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MSNBC - HD?

User1410762
I Plan to Stick Around

Any ETA when this station will be offered in HD?  2016?  2017?  2020?  2030?  

 

Actually as it is the most used station, definitely a factor switching our service to a competitor.

 

Merci

 

 

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User1410762
I Plan to Stick Around

My first HDTV purchase was Aug/13 and that was when I asked Rogers when MSNBC would be HDTV and I got the same answer.  That and a number of other stations are not HD.  

  +1 Fibe TV - I don't know if they have more HD channels in total (including fringe) than Rogers, but for the ones as a VIP I get with Rogers, 100% they have more HD channels.

 

Plus the added bonus is a horrific channel line-up.  Back in the old days (I will be nice) our original provider Classicom in Richman's Hill followed by Shaw followed by Rog all randomly decided to change the channel lineup on the old analogue menu.  Now with digital that has happened ONCE in over a decade.   500 series is a royal MESS.  300 series is a mix of SD and HD (I think Showcase?)

 +2 Fibe TV - they have a lovely setup - SD channels below 1000 and the HD equivalent "1 + same SD channel#" (e.g. 333=SD; 1333=HD version).  

(PSST - You mean a firmware update CANNOT help exceed 3 digit channels with Rogers?  Gosh.)

 

Plus the new Nextbox guide.  My wife uses the Nextbox PVR exclusively and I am hearing nothing but complaints - then I go to use the LISTING and it doesn't even offer page up/page down - how lame.  

-1 Rogers  (BONUS: -2 Cisco for trying to emulate Netflix - you can't cuz it isn't)

 

Rogers VIP users don't get the US West Coast Network feeds included - have to pay.  Ridiculous.

-1 Rogers

 

The one thing that is a positive (see I am nice!) with the Nextbox is the 8 tuners.  Most probably don't get it - "when would I ever record 8 shows at once?" - but that isn't the point.  Some stations bleed - either before or after the time.  If you set the time +5m that locks the tuner.  Fibe only offers 3HD and 1SD tuner.  If you are using all 4 tuners, and you bleed, you won't get that extra 5m since all tuners will be used up.  The extra tuners elminates the worry of running out.  Simple as that.

+¼ Rogers

 

At any rate, it is what it is.  Will have to see what March 1st will bring - maybe that is the time I switch providers with Bell and Rogers roll out the new plans.  I wish Fibe wasn't tied to having their internet - I prefer choice - and that equals Rogers Cable being the only Rogers service I have.  Hoping for my IPTV.  

 

Tired of suggesting and surveying and smiling.  Rogers should have had MSNBC in HD along with the other 5 or so stations years ago - ZERO QUESTIONS ASKED.  Little things like that are what make me want to leave you.

 

(PS: I am not a cheap skate either - Rogers makes $140+tax a month off me with the packages/terminals and I only watch Judge Judy at dinner ... but trust me - no MSNBC HD - which my wife watches exclusively - that $140 is smoldering in my pocket).

 

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Re: MSNBC - HD?

RogersZia
Moderator
Moderator

Hi @User1410762

 

Welcome to the Community!

 

At this time we have no updates on when MSNBC would be available in HD on our network. However you're more than welcome to share your suggestions here.

 

Thank you,

 

RogersZia

Re: MSNBC - HD?

OLDYELLR
I'm a Senior Advisor

Question:

 

As a result of going digital, there is a lot more bandwith now available. What is the reason for more channels not being available in HD?

 

Does it cost Rogers more for an HD feed as opposed to SD?

 

Are some channels simply too poor to afford HD (like my local Rogers channel)?


Rogers PayGo. Location: S-W Ontario

Re: MSNBC - HD?

User1410762
I Plan to Stick Around

My first HDTV purchase was Aug/13 and that was when I asked Rogers when MSNBC would be HDTV and I got the same answer.  That and a number of other stations are not HD.  

  +1 Fibe TV - I don't know if they have more HD channels in total (including fringe) than Rogers, but for the ones as a VIP I get with Rogers, 100% they have more HD channels.

 

Plus the added bonus is a horrific channel line-up.  Back in the old days (I will be nice) our original provider Classicom in Richman's Hill followed by Shaw followed by Rog all randomly decided to change the channel lineup on the old analogue menu.  Now with digital that has happened ONCE in over a decade.   500 series is a royal MESS.  300 series is a mix of SD and HD (I think Showcase?)

