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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Sports – it’s on everybody’s mind right now. Baseball. Football. Soccer. Rogers Cup tennis. It’s just that time of year. So on that note, here’s a list of some of our favourite sports flicks, available right now to rent on Anyplace TV.
Caddyshack – if golf is your game, you’ll definitely yell “fore!” watching this hilarious comedy classic with Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield.
Jerry Maguire – starring Tom Cruise as a jaded sports agent, watch it again for the Oscar-winning performance from Cuba Gooding Jr. and the immortal “You had me at hello”.
Any Given Sunday – director Oliver Stone scored a touchdown with this football drama starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Dennis Quaid.
Major League II – Long before he was “winning”, Charlie Sheen was starring in this baseball franchise. You won’t strike out if you rent this one.
Chariots of Fire – this Oscar-winner from 1981 about two British track athletes still holds up, thanks to strong performances and its memorable score from Vangelis.
If you’re looking to catch live Rogers Cup action, you can also tune in on Anyplace TV here.
What’s your favourite sports flick of all time?
Andrew is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Pop quiz: where does the tennis term “love” as in “15-love” come from? Well, like the Rogers Cup, which returns to Toronto and Montreal again this year, it’s the perfect mix of English and French. Apparently, the term “love” comes from the French word “l’oeuf” or “egg”, shaped like the number zero.
Once again this year, tennis fans can catch all the rallies and powerful serves at the Rogers Cup men’s tournament hosted at Toronto’s Rexall Centre from August 4th to 12th, and women’s tournament at Montreal’s Uniprix Stadium from August 4th to 13th.
You can’t make a match? No worries, you don’t have to miss a second of Milos’ powerful serve or Sharapova’s blistering return. Just follow the action on courts in both Toronto and Montreal on your TV, smartphone and computer:
- TV Broadcast: Starting August 4th, fans can catch comprehensive coverage of the first three rounds of the men’s and women’s tournaments and the quarter-finals on Sportsnet ONE, Citytv and FX Canada. CBC will provide coverage of the semifinals and final matches. Rogers is offering a free preview of Sportsnet ONE and FX Canada channels for Digital TV customers.
- Rogers Anyplace TV Live Mobile App: Rogers wireless customers have access to unlimited live streaming of Rogers Cup on their smartphones. Rogers Anyplace TV Live is a mobile app with a $5 per month subscription that delivers Rogers Cup matches, and additional live sports entertainment, including the Blue Jays, all in the palm of your hand.
- RogersAnyplaceTV.com on Computer: Rogers Digital TV customers can live stream the matches on their computer.
And remember: LTE is the fastest wireless network technology in the world; streaming live sports on your smartphone is easier and quicker, with virtually no delays or buffering. That’s great news for tennis fans who want to keep an eye on the ball!
Tickets to the men’s and women’s tournaments are currently on sale. Rogers customers save up to 25% on many tickets. Check it out online at Rogerscup.com/rogerscustomers.
There’s a lot going on at the Rogers Cup this summer, so don’t miss a minute of it.
What are you waiting for? Your serve!
Welcome to the red carpet world premiere launch of Next is Now … More than Ever. Red carpet as in RedBoard carpet, of course! Back in 2010, we released our original Next is Now video, dealing with how human connections are empowered by rapid changes in communications technology here in Canada and around the world.
This time around, in the Next is Now … More than Ever video, we’re looking at statistics that speak to how much Canadians value the Internet (more than chocolate? Coffee? Water?), smart appliances, the development of the dual-screen experience with TVs and tablets, smartphone usage, digital wallets, and the impact the Internet is having on health, government, education, and shopping.
Our Executive VP and CMO John Boynton summed up Rogers’ commitment to the Internet experience nicely last week when he presented our vision of “Creating world-leading Internet experiences”:
Creating is a great word, we think, because it means it’s a journey. One we’ve been on, and one we’ll continue to be on. There’s a lot of co-creating that goes on in our products and services now. We really are trying to build things that are responding to our customers. In a way, we’re co-creating with our customers and in many ways our customers are leading the way in showing us what they need.
Surprised by some of the stats in the Next is Now … More than Ever video? Join the conversation here on Redboard, or on Twitter using the #NextIsNow hashtag!
Next is Now … More than Ever was produced by Rogers with support from Thornley Fallis.
Theme music “Unlike the Ordinary” by The Escape Frame
Michelle is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
Introducing Sportsnet Ontario on Rogers Live TV: Stream live sports action on your tablet anywhere in your home
Last December we were thrilled to tell you about the Rogers Live TV beta app - a first in Canada. We’re always looking to expand our channel line-up and since we live and breathe sports at Rogers, it was only natural for us to add Sportsnet to the Rogers Live TV channel line-up!
Based on personal experience, I can tell you that this app can come in handy. If you’re in a household with well-known remote control hoggers or constant channel surfers, picking up your tablet and taking live TV into your own hands is the best solution.
With Sportsnet Ontario on Rogers Live TV, you get the same broadcast feed on your TV and on your tablet.
As a refresher, here are the details:
- Rogers Digital TV and Hi-Speed Internet customers in Ontario can live stream TV content directly to their tablets for free, anywhere in their home over Wi-Fi.
- Available for iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 users.
- Download the app from iTunes or the Google Play and log in using your My Rogers profile.
- 24 channels and growing, including: Citytv, CityNews Channel, OMNI Television, Global, CBC News Network, YTV, Treehouse, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox.
Picture this: you’re glued to your TV set enjoying one of your favourite Sportsnet shows like HOCKEY CENTRAL , Sportsnet Connected or UFC Central… you get the picture. You suddenly have an urge to grab a snack from your kitchen or just remembered you have a forgotten load of laundry that needs drying. Just grab your tablet and take Sportsnet Ontario with you while you’re running errands around the house.
To learn more about the Rogers Live TV app check out Rogers.com/LiveTV.
With Rogers Live TV on your tablet, you can transform any room in your home into a live sports zone. In your opinion, which room is the best spot to stream sports?
Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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 Toronto: My 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.
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.
Susan from Orillia: The timing of the contest couldn’t be better, because unfortunately this is my current setup!
Howard from Richmond Hill: I need a TV makeover because my TV is so old I can not watch any DVDs nor play any video games on it
Mike from Ottawa: It’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:
- Doreen from Smooth Rock Falls
- Jon from London
- Pauline from Newmarket
- David from London
- Sid from Richmond Hill
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
Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, a perfect opportunity for Rogers TV to salute the talented volunteers who work diligently in its community stations across Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
At any given time, approximately 2,000 individuals dedicate themselves to providing the best in community television programming at Rogers. The quality of their work shines whether they are in front of the camera or behind the scenes.
In exchange for their commitment, volunteers are provided with hands-on training in many aspects of television production. This provides both valuable experience and skills needed for a career in broadcasting or in other job sectors.
Here’s how to get involved:
If you or someone you know would like to volunteer at Rogers TV, visit the Volunteer section of RogersTV.com: http://www.rogerstv.com/volunteer or call our Volunteer Hotline at 1-877-LOCAL TV.
For more information, you can also check out the videos here to learn about what volunteers do and the benefits of developing these skill sets.
For residents of Toronto, follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/RogersTVToronto.
On behalf of everyone at Rogers, thank you to all volunteers. We appreciate everything you do.
Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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