Last year Rogers announced that it will be using the American IPTV platform X1. Does this affect any of the current cable television customers? Will current customers automatically be updated to this new platform or will this be in addition to the current cable service?
WOW WOW WOW.... Yeah that is ridiculous...
Like Bell's top "Best" bundle package is currently on promotion for $139.85/month for 2 years...
Current regular price is $193.85/month
but their Internet is only up to 50 Mbps Download. So difficult to compare.
Can see people moving over to Bell...
and why would Rogers not put it on Promo ?
Like with all the issues we suffered with Nextbox and Navigatr, you would think they would be offering deep discounts...
Yes, very true... looks like they will be losing more cable customers in the near future..
Yes, very true.. we are still living with the awful Navigatr and the glitchy noisy NB3 with constant updates every night...
That's interesting, as I believe others on this forum have said that they believed Rogers wouldn't be pushing us onto the new system for a few years....
Its pretty sad as I've been with Rogers for as long as I can remember and before that Maclean Hunter cable (before Rogers bought them out in the early 1990s). Since Navigatr was introduced I've been patiently waiting to switch to this new IPTV... Never wanted Satellite, and then Bell Fibe kept offering me deals but I never switched... Now I don't know what to do.....
Yes will be interesting to see what happens...
Maybe they are trying to make up the money they lost when they scrapped their in-house IPTV 😉
To be honest it looks like they are more focused on their Wireless Division...
"More than half of total revenue for Rogers was from the wireless division, which was up nine per cent to $2.19 billion"
and their Cable growth was only like 2% at the end of last year.
@Hybrid_Noodle — I see what you mean now. Sorry I opened that can of worms.
Yes, the prices are high now. This is no doubt by design and meant to get a handful of early adopters. Rogers doesn't *want* everyone rushing onto the new platform all at once. It isn't even listed on their website yet, unless you know where to look. Eventually they'll make a push to get everyone else at which point you'll see the usual promotional 2-year discounts etc. The other thing that makes it so expensive is requiring at least the 500u Internet package.
Full-price anything with Rogers is expensive these days though unless you're grandfathered into an old plan. Now that our promotional period is over we're paying $175 a month for the Popular Cable Package + 4k cable box + 100u Internet, which is nuts.
Answers to some questions in the last few pages.
1. The TV boxes will be WiFi. If there are issues (dead zones, etc) Rogers will fix it so it works. It may be using MESH. Each box will have access to "cloud" recordings. No need to call it WHPVR, because it's more than that since you can also access Netflix, YouTube and who knows what in the future.
2. The Home Phone that was mentioned to me is the deluxe package that has 6-7 options, including things like home & away voicemail, call display, etc.
3. Rogers will also provide (at this time) a concierge number for Ignite TV customers, not regular channels.
Would there be any concern about having say 4-5 boxes all streaming on the same wifi network? Would there not be some degradation if it uses the same band as your normal devices?
I'm sorry, I'm not an expert on the topic of WiFi. There are people on this forum who are. However, similar stuff works over on Bell and I suspect the issue has been tested by Roger. That is one of the reasons they're only offering the high end Internet.
I am actually really interested in getting this. The navigatr thing even with its latest improvements leaves a lot to be desired.. So that Ignite modem that would have to replace my current Hitron Rogers modem which runs in bridge mode, scares me a bit. The routers Rogers has used over years have always been sub-par compared to a pro router such as Ubnt/Mikrotik/Meraki. I use dedicated router and a network of hardwired access points to provide sufficient coverage throughout the entire house and my setup works really nice - access points handle seamless wifi client roaming for devices moving around the house or for load balancing purposes. I guess it won't be an issue to continue using my wifi network the way it is configured now, but will I be able to connect the streaming box(es) to my wifi, or, like Bell, I will be forced to use whatever Wifi their router/modem creates. That's just creating unnecessary wifi interference and will no way work better then the setup I currently have.
Also - will I have to lose my router too, or there is way to pass the public IP to the device behind the new Ignite router?
Can anyone confirm if the entire setup can work of standard Ethernet connections without relying on any wireless connection?
@ivanpetrov from what I understand so far, the modem will run in Bridge mode without issue, as you do now. So, if you happen to have a Hitron CODA-4582 modem (Intel Puma 7 chipset) or other modem (Intel Puma 6), swap out your current modem for yet another Intel Puma 7 modem, in this case the Arris XB6 (Intel Puma 7 modem).
The X1 will run via 2.4 or 5 Ghz wifi or ethernet. So, in theory, as long as you don't let the tech lead you astray, swap out the modem and connect the X1 to your ethernet network and carry on....