@1steve Have to agree wholeheartedly on that one. So many of the stations are repeat after repeat, 3 times in a day, and often through a week, and as mentioned in a few other threads, there is basically next to no classic (older) tv and TCM is our fall back now for classic movies - that really is about it.
Even the specialty channels like history, and other ones, are full of repeat after repeat, leaving mostly only the current series on network broadcasting stations.
For us, this was another reason why we are currently finishing out our move to Digital Antenna in the Toronto area - there are a number of classic tv and movie stations down Buffalo, Erie County area, and we have begun to look at various over the top (Internet) services, including Netflix, Crave, and can't remember what they are now, but we have a few networks that are free. Many movies and tv shows are now out of copyright and open use, so there are also Internet sites that provide some there too. TV classics, typically only have a limited set depending upon how much of the old film was stored and was useable.
And the current series are available in Toronto over digital antenna.
The providers of broadcasting like Rogers, Bell, Shaw and others seem to be narrowing down the selection constantly in the constant drive to reduce costs and keep profits coming to shareholders while increasing service fees to the customer - as many have said, less choice and selection for more money.
We seem to be in an odd place when it comes to broadcast media across the board and I do hope that enough of us who are moving to retirement begin to have more choice on older materials - there are more of us, and many of the baby boomers retiring do have money to spare.
Hopefully a wider range of viewing choice will come - but for me, it has narrowed down with each year that has gone by over the last 5 years.
Very legitimate issue you are raising - now let's hope a provider begins to listen.
And #3 its easy to contact rogers so people tend to call them for anything and everything
But ultimately they are the service provider ...if they are the ones collecting the money for services rendered and product delivered ...how is it not Rogers responsibility to pass on comments etc . ??
Rogers does not control what those channels show unless its Rogers owned channels. Rogers have no control over if the channel broadcaster shows the same episodes or movies over and over.
I do agree that we do complain to Rogers about it but we should shift that to the channel broadcaster which ones the channel let's say.
They may not have control but i find it pretty hard to believe they don't have some pretty substantial influence .
Dont forget. There are other cable iptv and satellite companies besides Rogers cable who carry these channels. Companies such as Bell, Shaw, Cogeco, Telus, East Link and Video Tron and some smaller ones too. Also if I was the owner of the channel I may not want to hear complaints from other broadcasters simple as that. Just because one CAN take a complaint and pass it on does NOT MEAN someone on the other end will care or regognise it. Companies like shaw for example may only recognise complaints from actual paying subscribers. So yes its a great suggestion but does not mean its the proper channel to send the complaint to.
Here is another example. I may have an issue with my next door neighbour and its like me going to my other neighbour to give a complaint he may not care and not bother to pass the measage. If i want my complaint heard. I should go right to the source of the problem aka my neighbour aka the content provider
To clarify a bit about what I was trying to say - I get mixed up when trying to talk about the carrier of video and music media (like Rogers, etc).
When I spoke of the providers of services, I am talking about the creaters and distributers of that media - example - Bell is a distributer of HBO and TMN, but they will have little influence what HBO may create.
So when I was speaking of Bell, Shaw (now Chorus), etc, I am speaking of them as "media providers". Bell Media, and Rogers media and all the others.
To change their mix would mean two possibilities - many people on our side who consume our service from a cable or IPTV or satellite carrier or other methods out there, communicate a desire for a particular type of service.
If there are enough who say it, then maybe they will push to the producers and ask them to consider different media. If they have a market, they may be able to find someone to take it on.
The other way is to contact the providers and let them know our desires for particular services.
The challenge we now have is that most of the media services we consume here in Canada, the producers (networks), are also owned by the carriers, so for me anyway, it becomes very confusing as to who I should be talking to.
Maybe a forum for Rogers media to at least have discussion about Rogers media production. Now the adding or removing of networks and pricing, and bundling mix largely lies with Rogers Cable.
So people look for somewhere to express concerns, try to get a discussion of changes, and sometimes just to rant.
So the suggestions and clarifications above are good ones