 +2 Fibe TV - they have a lovely setup - SD channels below 1000 and the HD equivalent "1 + same SD channel#" (e.g. 333=SD; 1333=HD version).  

(PSST - You mean a firmware update CANNOT help exceed 3 digit channels with Rogers?  Gosh.)

 

Plus the new Nextbox guide.  My wife uses the Nextbox PVR exclusively and I am hearing nothing but complaints - then I go to use the LISTING and it doesn't even offer page up/page down - how lame.  

-1 Rogers  (BONUS: -2 Cisco for trying to emulate Netflix - you can't cuz it isn't)

 

Rogers VIP users don't get the US West Coast Network feeds included - have to pay.  Ridiculous.

-1 Rogers

 

The one thing that is a positive (see I am nice!) with the Nextbox is the 8 tuners.  Most probably don't get it - "when would I ever record 8 shows at once?" - but that isn't the point.  Some stations bleed - either before or after the time.  If you set the time +5m that locks the tuner.  Fibe only offers 3HD and 1SD tuner.  If you are using all 4 tuners, and you bleed, you won't get that extra 5m since all tuners will be used up.  The extra tuners elminates the worry of running out.  Simple as that.

+¼ Rogers

 

At any rate, it is what it is.  Will have to see what March 1st will bring - maybe that is the time I switch providers with Bell and Rogers roll out the new plans.  I wish Fibe wasn't tied to having their internet - I prefer choice - and that equals Rogers Cable being the only Rogers service I have.  Hoping for my IPTV.  

 

Tired of suggesting and surveying and smiling.  Rogers should have had MSNBC in HD along with the other 5 or so stations years ago - ZERO QUESTIONS ASKED.  Little things like that are what make me want to leave you.

 

(PS: I am not a cheap skate either - Rogers makes $140+tax a month off me with the packages/terminals and I only watch Judge Judy at dinner ... but trust me - no MSNBC HD - which my wife watches exclusively - that $140 is smoldering in my pocket).

 

Re: MSNBC - HD?

KangaDan
I've Been Here Awhile

I just added Rogers to our new home, and Im considering switching back to Bell coz MSNBC is in lame SD

Re: MSNBC - HD?

lar2d2
I Plan to Stick Around

Since it seems this topic hasn't been visited in some time, I'd like to ask the same question again.  

 

Is there any timeframe yet for when MSNBC will be offered in HD?  If not, is there any reason it can't or shouldn't be?  Since it's already being offered by Rogers in SD, and since the HD version is available from other sources, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense that Rogers wouldn't want upgrade too.

Re: MSNBC - HD?

Welcome to the Rogers Community Forums @lar2d2,

 

I definitely prefer HD too. As of now we have no update on if/when MSNBC would be available in HD on the Rogers Network. We will definitely update the Community if there is an announcement in the future :). Please stay tuned.

 

 

 

RogersZia

Re: MSNBC - HD?

User1410762
I Plan to Stick Around

Rogers just wants you to disregard channels like this and upgrade / subscribe to 4K TV.  

 

Wife constantly complaining about the 3AM updates (was 2AM) and the occasional forced reboot hiccups of the NextBox.  Still considering to switch to Fibe - the only concern is that I am not watching TV like I used to and it is a bit more money. Wondering if the Coneheads in Ottawa will do anything about "a la carte" pricing like preventing cable companies from bundling HBO with that other non sense.

 

Imagine two channels that are on 80% of the time - HBO (HD) and MSNBC (SD).  Good old Rogers.

Re: MSNBC - HD?

lar2d2
I Plan to Stick Around

Thanks.  I appreciate your taking the time to say hello and responding to my question.  

 

I was hoping that since it's been well over a year since this was originally brought up that there'd be a little more information available by now.  I appreciate that you might not have anything additional at this time, but it would be good if you could pose the question to someone at Rogers who might be able to shed some light on it.

Re: MSNBC - HD?

KangaDan
I've Been Here Awhile
I too am considering going back to bell. The Next boxes are noisy, and they take forever to reboot. I have a $K receiver, but it still only show MSNBC in SD

Re: MSNBC - HD?

User1410762
I Plan to Stick Around

@lar2d2

 

Who are you asking to ask Rogers?  

