p.m.: Congratulations to @Magnalicious, who won our trivia contest prize pack!
What kind of TV viewer are you? When it comes to my TV consumption habits, my friends would most likely describe a scenario akin to a bear in hibernation. I select the series I have been meaning to catch up on and hunker down, keeping snacks at a close proximity (no time to pause and grab food). My only major movement consists of pressing play from one episode to the next.
Cut to me last month: I got totally wrapped up in The Walking Dead. I would immerse myself in post-apocalyptic zombie territory for more than six hours at a time.
As you can probably deduce, I can be classified as a “marathon TV viewer.” And I’m in good company – more than 80 per cent of Canadians have watched three or more TV episodes or two movies back-to-back this year, according to the latest Rogers Innovation Report, released today.
More and more Canadians are watching consecutive TV shows and movies, with the longest viewing sessions averaging more than five hours on a weekday and almost seven hours on a weekend. But really, if the next episode is available on demand, how can you wait to continue the storyline?
When taking part in consecutive viewing sessions, half of Canadians are engrossed in action and drama, while six out of 10 are watching comedy. These viewers are taking their TV away from the comfort of the couch to the bedroom (over half) and the bathroom (one out of 10) and even to work (one out of 10). It turns out that Canadians treasure their viewing marathons more than sleep, too, with eight out of 10 staying up past bedtime to catch another episode, or more. And men are two times more likely than woman to show up late for work the next day due to a long viewing session.
Skipping sleep isn’t the only place the gender divide is obvious: men tend to participate in longer marathon viewing sessions than women, hitting up to 7.2 hours of continuous content on average versus 6.3 hours.
Nowadays, living rooms are sprawled with devices, so it comes as no surprise that the report shows an influx of “Multiscreen Taskers” – Canadians who combine TV viewing with multitasking. Seven out of 10 Canadians who own a smartphone, tablet or computer use of one these devices while watching television. They’re using these second screens to look up information online (over a third), monitor social media activity (one out of five) and text friends (one out of five). Those age 34 or under are more likely (nine out of 10) to use these screens to watch content, too.
In addition to zombies, when I’m marathoning TV, I’m glued to viewing vampires or the never-ending aristocratic Crawley family drama. What’s your TV show of choice when you’re in the mood to marathon?
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 email@example.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.
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!
I’m talking, of course, about Saturday morning cartoons, such as SpongeBob Squarepants. Who doesn’t remember watching Bobby’s World before class? Who was your favourite Care Bear? And of course, Bugs Bunny and his Friends could always be counted on for some laughs.
With channels such as Nickelodeon, Teletoon Retro, Family Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, your kids can get their cartoon fix like never before. These channels are all also available on Rogers Anyplace TV, meaning you can watch many of them from your device of choice (computer, tablet or smartphone) wherever you are.
Thanks to Teletoon Retro and Nickelodeon, which all Rogers cable customers can receive on Rogers Anyplace TV for free until April 5, you can share some of your favourite childhood shows with your children. We recently chatted with Toronto blogger Emma Waverman about doing just that.
Were you a fan of Saturday morning cartoons? What was your favourite cartoon growing up?
I was a fan of Saturday morning cartoons. I remember sitting on the couch with my sister and a cereal box hoping that my mother wouldn’t wake up so we could keep watching.
We loved Josie and the Pussycats and Scooby-Doo and the Justice League – especially with the Wonder Twins. But the best thing that could happen on a Saturday morning was when Schoolhouse Rock! put on “Conjunction Junction”. We loved that one – partially because we never knew when to expect it!
Why were those cartoons your favourite?
I always liked the shows that had girls as the main characters — they were few and far between though!
You have kids now, what are some of their favourite shows?
My boys, especially my 9-year-old, love anything to do with superheroes; so Justice League, the Avengers, Iron Man. And my 7-year old daughter sometimes gets a chance to watch the girlie shows like My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake. But she also likes superheroes and dressed up as Wonder Woman for Halloween two years in a row.
Are you excited to introduce them to the shows you loved as a kid with Teletoon Retro on Rogers Anyplace TV?
Any time you can sit and bond with your kids and introduce them to a little bit of your own history, it’s a good thing. Sometimes the retro cartoons give us a chance to talk about how some things have changed about the world, and some things haven’t.
As a mom, what do you like most about Rogers Anyplace TV?
My daughter often steals my iPad and watches cartoons while her older brothers are watching shows that are just too scary for her. She knows how to work the iPad better than I do.
