I'm starting this thread to give us a place where changes to the Ignite TV channel lineups can be announced and discussed.
Rogers already has pages that show Free Previews and New Channels but I have not been able to find any pages that list planned/upcoming changes to the default channel lineups for Ignite TV Packages, Theme Packs or the Flex Channels that we can choose from.
For example, my latest bill contains a note informing me that Fox Sports Racing will no longer be part of my package effective June 14, 2020 but will still be available to subscribers as part of the Adventure Theme Pack. However, it still shows as an included Flex Channel in Premier and an optional Flex Channel in Popular.
@CommunityHelps Are you aware of any other upcoming changes that you can share here so that we can also plan accordingly? Thanks!
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Good evening @-G-,
Thanks for your post! This thread is a wonderful idea. Although we may not get notified a long time ahead, we always to keep you in the loop when it comes to changes to our TV content.
In the past, we thought Fox Racing may have been completely removed from our channel lineups. However, prior to January 1, 2020, we reached an agreement with the broadcaster for us to continue offering the channel to customers.
How will this impact your package?
You know that we occasionally make changes to the channel lineup in our packages. Fox Sports Racing continues to be an option either a standalone channel for $7/mo. or by adding the Adventure Theme Pack for $10/mo.
Hope this helps!
@RogersMaude Thanks very much for confirming the status of Fox Sports Racing. Are you aware of any other imminent changes to Ignite TV programming?
@danno100 In some ways this change does not make much sense. Individual pricing for the Fox Sports Racing channel remains the same. I also don't think that Rogers is trying to "rip off" their customers with this change either. The ones that will get hurt the most is Fox Sports because their number of active (Rogers) subscribers will plummet, and so will their revenues. (They get paid based on how many people (most of whom got forced to?) subscribe to their channel as part of their packages.)
Rogers also needs to deliver value to their customers or they will lose subscribers. Premier customers have been paying a premium price lately for less-than-premium value. They have been paying for channels that others have received as part of an extended free preview, sports channels that are not broadcasting any worthwhile content, and the rest is either reruns, breaking news, or whatever else that show runners can cobble together from footage shot in people's living rooms and basements. Customers will now be scrutinizing the value proposition of the current programming packages more than ever. I sincerely hope that some more-compelling offerings are in the works.
Well done!! I won't pay to go the adventure pack or pay$7 just for that channel. I found other ways to watch it...They will substitute a flex channel in it's place..what a joke..what BABY TV or or another spiritual channel????They should be lowering the price on the premier pack as FOX sports 1 was the main reason for getting this pack...Rogers just seems to be getting charged more for it from Fox, so they are just passing it on to subs.....
Thank you both very much for the feedback! We'll forward it to the appropriate party for review. 🙂
I completely understand your concern @-G-, that's why I reviewed potential changes happening to TV services in the near future. I also took the time to go through every customer communications that we sent out or that appeared on invoices since the beginning of the year. At this time, I have nothing further to report.
I'll try to remember to post it here, as soon as a new one is brought to our attention. Thanks again so much for taking the initiative on this!
Would REALLY help if Rogers had a sortable, downloadable spreadsheet of the channels by NAME. Having the channels listed by number is not helpful so I've had to create my own spreadsheet and maintain it. Rogers should actually be doing this, not the customer. Thanks!
When was it announced that FOX Sports Racing was to be removed? I didnt get any notification at all.
Also, what is happening with CNBC, Golf and MSNBC? Are these being removed as well? Please let me know.
The only notification that I received, that I am aware of, was on my "paper bill" ...or rather, the PDF equivalent. If you are somebody who sees the same monthly charge as last month, and then simply pays the bill without looking at it, you can miss out on announcements that might be of concern or to you. My last bill stated the following:
FOX SPORTS RACING TV CHANNEL UPDATE:
We previously told you that Fox Sports Racing will no longer be part of your TV package effective January 1, 2020. You will continue to have access until June 14, 2020. Starting June 15, 2020, you can still get Fox Sports Racing if you choose to subscribe to it as a standalone option or as part of the Adventure Theme Pack. If Fox Sports racing is one of your Flex channels, go to rogers.com/myrogers and choose a replacement, or we'll select one for you. You can swap Flex channels every 30 days. The rest of your Rogers TV package will remain the same. If you would like to respond to this notice, have questions, or wish to cancel or make changes to your TV service, check out the Contact Us section of this bill.
I started this thread because I could not find any existing page where Rogers announced channel removals, or any other related changes to channel lineups, flex channels or theme packs.