Posts Tagged ‘Video’

5 fun facts about the making of Fargo on FXX

FargoDid you know Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk, Martin Freeman, Kate Walsh and Colin Hanks recently spent some time north of the border filming Fargo? The dark comedy series, based on the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning film, was shot entirely in Calgary! The new FXX Canada series tells the story of a rootless man named Lorne Malvo (Thornton) who meets small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Freeman) and sets him on a path of destruction.

Here are five more fun facts about this new series:

  1. Calgary’s a cow town, but stars Thornton and Freeman are vegan and vegetarian, respectively.
  1. A Vancouver dialect coach worked with the actors to get the Minnesota accent just right, don’tcha know.
  2. Thornton said Calgary is his favourite city in Canada.
  3. At one point, -37°C temperatures caused production to shut down (yet, Odenkirk said that he doesn’t think Calgary is that cold).
  4. Despite the cold weather, some scenes in Fargo actually required the use of fake snow.

Fargo premiered last week on FXX and FX Canada – and if you missed it, don’t worry! You can watch it on demand with the new FXNOW Canada video player and app (available on iOS and Android), Rogers on Demand (channel 100) or Rogers Anyplace TV.

The ten-episode series airs Tuesdays on FXX at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and FXX is exclusively available to Rogers digital customers on a free preview until June 30 on channels 64 and 566.

Who’s your favourite screen star in Fargo?

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Welcome to great video streaming: 700 MHz spectrum launches in communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto

700 spectrumI want to be constantly connected, wherever I go – I even sleep beside my phone. And I get really frustrated when I’m late responding to an email because I’m stuck in an underground parking lot or if I lose my mobile internet connection while streaming NHL hockey highlights.

Today, at Rogers we turned on our 700 MHz spectrum in communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. This means that if you live or work in these areas you can now experience more consistent LTE internet access from Rogers, in locations where you previously couldn’t, like in many parking garages and elevators.

The 700 MHz spectrum carries fast signals across longer distances and better penetrates structures such as buildings.  This means you can access LTE more regularly in places like basements and building interiors. So you’ll see more LTE signal bars on your phones and tablets and you’ll be less likely to drop down to lower speeds. With the Rogers 700 MHz spectrum, you’ll be able to stream NHL games and YouTube videos in your office building or send emails at the local arena during the intermission of your kid’s hockey game – all with minimal delays.

The 700 MHz spectrum will ultimately be rolled out coast to coast, so stay tuned for when it will be available in your community.

Tell us: what videos do you stream on your tablet or smartphone?

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Weekend Reading: Connected students, YouTube hits, GIFs, and banking on the go

Weekend readingThis week, things got moving on Pinterest as the social network opened up to GIFs and Rogers celebrated getting rated for HD by YouTube. Plus, we learned more about mobile habits, including insight into plugged-in students and how Canadians are managing their money on the go. Learn all about it in the latest edition of the Weekend Reading!

Pinterest gets animated

Playable gifs can now be found across boards on Pinterest. The photo-sharing social network rolled out the new functionality to all users on Thursday. When users come across a GIF, they’ll see a small “play” button in the lower left-hand corner to start and pause the GIF.

“The well-timed GIF may be the greatest thing to have happened to the internet since emoticons, and lots of people have said they’d love to see playable GIFs on Pinterest,” says the company blog, noting there are “tens of millions of GIFs” already pinned.

According to Mashable, Pinterest says the play functionality will be available on mobile “soon.”

Have you pinned a GIF yet?

Smartphone-savvy students

Kids across the country are almost constantly connected and taking it mobile, according to Mediasmarts, which surveyed 5,436 Canadian students in grades 4 through 11. Ninety-nine per cent of students in the survey had Internet access outside of school on a variety of devices, including tablets, smartphones and MP3 players.  More than one-third of students with cellphone sleep with their devices nearby in case they get calls or messages during the night.

When online, these students are looking for information – focusing on news, sports and entertainment, playing online games (two-thirds) and social networking, with almost half of Grade 6 students surveyed having a Facebook account.

How do the students in your life use their devices?

Streaming video at high speed – and high def

This past year, we were all glued to some eccentric videos on YouTube. In Norway, people dressed up as animals in a forest to guess What the Fox Says – and that viral hit has already accumulated over 340 million views! John Mayer recognized the power of YouTube talent when he hired the bubbly prancercise lady to be the paper doll in his music video. There’s nothing like watching your favourite YouTube vids in crisp high-definition. This week, Google launched a Video Quality Report for ISPs. This marks the first time that YouTube has tested and rated internet providers’ ability to deliver high resolution HD videos. And Rogers received the top rating: HD Verified. PC Tech magazine helps explain what this means to you in this article.  Check out the video Google posted on their blog which explains how video streaming quality varies across internet service providers.

What was your favourite YouTube hit in 2013?

