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elitefx

join:2011-02-14
London, ON
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Rogers Killing Cable TV

said by ROGERS :

Effective the date of your next invoice, the monthly service fee for each of the following TV packages will increase by $1.50/month plus applicable taxes and the 1% CRTC Local Programming Improvement Fund fee

My lineup:
- Cable Plus Original
- Cable Plus Combo

My current cable TV bill= $66/month and with the new price hikes will be $70 plus for 47 channels.

Has Rogers gone mad? WTF is going on? $70 plus per month for basically nothing. 30 of the channels are almost unwatchable. Garbage and news.

My Rogers Express internet isn't going up a penny yet they want $70 plus for 47 lousy TV stations.

I need an alternative cable/satellite TV provider. This is the straw that broke the camel's back. Don't need a million channels. Just the locals,main networks and a few others to boot.

There has to be an alternative provider out there for way less money.


J E F F
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My understanding is that internet is going up. ($3)

As is home phone.



elitefx

join:2011-02-14
London, ON
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said by J E F F:

My understanding is that internet is going up. ($3)

As is home phone.

Just got my standalone Rogers Express bill 30 minutes ago. No fee increase mentioned period, still $48.99

Our Rogers cable TV bill is under another family member's name and is a separate account from mine.


J E F F
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It's goes up after your January 24th bill, so give it one month.

From the horses mouths themselves:

»www.rogers.com/web/content/support-terms

Now if you're on contract, they might not increase the rate. (although they might, and you have the right to leave w/o being punished)
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elitefx

join:2011-02-14
London, ON
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said by J E F F:

It's goes up after your January 24th bill, so give it one month.

No contracts here and the notice with the Cable TV bill we also received an hour ago was for future bills AFTER Jan 24/2013

No fee increases for Express Internet indicated. My current due internet billing date: Jan 05 to Feb 04/2013

Bottom line: Glad my internet hasn't/isn't going up BUT WE NEED A NEW TV PROVIDER, PRONTO.

The television only gets used 4 hours a day at nite. Rogers has crossed the line here and it's time for a permanent change TV cable wise.

Any and all suggestions on my options in London are greatly appreciated.


J E F F
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I shouldn't suggest this, but, DirecTV?

Or Netflix and HuluPlus?



J E F F
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reply to elitefx

I like their commercial.

»directv.vo.llnwd.net/e5/shorts/A···50N0.mp4



Rocc

@rogers.com
reply to elitefx

Ya go with high Definition antenna. Many companies installing these professionally. Around $700 (one time install) and that's it no monthly fees. Cable and Satellite suck so does fibe. High definition antenna compared to HD programing from sat or cable is like night and day.. antenna is true HD not compressed crap the big boys provide!



dabonz

join:2012-05-17
Ottawa, ON

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I think I'm going to cancel my movie networks nothing on there but garbage and plus I have netflix. I pay like $140 for cable TV so now I'm going to look @ my option my contract exp in July so we see who ever gives me a better deal. I see CRTC get there 1% cut so of coarse Rogers got kiss ass. Rogers and Bell have the monopoly CRTC should open up like other carriers from the states then you would see price drops Bell and Rogers are just has dirty ask a crooked politician

That"s my 2 cents worth on this

This is what I give rogers on a monthly bases> but this month be lower cuz I haven't went over my little pee-wee Data allowance of 250GB so rogers aint getting my $100 bucks for last month,but yes I'm going to cut down my TV for sure



rosenqui
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Kanata, ON

said by dabonz:

I pay like $140 for cable TV

Wow, $140/month just for cable TV!?

We've been gradually weaning ourselves from Bell & Rogers and cut the final cord (Bell satellite TV) last spring. Now we pay a total of just over $142/month plus tax for all of: 2 smartphone plans (Koodo deal in Nov/Dec), home phone (voip.ms), Internet (Acanac), and TV (antenna, Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu).

I posted some of the specifics on Adventures in Canadian cord cutting in case you're curious.


elitefx

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London, ON
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reply to elitefx

Well, this is going nowhere on Google. Does anyone have the complete or even partial list of Satellite TV providers for southwestern Ontario? I want to steer clear of Bell. Thanks


bt

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said by elitefx:

Well, this is going nowhere on Google. Does anyone have the complete or even partial list of Satellite TV providers for southwestern Ontario? I want to steer clear of Bell. Thanks

Based on Satellite TV, Ontario, not Bell:

Shaw Direct


rosenqui
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Kanata, ON
reply to elitefx

If you want anything more than the basic over-the-air networks, you'll be hard pressed to find anything less than $40. I looked into it last spring when we dumped Bell Satellite and took another look last week when writing about Zazeen's new offering.

Shaw Direct's $30 package is the best you can do, but that's rather crippled and if you're happy with it, you'd probably also be happy with the free Local Television Satellite Solution program Shaw has. Expand the first highlighted item on that page to get more info, and don't worry about the Nov 2012 date - the program has been extended through to the end of Nov 2013:

»www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2012/···128a.htm


yyzlhr

join:2012-09-03
Scarborough, ON
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reply to bt

The only satellite providers in Canada are Bell, Telus and Shaw Direct. Telus is a Bell reseller, so really there are only 2 providers.

Also you'd be hardpressed to find much of a price difference between satellite and cable.



elitefx

join:2011-02-14
London, ON
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said by yyzlhr:

The only satellite providers in Canada are Bell, Telus and Shaw Direct. Telus is a Bell reseller, so really there are only 2 providers.

Also you'd be hardpressed to find much of a price difference between satellite and cable.

