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Digital cable box not supported?

Kmmotyl
I've been here awhile

Our tv keeps giving us a random message that channels are not available and to try again later. I called Rogers and the tech told me that the box is faulty and they will not replace it, I have to switch to Ignite. I have had three technicians (Rogers) tell me that the internet is not stable enough to run Ignite. So what do I do? I was pretty shocked at how briskly this all was relayed and it seems illogical to me. Anyone have any solutions? Thank you!

 

 

 

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Re: Digital cable box not supported?

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@Kmmotyl wrote:

1. Our tv keeps giving us a random message that channels are not available and to try again later.

2. I have had three technicians (Rogers) tell me that the internet is not stable enough to run Ignite.


1. This almost always indicates that you have a poor signal in your area or at your home.  Usually this is caused by the return signal from your box not getting back to the node or head end.  If you can, temporarily move your box as close to the demarcation point in your home as possible and remove any upstream splitters or connectors as a test.  Rogers can check the signal from their end, but it sounds like the technicans have already determined that.   You can also test your signal strength using the following FAQ:

 

https://www.digitalhome.ca/threads/57-faq-tips-for-sa-cisco-stbs-also-pace.17719/#post-134376

 

2. Yes, you need to get this sorted before switching to Ignite.

3. Legacy Digital Cable is rumoured to end at the end of 2023, so Rogers is basically doing no troubleshooting on the legacy service, although if they want you as an Ignite customer, they need to sort out the signal issues you are having.  I suggest you PM the mods on this forum to get this sorted. I have found them most helpful. See the information below regarding PM.

 

When logged into the forum, click on @CommunityHelps  .  On the page that comes up, you'll see a link on the top right of the screen to "send a message".  If you're using a tablet or phone, you may need to switch your browser to the desktop version. How to do that will depend on the device but a web search should find it.  There may be some back and forth required while Rogers get your personal information to look into your account.  Personal information is not allowed in this forum.  

 

When logged into the forum, check the envelope icon at the top right of the screen for messages.  You would usually also receive an e-mail, but it may have ended up in your spam folder...

Re: Digital cable box not supported?

FredGarvin
I plan to stick around

Similar problem here last night up in the Stouffville area.

Watching CTV  (Ch 9) news around 23:30 and my screen goes blank.

channel down to City (Ch 7) and it is working, one more down to CBC (Ch 6) and it's not working.

Pretty much the reverse of what has happened four to five times where all of the 400 MHz channels disappear and say not available. This time it was all of the under 400 MHz channels.

Here is the kicker, I checked the diagnostic screen on my 9865PVR  and channels 6 and 8 both had lots of signal strength but poor signal to noise. The screen was blank but the diagnostic pages worked.

Same thing on one of my NextBoxes.

As RE57 said, good luck with tech support.

I went through two level 1's and a level 2 tech who told me that they don't have the diagnostic tools anymore to support the legacy cable. (fourth call into tech support in 6 weeks for the some channels only problem)

Unfortunately in wanting to see Colbert's return to TV last night at 23:20 I followed the first tech's advice to reboot the set top. It promptly came back at -01- and hung there, hence the second and third calls.

This morning the 9865 had returned to normal.

I know that eventually I have to give up my onscreen call display and go with Ignite but after reading so many problems with home phone and email being transferred in posts here this morning, I'm leaning more to a new provider.

Although I am locked in with Rogers cable for the backbone as Bell doesn't offer Fibe in  my area.

They say they can offer me satellite TV (seriously, in this day and age).

There are cable based alternatives out there and you don't have rent the terminals, you can buy your own.

 

Re: Digital cable box not supported?

Kmmotyl
I've been here awhile
Thank you to both of you. I guess I have to call Bell. Much appreciated!

Re: Digital cable box not supported?

torontogal4603
I'm here a lot

Rogers is playing around with the digital boxes so that people move over (I do have technicians who while fixing the system box in the neighbourhood agreeing with this). I have two boxes, one owned and one not. I can have the black screen with the message on one box while able to get the show on the second box. I have complained to the CRTC's independent complaint office and it was taken seriously where it went all the way to the VP. I will be putting in a second complaint next month. The more people complain about being forced to get rid of their digital boxes and with examples of how Rogers is controlling the boxes, the greater the likelihood of a proper investigation into their methods. If  push comes to shove I will certainly be leaving Rogers after 40 years with them!  

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I sympathize with you but it is also WAY past time that Rogers sunsets the Digital TV service and forces all of the obsolete legacy devices from their network.

Re: Digital cable box not supported?

mebe
I'm a trusted contributor
Whenever I post about a digital channel problem in the Rogers forums, it eventually gets fixed.

My Nextbox 9865 4K PVR refuses to die, but I assume that September to December will be when Rogers turns up the heat. Burn, baby burn.

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And when the internet is down, I still get my television with the channels that aren't available in the new packages! On many F/B neighbourhood groups people ask regularly if others are having the same problem. This happens with a lot more than people realize....When you have more than two/three technicians agreeing with you that there are way less problems with the old digital way and they would rather have it then I know I am not off base.... 

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.....Or whenever a call is made to Rogers technical service all of a sudden it is fine. When I put in the formal complaint through the CRTC complaint program my box stopped doing the very thing I put the complaint in for (happened with regular frequency). I also got a technician to come and look at it. 

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@torontogal4603 wrote:

And when the internet is down, I still get my television with the channels that aren't available in the new packages! On many F/B neighbourhood groups people ask regularly if others are having the same problem. This happens with a lot more than people realize....When you have more than two/three technicians agreeing with you that there are way less problems with the old digital way and they would rather have it then I know I am not off base.... 


Okay, but Rogers is also in the process of migrating their cable plants to a Distributed Access Architecture.  If implemented properly, it should improve reliability and simplify the transition to next-generation services.  However, if an R-PHY node goes down, the downside is that it is likely to impact ALL services in the area, not just Internet.

 

I have not seen any mention of this on official channels but, apparently, some Rogers customers have been told that even newer cable boxes will no longer be supported by the end of August.

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