 

I went through a round of Twitter discussions with them. Their answer to what they will do about MSNBC not being HD?  I can save $X dollars if I "sign a contract" for 2 years.  That is the answer. And yes it would be true if I did that and in December I save even more when both my Nextboxes which are RTO become mine.  Then again, I was working 20 years ago at "the best place" and had amazing benefits including RSP matching. I just walked away and went on my own and never looked back.

 

I need to re-eval and consider that with Rogers. Again my dilemma is - this isn't the late 90s or mid 2000s. So much more is available on the internet - not just watch movies and TV on Netflix but watching Youtube subscriptions daily. The leap to Bell helps with MSNBC HD but added cost is a concern. Besides I don't think Bell as a company is any different than Rogers (which is why my cell is with Telus) so going there is not the holy grail.  Bell offers RTO but not 3 years --- a whopping 5! Outrageous.

 

Rogers just doesn't want to improve their offerings.  Sad. 

Re: MSNBC - HD?

KangaDan
I've Been Here Awhile

How can Rogers say they have a great cable service, when the number 1 cable channel today is MSNBC and they only offer it in SD?

 

I just do not get it???

 

 

Re: MSNBC - HD?

Sailorman
I Plan to Stick Around

@KangaDan wrote:

How can Rogers say they have a great cable service, when the number 1 cable channel today is MSNBC and they only offer it in SD?

 

I just do not get it???

 

 


Any updates on this .. Not a bad idea for a business to provide what customers are asking for ????

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I for one am also a fan of watching MSNBC.  I wish they would offer it in HD as well.   I believe there is a way to request certain channels within Rogers Cable and if the demand is high for a certain channel it will eventually be added, but the problem I think is that most of the time the reps are just saying "its not available" and NOT putting in the recommendation to the head office for future consideration and because of that, when they do the reports for future channel considerations, the numbers of such channels are probably quite lower than expected so they don't bother to launch it because they feel its low demand, but truly its higher demand but they only go by what it shows on the reports.



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lar2d2
I Plan to Stick Around

I think you may well be right, but whatever the case is, I don't think Rogers does itself any favours by letting a question like this hang out there for a year and a half without some kind of reasonable answer.  I don't believe it should be all that difficult to offer us some general information about something this basic.  Yes we have plans or no, there's not enough interest or something that at least feels informative, and suggests they have some interest in what we say.   Their lack of responsiveness on such a straight-forward issue makes me wonder why they bother setting up a forum at all.

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Resident Expert
Resident Expert

@lar2d2

 

1. Remember that this is firstly a peer-to-peer forum, where we help each other.

 

2. Sometimes a Rogers rep will provide an answer if there is a firm and easy answer.

 

3. In cases like channels, there is usually no feedback until there is a formal announcement or concrete answer due to competitive reasons and negotiations with the broadcaster.  i.e. you won't get an answer until the deal is complete.



Re: MSNBC - HD?

User1410762
I Plan to Stick Around

Happy New Year!

 

Another year another start to a year without MSNBC in HD. I had to laugh earlier - "WHAT IS THIS? APTN has HD? - The Aboriginal Channel is HD - watched by hundreds and yet MSNBC watched by billions still is SD? What is the world coming to?"  

 

 

And all the best in 2018!

Re: MSNBC - HD?

57
Resident Expert
Resident Expert

Apparently, one of the better ways to contact Rogers regarding channel suggestions is to use the "Share a Concern" form.  You may wish to give that a try.  No promises, obviously.

 

https://www.rogers.com/consumer/contactus/share-a-concern



Re: MSNBC - HD?

lar2d2
I Plan to Stick Around

Thanks for the tip.  I took your suggestion and posted my question there.  If I get any response I'll be happy to post it here too.

Re: MSNBC - HD?

User1410762
I Plan to Stick Around

Ditto.

 

Best network in the US - report after report.

 

What I want for Christmas? That Rogers' HD offerings match Bell Fibe. Period. Not asking for extra stations - just equal HD to HD offerings.

 

Re: MSNBC - HD?

Sailorman
I Plan to Stick Around

Has anyone heard anything more about Rogers adding MSNBC HD.  

 

Seems strange given how popular it is that this still hasn't been added.  I sent a note to the Management Office and got a discouraging reply. Basically they had nothing to say other than they track how many people ask for new channels.  No indication if this is even in the works. Suggest anyone who is interested to ask.  

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