Mobile money

Canadians are tackling their finances on the go, according to recently released research conducted by Pollara for Bank of Montreal. Seventy per cent of mobile users in the country have banking apps – including nearly three-quarters of men and more than two-thirds of women. Money management goes way beyond checking account balances, which 55 per cent of Canadians do on mobile. More than four in 10 managed their bill payments on a mobile app, while more than one-third used them for money transfers.

How does your device help with your banking?

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Tech on the street: Testing your knowledge of LTE

This spring and summer, we’ve been busy rolling out our LTE network to new markets in Atlantic Canada, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Manitoba. While every launch has been really exciting for us, we wondered what LTE means to you – so we hit the streets to find out how Canadians define LTE.

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. And Rogers LTE is Canada’s fastest wireless internet – which means you get blazing fast wireless internet on your devices, allowing you to seamlessly stream music and video and download large files quickly. For more on our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices, visit www.rogers.com/LTE.

How will you take advantage of LTE’s top speeds?

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Tech on the street: How do you travel with your smartphone?

We’ve been a little travel-crazy this summer, talking about everything from the best apps to get you through your vacation to how to manage your data when you’re on the road. So, we figured, why stop now? We hit the streets to find out how travellers are using their smartphones this summer.

With our new worry-free U.S. internet roaming rate you can get up to 50 MB of data per 24 hour period for $7.99 – that’s a lot of mapping, social networking and sharing! There’s no sign-up required, so you can get started the second you cross the border. Existing customers in Quebec and Newfoundland may need to opt in, one time only, by visiting www.rogers.com/m/dus on their mobile device. For more, visit http://www.rogers.com/travel.

How do you use your smartphone when you’re on holiday?

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Love TV and movies? Join our live chat for a chance to win

Innovation Blog Post picWhether 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).

In it to win it? Find out your viewing personality with our interactive infographic and brush up on the study results here. See you at noon!

Update, June 19, 4:45 p.m.: Congratulations to @Magnalicious, who won our trivia contest prize pack!

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Stream the playoffs live on your smartphone with Rogers Anyplace TV and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada

HTC One streaming hockeyAs a hockey nation, many of us are getting ready for the start of the playoffs tonight. One of the biggest stories north of the border has been the long anticipated return of the Toronto Maple Leafs to the hockey post-season. The Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators also clinched spots, which means fans across the country are gearing up for an adrenaline-charged series of games ahead.

The Maple Leafs haven’t had playoff presence for nine years. At that time, Canadians would have never watched the team fight for the cup in high definition – much less on a smartphone.

Much has changed

Now you can watch the on ice action unfold in the palm of your hand. You can catch the first round right through to the finals via CBC’s live broadcast coverage of Hockey Night in Canada on Rogers Anyplace TV on your smartphone.

How else has technology changed since these teams made cup runs?

  •  In 2004, when the Leafs last played in the post-season, Apple had just introduced the iPod Mini, which would eventually be replaced by the iPod Nano. The iPhone wouldn’t exist for another three years. Now we’re on the iPhone 5.
  • Leafs nation has never embraced the playoff experience on the major social networks. Facebook  - then still known as “The Facebook” – was open exclusively to university students in 2004, starting with Harvard and expanding in March  to include MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia and Yale. Twitter, meanwhile, was still two years away from launching its micro-blogging platform. And YouTube was still one year away from entertaining us with endless cat videos and introducing us to memes such as Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake.
  • Virtual playoff runs were still on the Xbox and the PS2 for Maple Leafs fans. The Xbox 360 would launch in 2005 and the PS3 would roll out in 2006. Nintendo, meanwhile, wouldn’t introduce motion controlled gaming to the masses with the Wii for two more years – in 2006. Now, gamers have gotten their hands on the Wii U and are eagerly awaiting news of the “Xbox 720” and the next-generation Sony console.
  • Montreal fans watching the Habs’ last playoff run in 2011 couldn’t have been posting about the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge from the Samsung Galaxy SIII – the popular handset was not announced until 2012. For this years’ playoffs, some lucky fans will have the newest Galaxy –the S4 – in hand.

After digesting that list, I’m starting to feel much older.

Here’s what you need to know about the Rogers Anyplace TV mobile app

  • In most cases it comes pre-loaded on your Rogers smartphone. In addition to live sports programming, you can also access news, kids and entertainment content while you’re on the go.
  • It’s available from the iTunes App store, Google Play and BlackBerry App World.

Take advantage of current promo offers:

  • Normally, for $5 per month, you can catch 10 hours of viewing, with overage fees of $1 per additional hour of streaming. But we’ve got good news: overage charges are waived until October 31, 2013.
  • If you are activating an eligible Talk, Text and Internet plan (on one, two or three year terms) you will receive free access to the app for the duration of the term. That’s pretty sweet. This offer is available for a limited time.

