What’s going on with this Rogers?
Why is anyplace tv available on iPhone but not Apple TV? Seriously, What’s the hold up???
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I don't know the answer, but it has been asked. It most likely lies in licensing for casting, which is why you can't put the android tv version on android tv and related smart tvs and have it work.
You can install the app, but the ability to cast from the android platform, from phone and boxes has been disabled.
They probably don't have the broadcasting rights, that do cost money, in place.
It is possible, Comcast in the states uses Roku rather than Apple TV at this time in the case of Ignite, Other carriers have different broadcasting rights in place.
Basically, my understanding is it lies in licensing and broadcast rights, and the big question is one that Rogers makes based upon whether they feel that the cost of licensing can be recovered by users. It is similiar to why we can't manage our PVR - licensing related to Comcast, and why there are differences in what can be seen from Anyplace TV in our home, connected to Rogers network, versus the reduced channel options when off the Rogers Internet at our home. You will find the same variability across all the companies.
Keep asking and making suggestions (maybe the suggestion section of the blog is a good spot) and maybe Rogers will move that direction. But for now, it is reported the last I heard that there are no known plans in the works at this time for what you have asked about.
Welcome to the Community. Great question.
This question has been asked and answered many times on this forum. As mentioned by @BS above, it's not always a simple technical matter, but sometimes a licensing or other commercial issue. Here's my response from a previous thread and it still applies:
Although it is possible that Rogers will release this at some time in the future, it is not currently available and you will likely get no advance notice. Same for Android and all the other options. Any advance notice would likely be very short from an "insider leak".
Here's a helpful post regarding "casting" and other methods...
I guess it comes down to the
"A person watching it" vs "A group of people watching it" in terms to the licensing.
With a tablet, with casting disabled, generally ONE person will be watching it, on the one device, but can do it wherever they are.
In the case of the apple TV, its too easy to say give a friend, who doesnt pay for rogers, your login to log in there on it, and their family can watch stuff on the TV. THEY havent paid for the license to watch it, etc.
Yes, other people (friends, etc) can come to your house to watch it, who havent paid. But the license then does cover that, for that type of viewing, etc, in your house.
My guess is Rogers wants you to rent a cable box.
If Rogers provided Anyplace TV app or Ignite TV for Apple TV, then customers wouldn’t need a cable box. So that means Rogers will lose out on those rental fees.
Over the last few years, Rogers have made the following changes that would seem to show they want to hold onto those rental fees.
1. Discontinue option to purchase box outright.
2. Discontinue “Rent to own” option
3. Restrict availability of their Anyplace TV and Ignite TV on certain platforms that can be used on a TV
Bell on other hand still provides all the options above and appear to be using it to differentiate their service from Rogers. Choose the one that makes sense for you.
The allure of AppleTV to customers is to minimize device boxes on the tv stand, one stop shopping.
To Rogers, a cash and control forcing you to rent a box.
I don’t think sharing the service with people at another location needs be a worry, Rogers you could code the customer account on Apple TV app with house network similar how the current box authenticates on your network.
Charge a reduced rental free to cover licensing on each Apple TV if that’s a factor.