Rogers Digital Cable

The price for my Rogers cable connection finally jumped (all of the discounts and introductory offers finally expired) to where the difference between my good old cable and digital cable was negligible. I used to be a Time Warner Digital Cable subscriber, though I have been reluctant to adopt the Rogers Digital Cable service. I am an early adopter, but I have held back on Rogers Digital Cable for more than 12 months. Here are some of my reasons:

  • Price
    This is always a stumbling block of new technology adoption. But until last month my cable bill was 35% less with regular analog cable. With a recent raise in rates it is negligibly different than the price of digital cable. Price was the main reason that I did not upgrade to digital cable, basically I was not willing to pay $30-40/month for the additional digital specialty channels.
  • Features
    Great, I now get over 200 channels. Why is it when I sit down to watch TV there is still very little on. I miss the features and benefits of a Personal Video Recorder. I want my Tivo. Why doesn’t Canada have Tivo yet? Great, I get more channels, but why not improve how I watch TV now.
  • Convenience
    Digital cable requires that I change my current home theatre. I have to get in behind the theatre console and reconfigure the mess of wires. When will consumer electronics companies realize that I will trade all of this for no-nonsense solution. This inconvenience far out weighted the benefits of more channels.

Rogers Digital Cable is a great example of a company not understanding what their customer needs are and misinterpreting television watching behaviour. Rogers must have analysts/business consultants/marketing analysts that review all of the vast stores of customer data and analytics but they still don’t fundamental understand how or why I watch TV. Until they do, they are doomed to add more features that I will adopt after the price has been reduced.

12 thoughts on “Rogers Digital Cable”

  1. <p>hello david,<br />
    <br />
    I am personally interested in purchasing Roger's Digital Cable. The main reason is because of their promise my ability to view all sporting events. I have two questions for you. Number one: is it actually true that i get every single game? and secondly, what do you mean you had to change your personal theatre system around. I would appeciate a response from you as soon as you are available. <br />
    Thank you,<br />
    Darcy Whyte.</p>

  2. <p>Darcy, <br />
    <br />
    I think that Rogers has a number of &quot;Premium Sports Packages&quot; including NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Centre Ice and MLB Extra Innings that guarrantee all games, but you'd have to check the details of each of these services with Rogers. I have the timeshifting, which gives me access to stations across Canada and the US and there are often other NFL games on each Sunday. But this is definitely not all (every single) game by any means.<br />
    <br />
    Regarding altering my home theatre setup, I had to remove the TiVO from my configuration and I had to add a connection from the digital cable box to the home theatre to get 5.1 surround. This is not so much an issue, but it is just one more cable that is back there. I really want a high performance &quot;Bluetooth-like&quot; way to connect stereo components without adding wires and cables (e.g., HomeRF).<br />
    <br />
    Cheers, David</p>

  3. hello david,

    I am personally interested in purchasing Roger’s Digital Cable. The main reason is because of their promise my ability to view all sporting events. I have two questions for you. Number one: is it actually true that i get every single game? and secondly, what do you mean you had to change your personal theatre system around. I would appeciate a response from you as soon as you are available.
    Thank you,
    Darcy Whyte.

  4. Darcy,

    I think that Rogers has a number of "Premium Sports Packages" including NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Centre Ice and MLB Extra Innings that guarrantee all games, but you’d have to check the details of each of these services with Rogers. I have the timeshifting, which gives me access to stations across Canada and the US and there are often other NFL games on each Sunday. But this is definitely not all (every single) game by any means.

    Regarding altering my home theatre setup, I had to remove the TiVO from my configuration and I had to add a connection from the digital cable box to the home theatre to get 5.1 surround. This is not so much an issue, but it is just one more cable that is back there. I really want a high performance "Bluetooth-like" way to connect stereo components without adding wires and cables (e.g., HomeRF).

    Cheers, David

  5. <p>You're right, they are intentionally limiting capabilities. I was amused to see &quot;television, home theatre system&quot; without any acknowledgement to the trend of hooking up your computer. I'd sure like to be able to use my projector without resorting to SVGA output.</p>

  6. You’re right, they are intentionally limiting capabilities. I was amused to see “television, home theatre system” without any acknowledgement to the trend of hooking up your computer. I’d sure like to be able to use my projector without resorting to SVGA output.