What technology will you use to tune in to hockey’s post-season?

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers Youth Fund answers Allô prof’s call

The success of Canada’s students is important to us as a company. It’s why we’re kicking off a monthly series of blog posts that will shine a light upon the fantastic work being done by our signature national community giving initiative, the Rogers Youth Fund™ and the organizations we’re working with across the country.

Up first, Allô prof, a Quebec-based non-profit that provides homework support by telephone and online to Quebec’s elementary and high-school students, as well as their parents. A team of qualified educators joins a virtual team of student assistants, parents and others from the educational sector to bring this service to life.

Rogers Youth Fund is supporting the essential work being done by Allô prof along with a number of its initiatives, including video tutorials and online interactive games. Now, Allô prof is gearing up to launch a new application that will allow students to chat with Allô prof educators on their smartphones. They’ll be able to submit questions by text message and archive their conversations.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Marc-Antoine Tanguay, director of marketing and communications for Allô prof to get the scoop:

Q : Why an application? What are your hopes for this new tool?

A : Allô prof’s philosophy is the key to its success: be where youth are. They’re the ones who ask us to meet them in these technological spaces that offer such immense possibilities when it comes to helping kids out with their studies. That’s why, thanks to Rogers, we’re developing a mobile version of the Allô prof website, as well as a text-messaging-based application. Students will not only be able to send us questions by text message, they’ll be able to forward photos too. Given that more and more content is adapted for mobile devices, the potential is enormous. For an Allô prof educator, it’ll be easy and quick to direct a student with a question to an online video or to a fact sheet in our virtual library. We’ll be able to engage with students more quickly, which will allow us to help even more students, or simply help the ones who already call on us, more often. The new application will be available for iPhone and Android devices by January.

Q : What other projects have you been able to launch with support from the Rogers Youth Fund?
A : We develop our entire technological and mobile offering with the support of Rogers. Besides the text messaging application, we’ll be launching an online interactive game called Magimot, which will help elementary school students improve their vocabulary and spelling skills. Magimot joins Fin Lapin, another online game that teaches basic math. Over 1 million Fin Lapin games were played in just under 4 months, so we’re very pleased with its success. In January, we’ll launch the mobile version of our current website, which includes, among other things, 21 new video tutorials which have been viewed more than 15 000 times since they launched last May. What’s more, support from the Rogers Youth Fund has contributed to the hiring of 50% more educators this year. And of course these teachers are at the centre of everything we do.

Q : Why do you believe so strongly in the importance of a service like Allô prof?
A : There’s something touching about what we do at Allô prof in that we speak directly to young people. Just to give you an example, we recently received a thank-you note from a high school student who was the victim of bullying. He told us that he was able to get through his situation and build up his self-confidence thanks to the support he’d received from our educators. You have to keep in mind that in order to get our help in the first place, the student has work to do: at the very least, he has a telephone number to call or a website to visit. Young people are often the target of a lot of criticism from society. With the school reform here in Quebec, the media was constantly sending the message that a whole generation of students would suffer. The message they hear from Allô prof is that we believe in our youth and we’re here to support them. It’s this confidence that we give to young people.

The Rogers Youth Fund supports non-profit organizations near you. Join us for the next blog post in this new series, for a featured interview with Ian Edward, Executive Director of the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs.

Michelle is a regular contributor to Redboard.

 

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Release your inner music pro with the HTC One X from Rogers in The Studio

Have you ever wanted to create your own music track? Here’s your chance. We’ve teamed up with HTC to create an interactive choose-your-own-adventure style video on YouTube where you can create your own music track like a pro.

Just like those choose-your-own adventure stories you used to read as a kid, this video will give you the chance to work with a fictional music producer to create your own custom music track.

In video, you’re mistaken for a big-time LA music producer who is asked to step into a music studio and mix a new track. Throughout the video, you get to pick what type of music genre and audio elements you want to include in your song like cowbells or triangle or even things like pygmy grunts or buzz synth. At the end, you get to listen to your masterpiece enclosed within the awesome HTC One X, Canada’s first smartphone with Beats Audio™ and share it with your friends.

How did your music track work out? Did you discover your hidden talent? To find out what other people are saying, follow #TheStudio on Twitter.

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Winner’s video: One-on-one with Hedley contest

Back in March, we announced a contest where you and your friends could enter to win a private video chat with Hedley using Rogers One Number. Recently, we met up with our lucky winner Emma to deliver her prize and document the entire experience. In addition to a Q&A with the band, Emma and her friends got a special live acoustic performance of “Beautiful.” Check it out:

If you want to try out Rogers One Number for yourself, go to www.rogersonenumber.ca to learn more.

And if you can’t get enough of the band, why not check out the concert listings on Rogers Wireless Box Office? The boys from Hedley will be playing at Rogers Bayfest in Sarnia on July 15 and we’ve got tickets right here.

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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