Thanks. You're absolutely right EXCEPT for the same money from Shaw I can get roughly 113 channels versus the 47 I currently get from Rogers and we get to say goodbye to Rogers Cable TV as a Bonus. After 60 years we're sick to death of their thieving ways. My Rogers internet is on the chopping block next. Time for a clean sweep in 2013.


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reply to elitefx

Just posted this last week in another thread: »Re: How Minimum Can I Get?
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J E F F
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reply to Rocc

He's in London, he'd likely not get much in London.

I even thought about digital OTA, but because the way digital OTA works, you're not likely to get many channels if you're much more than 40 miles out. I think even with a 40 foot antenna, I'm only getting Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener and that's it. Not even Buffalo. (just outside the line)

Back in the days of analog, you'd pull anything in with 100 miles with a relatively small roof-top antenna. My grandma lived in Guelph and pulled in everything, no need for cable. 29 Buffalo (Fox as it is known as now) was a bit fuzzy at times.
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resa1983
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reply to elitefx

Uh....

LPIF is being phased out. Why the hell are they increasing it.
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J E F F
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reply to dabonz

I thought I was paying too much:




elitefx

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London, ON
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reply to resa1983

said by resa1983:

Uh....

LPIF is being phased out. Why the hell are they increasing it.

Yea, that's what I thought. Just adds insult to injury. Rogers has completely forgotten about their biggest asset. PEOPLE.

Rogers are like addicts now. No ethics, no self respect just a blinding drive to rake in cash no matter who they hurt and stomp on along the way.

Seniors, shutins, the poor all have a basic right to television and the connection to the outside world it brings. Most live on fixed incomes and don't ask much from their basic cable or Rogers. Now it's becoming a life or death choice. Rogers basic cable or food and shelter.

There's nothing good you can really say about Rogers anymore. They're just this dark, vile, evil force out there preying on society's weakest links.


J E F F
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reply to elitefx

I was looking at Shaw but I didn't see any $30 plan, I saw that there was a 6 month discount to take it to $30..but no $30 plan....

How hard is it to get DirecTV? Does anyone here have it? Although looking at the prices, they ain't a hell of a lot better either. (although they are better..just not a hell of a lot)
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J E F F
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reply to elitefx

I take it back...DISH Network is cheaper than the others. Starts at $14.99 month. Includes all local plus some specialty. Also, allows you to add certain superstations.
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dabonz

join:2012-05-17
Ottawa, ON
reply to elitefx

Shame on Them !


JAC70

join:2008-10-20
canada
reply to elitefx

said by elitefx:

Rogers are like addicts now. No ethics, no self respect just a blinding drive to rake in cash no matter who they hurt and stomp on along the way.
There's nothing good you can really say about Rogers anymore. They're just this dark, vile, evil force out there preying on society's weakest links.

LOL. What do you want to bet an IP lookup would show our resident drama queen posting from Bell corporate headquarters?


rosenqui
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reply to J E F F

said by J E F F:

I was looking at Shaw but I didn't see any $30 plan, I saw that there was a 6 month discount to take it to $30..but no $30 plan....

It's called "Digital Lite" and it's hidden by default on their programming page. Go to their Store/Programming and then click on the "View All Packages" link under "Action 2: Choose your package".


rosenqui
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reply to J E F F

said by J E F F:

I take it back...DISH Network is cheaper than the others. Starts at $14.99 month. Includes all local plus some specialty. Also, allows you to add certain superstations.

Beware Dish & DirectTV's teaser rates. They're almost as bad as Bell in that regard, although unlike Bell at least they make it pretty easy to see what the real rate is once the honeymoon is over and the rebates end. Dish's $19.99 package is $24.99 once your first 12 months are up.

If you were going to sign up for a grey market service like Dish or DirectTV that you'd have to carefully shop for the right US address so that you qualify for the national network feeds. The US satellite services use spot beams to deliver locals, so if you sign up with a Florida address you'll get the appropriate local channels for that area, but you won't be able to receive them once you venture too far outside of that geographic area since the beam only covers that region.


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reply to elitefx

You could run out and buy a channel master 4221 antenna and mount it somplace if you're in the GTA area or an area with good access to Lake Ontario. Then you'd receive local channels and some U.S. content free over the air. (OTA). Be a cord cutter, then you could suplement that with online content perhaps with xbmc/mediaportal-pvr setup or something. Just a suggestion, and yes I realize this might not be an option for everyone.
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J E F F
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reply to rosenqui

I put in a Niagara Falls zip code. Dish is still a lot cheaper than DirecTV.



J E F F
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reply to TwiztedZero

He's in London, likely won't get much. I went to TVFool, and checked out some info, I inputed 50 foot as an antenna.




As you can see by the image, and, as they quoted:

quote:
Reception at your location is affected by many factors such as multipath, antenna gain, receiver sensitivity, buildings, and trees - which are not taken into account. Your mileage may vary.
I highlighted "multipath" as it is a major issue the further you go out. Since the signal are straight and not spread, once you're a few miles out from original source, it's going to be hard getting them.

Still, if (actually when) I get rid of cable, I'll give it a shot, because that's the type of stuff I do. I do stuff to see if I can just make it happen.

EDIT NOTE: Forgot my attachment!
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Jeff, Multipath (distortion) is "reflections". For analogue TV, evidence of multipath is ghosting. Say you live not too far from tall buildings. The TV signal goes direct to your antenna, but it also reflects foo the building and onto your antenna and the few additional microseconds it takes for the signal to get to your TV messes up the direct signal. This causes signal distortion.

On analogue TV, this caused the ever famous "ghosts", on digital TV, like most signal quality issues, it causes pixellation. Multipath is a real problem with rabbit ears which have poor directional discrimination. With good high-gain directional antennas the impact of multipath is dramatically reduced but it means either an antenna rotator or multiple antennas.

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