  7. <p>I go back and forth about using my computer and my home theatre together. Since my 5 year old Sony DVD player crapped out about a month ago, I've been using my Powerbook to play DVD movies. But I find that I really just want a dedicated device (with hardware level decoding) for playing movies. I like to sit on the couch and surf the web while watching Indiana Jones.<br />
    <br />
    I really want an all-in-one home theatre system that does everything DVD, MP3, Dolby5.1, radio, TiVo, etc. But I want to be able to connect to it over 802.11 and configure and manage it using my Mac (so that probably means and embedded http server that uses FLEX or Royale or Avalon for a thicker client UI).</p>

  8. I go back and forth about using my computer and my home theatre together. Since my 5 year old Sony DVD player crapped out about a month ago, I’ve been using my Powerbook to play DVD movies. But I find that I really just want a dedicated device (with hardware level decoding) for playing movies. I like to sit on the couch and surf the web while watching Indiana Jones.

    I really want an all-in-one home theatre system that does everything DVD, MP3, Dolby5.1, radio, TiVo, etc. But I want to be able to connect to it over 802.11 and configure and manage it using my Mac (so that probably means and embedded http server that uses FLEX or Royale or Avalon for a thicker client UI).

  9. <p>Hey guys;<br />
    <br />
    I am a big proponent of digital television, not just rogers but dvds as well. 3 years ago I built my own PC, dolbey, integrated home theatre system and of course it didn't live up to my expectations (it never does)…okay enough with the introduction, here's the beef:<br />
    <br />
    Unless you're willing to shell out the extra $20/mo for a Rogers digital box WITH PVR, then you're stuck being only able to record on your VCR, what you watch. Huh?!! Did we just jump back 30 years?? Ever since VCRs came out we have been able to watch one program and tape another up until today. There is no way (unless you get a second Rogers box) to record one program while watching another. Erggg! I spend 3 hours rewiring my system and the ripped it out again. I will be putting it in the spare room on the 14&quot; incase company wants digital TV. For now I will keep my main system cable so I can watch and record simultaneously!<br />
    <br />
    Nutz huh?! :p</p>

  10. Hey guys;

    I am a big proponent of digital television, not just rogers but dvds as well. 3 years ago I built my own PC, dolbey, integrated home theatre system and of course it didn’t live up to my expectations (it never does)…okay enough with the introduction, here’s the beef:

    Unless you’re willing to shell out the extra $20/mo for a Rogers digital box WITH PVR, then you’re stuck being only able to record on your VCR, what you watch. Huh?!! Did we just jump back 30 years?? Ever since VCRs came out we have been able to watch one program and tape another up until today. There is no way (unless you get a second Rogers box) to record one program while watching another. Erggg! I spend 3 hours rewiring my system and the ripped it out again. I will be putting it in the spare room on the 14″ incase company wants digital TV. For now I will keep my main system cable so I can watch and record simultaneously!

    Nutz huh?! :p

  11. I tried Shaw (Rogers West) digital/HD cable and it's disappointing. First of all digital means you have a box that gives you some channels and some music channels that my TV can already pick up but I dont listen to cause it's stupid, I want music iTunes/iPod. Picture isn't any better and I actually find it nicer on my analog cable than digital. As for HD well I can get three free channels in BC, CTV, GLOBAL, and CBC HD OTA. As for the DCTs that Shaw rents out, they're disappointing and just a waste of space and money. As for the premium HD who the hell cares about BIG HD I don't watch college anything and the same channels different station is a complete waste of money.

  12. I tried Shaw (Rogers West) digital/HD cable and it's disappointing. First of all digital means you have a box that gives you some channels and some music channels that my TV can already pick up but I dont listen to cause it's stupid, I want music iTunes/iPod. Picture isn't any better and I actually find it nicer on my analog cable than digital. As for HD well I can get three free channels in BC, CTV, GLOBAL, and CBC HD OTA. As for the DCTs that Shaw rents out, they're disappointing and just a waste of space and money. As for the premium HD who the hell cares about BIG HD I don't watch college anything and the same channels different station is a complete waste of money.

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