Where is the oddest place you, or your kids, have used Rogers Anyplace TV?
I found my daughter hiding under the dining room table watching retro cartoons the other day. It took me a while to find her!
What was your favourite Saturday morning cartoon?
Sarah is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Treehouse, YTV, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Family Channel, Nickelodeon, CBC Kids, Teletoon and Teletoon Retro available on Rogers Anyplace TV on desktop.
Treehouse, YTV, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Family Channel, Nickelodeon, CBC Kids and Teletoon available on Rogers Anyplace TV tablet app.
Treehouse, YTV, Nickelodeon, Teletoon and CBC Kids available on Rogers Anyplace TV smartphone app.
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we take a look at a couple interesting posts: the increased trend of shopping with your smartphone, the idea of the “second screen,” and Canada’s fastest smartphone, the LG Optimus G. So grab a coffee, sit back and get caught up on some interesting tech news from the past week.
How shoppers use smartphones
Earlier this week, Rogers President and CEO Nadir Mohamed spoke about innovation at the Canadian Club in Montreal. One the innovations he highlighted was mobile wallet – a safe and secure platform that uses the SIM card inside your phone to safely manage all of your personal information like transit cards, credit and debit cards, loyalty or points cards and government issued ID. Cool right?
The trend toward a totally virtual wallet is already starting. In fact, recent research from emarketer noted that mobile coupon usage is skyrocketing. More people are using their smartphones to cash in on coupons and to get deals in store.
The second screen experience
Here’s another cool post you should read over your morning coffee. The Guardian published this one about the so-called “second screen experience,” or, how more and more people are using tablets and smartphones alongside TV to watch events. People are looking up actors on IMDB or, finding the music that’ splaying in an ad. They’re also chatting on Twitter and Facebook about the shows they’re watching while they watch them. As a result, broadcasters and publishers are reacting to this new way of TV watching by creating apps that help enhance the TV viewing experience. Read the full article here.
Canada’s Fastest Smartphone
Earlier this week, we announced that Canada’s fastest smartphone – the LG Optimus G – will be coming to Rogers this November. We wrote this post on it highlighting the fact that this phone, unlike other LTE phones, operates on the 2600 MHz spectrum which means it’s able to deliver higher speeds over the same distance. More speed means faster video streaming and downloading . Want to know more about this new Android smartphone? Check out this review from CNET or this post from Wired.
Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard
With summer coming to an end and school underway, it’s only natural we’d look for things to celebrate in September to keep our spirits high! This week we not only found an article on some great alternative holidays to keep in mind for September, but we also look into consumers TV habits when curled up in front of the TV, and an article on the Web Impact Index’s most recent stats.
15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in September
There’s been so much talk of back-to-school lately, so we were delighted to find Mental Floss and their 15 other reasons to celebrate this month! For example, did you know this Sunday September 9th is National Grandparents Day? It’s also Wiener Schnitzel Day! See what else we have to look forward to in the full article here. Personally I’m pumped for Talk like a Pirate Day on the 19th – all those in agreement say “Aye!”
TV-Smartphone Combo Dominates Multiscreen Consumption
It’s hard to imagine a time when boredom existed, now that people have so many handheld devices at their disposal. Gone are the days of channel surfing it seems. Ad Week revealed that when consumers are watching TV, 77 percent of the time they have another device in hand, and 49 percent of that time it’s a smartphone. What are people doing on their phones? Email, browsing, social networking, and gaming ranked highest. Check out the full article for what the most popular consumption device combos are, and what this tells marketers about consumer habits.
PCs Preferred to Smart Devices for Web Use in Canada
A few weeks ago we released the latest instalment in our series of Innovation Reports, looking at the generation gap between parents and kids when it came to technology. This week, eMarketer picked up on our infographic and covered the story in an article focused on ecommerce across mobile devices. In addition to our findings, eMarketer estimated “there will be 10.5 million smartphone users in Canada by the end of 2012, with that figure growing to 16.4 million by 2016.” Read the full article here.
Canada Ranks Fourth in Web Impact Index
What is the Web Impact Index exactly? It looks at internet access and infrastructure, and then indicators are grouped into three sub-categories: Web content and Web use scores; communications and institutional infrastructure scores; and political, economic and social impact scores. Of 61 countries, it makes use of 85 indicators to determine just how much the Web affects a country. See who took the top 3 spots in The Telecom Blog’s full article.
Kelly is a regular contributor for Redboard.