Im not here to play politics on who controls who. In the END the government, the people of Canada and the CRTC made this alert system for the ones with children or family members missing and or weather related.
If you are reminded you don't really need cable, then that's ur choice to remove cable and go to whatever method you want. No one forced u to get cable
Again none of u on here have any clue of having a family member missing or a child missing. (most likely) . You guys care more about ur tv viewing to be honest and shows alot.. I understand you want to watch tv but again this is important for others and helps them out. One of my family members had this child missing last year for well over 24hrs. Thankfuly the child was found DUE to someone watching this alert ( on Bell with the same sound and messages) and was found safe. Until many of you understand that fully, u will keep complaining.
Anyways in the end the system is made to find a missing person and or weather related. U agree the sound is a bit much and needs to be changed but I believe they picked that sound due to getting everyone's ttention. As posted above, a reply by Rogers was made on how to disable it.
Sorry but you've missed the point completely on this issue. This isn't caring or not caring about a missing child. This is about practicality versus dealing with an extreme annoyance. Its the difference between getting information out to people vs completely destroying someone's night of TV watching if you should have an older cable box.
When I got this alert on my old 8300 box, it was yet again a sudden air raid warning like wailing before an automated voice and message appeared. Even if that was jarring and annoying, fine a child was missing and I now know about it. The problem is why does this have to go on for about 6-7 HOURS NON-STOP?? Does Rogers think all their customers have memories of a goldfish and therefore need to be reminded of the same info over and over again with no end in sight? After 5 mins I turned the volume lower hoping the message would go away and after 20 mins I turned off the TV and went to my bedroom that fortunately had a newer box that could turn off the alert.
How about instead of making your TV completely unwatchable while the alert is still active, do this instead:
- Have several LIGHT beeps and then have the alert message appear with automated voice.
- Once the message has been read, leave the alert onscreen for a couple of more minutes so people will have time to read it at their own pace
- Have the message DISAPPEAR AND NOT COME BACK. Having an alert on your screen for a few minutes is more than enough time for everyone to read it and its 100% NOT neccesary for it to be repeated again and again.
I think most people would be fine with the above rather than being neverendingly clubbed over the head with a loud alert that refuses to disappear for potentially hours on end if you're unfortunate enough to own an older box.
And all of this doesn't even include the fact that an Amber alert would be 1000x more effective if it was simply broadcast on the radio where people who are driving usually listen to and because they're on the roads they're more likely to spot the suspect or their vehicle than someone sitting on their couch watching TV at 2am in the morning hundreds if not thousands of kilometers away.
You clearly understand the point unlike some people that work for Rogers and think it's a better idea to insult and be rude to the customers that complain about a legitimate issue with the service they're paying for.
If you don't want to be disturbed at night, turn off your cellphone.