Well, hopefuly NO ONE has paid for a service call.
Even if the tech cant fine the issue at that time.. the customer shouldnt be charged for it. The only time a customer should be charged, is if the issue is CREATED by the customer... say they put in a CHEAP splitter in the basement to get an extra run done, and that was what was making the poor signal, to have a tech come out to fix, etc.
I know Rogers has not typically chaged for service calls in the past, but with cable prices on the constant rise, it should be changing this philosophy. Bell has done this for years, and obviously still has many many customers - Bell would charge just to have a tech walk in the front door, then comes the charge for the fix!
I think that they should charge customers who tamper with their wiring, or do something to cause a tech to have to come out, if it will somehow possibly cause a rate to not increase. I've also heard from MANY techs who have been sent out to "hook up" a new TV for an old person who doesn't know how to use their system. I think ALOT of customers take advantage of this old way of thinking that there are no charges from Rogers, and they call and ask Rogers techs to do everything! They have third party people (Geek Squad, Connect Pro) who get PAID to do that. Techs should be charging any customer that calls for this type of stuff.
I agree with this in principle. As long as the supporting evidence that it is the customer's fault was solid. Your example of the person not knowing how to hook up a new TV (and by the way there are plenty of young persons who have problems with this as well) should absolutely have a charge. I can see the possibility for abuse though (taking advantage of people for their ignorance on the subject).
I am having the same issue, I tune to 100 screen says, "not authorized, call 1 888". I spent 45 minutes on the phone with a Cable tech yesterday, he could not find the problem. He called 2 other departments at Rogers, and reviewed the situation with his associate. Said there was no holds or any issue he could se. Cable tech rep opened a, "tier 2" ticket.
Today I call back to inquire on the status. Right away the rep says there's an issue with billing, she calls accounts receviable. That gentlemen fixes the issue in minutes. Has no explanation as to why the several rep's I spoke with yesterday couldn't figure this out in 45 minutes. Rogers rep's are very inconsistent. Some are terrible, poorly trained, and will flat out lie to get customers off the phone rather than do their jobs. I have major issues with Rogers service every year. EVERY issue has been on the Rogers side.
It's not the box, no one needs to visit your house. Just keep calling until you get someone that knows what they are talking about. Some times with Rogers you just have to call 3 or 4 times to get someone that is properly trained AND actually cares about doing things right.
The display/picture turns black and white? Thats a new one.. never heard that one in particular.
Now, that you have replaced the box.. that iliminates that in general.
What type of connection are you usign into the TV? And this does not happen with regular TV watching?
One thing worth trying, as some others have had luck in general with RoD issues.. is have them remove your TV from your plan and add it back on, seems to kick start some things (mostly not authorized messages)
I can access to Rogers On Demand on channel 100, however, channel 300 it was replaced with Shomi in 2014. Then I can select one of the video-on-demand services, some were even have "Not Authorized - To order FJROD service on channel 217, please call (888)764-3771.", this happens on some unsubscribed channels.