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?
In my case, for example, I am renting from TCHC social housing. i have no control over when they choose to rewire and given thier billion dollar backlog of repairs I would say rewiring a house is not on thier list at all. Even if it is no cost. If even one tenant refuses entry the entire project could be put on hold by tchc regardless of what they other tenats want.
As far as upgrading my box. I just bought a new box online for $250.00. I expect to keep it for at least ten years. My tv is still a 720p flat screen that is five years old so 4k and 8k are of no value to me. and given that my eyesight is 20/50 better resolution won't help. In my current situation I only get about half of the channels clearly that I am paying for. Most of them say that channel is not available and to try again later or they are all broken up.I have had rogers techs out her 11 times so far to fix it and they say it is a problem in the neighborhood and referred it to second level service. That was six months ago and it has not improved. So X1 really does not seem to offer much value to me unless it works with my existing box and does not require re-wiring of my unit and the building. Unless you own a house and are not renting I don't see that X1 will be a appealing option.
Well put @Sundog1966. While there are always early adopters who crave to be on the bleeding edge of the latest technology, most of us just want decent TV with no extra expense involved. After the introduction of digital cable, it was years before analog was no longer supported. I expect it will be the same with X1 IPTV.
And there are those like myself, who may want to go to the new technology and even love to beta test, but I just can't afford new technology anymore - so anything that keeps my costs for entertainment down is critical at this time in my life.
For those who can get it when it comes and can afford, do enjoy. Me, I want to use my owned box with basic services for as long as I can get away with it.
And I know I am not alone.
From a source within, they told me that they will roll it out once the big bugs are out of the way and it's fully capable to be working without major issues. Also they advised me that it may be a couple weeks before the actual launch that some customers get their hands on the beta instead. Not months before as per what they knew.
I'll try and get more information as it comes.
I am excited for this product and anxious for a concrete date. But I can completely understand and appreciate Rogers taking their time to works things out after Navigatr. It will been even better for it.
It states the service is available to select Rogers customers. Any idea who those select customers are? I understand select employees have been testing the service for a few months but haven't heard which customers have been selected. Anyone have any information on this subject?
Well, I have been a Rogers Customer since 1978! I guess because I haven't been selected yet, 40 years loyalty has no say in the matter?, LOL
I've been a Rogers customer since cable came to my area, mid-1980s if I recall. I've never been offered any free cutting edge technology for my loyalty, but I did receive one perk In 2009 I got a call from Rogers offering me a free discontinued SD PVR and a digital package at a discount for less than I was then paying. I thought that was pretty good. Of course, by now my cable bill has doubled, getting close to $100.