Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Downtown Toronto • Toshiba 52XL177 • HD DVD Toshiba • Rogers HDPVR Cisco 8642
... and I've also seen the Shaw version of On Demand on a recent trip west (and got a chance to play with Telus TV).
What Rogers is doing is radically different than where Shaw is today.
There are over 3000 assets on On Demand, many on Channel 100.
But there are 16 or so dedicated services, some free with VIP, some charged as a separate channel.
Paid SVOD Examples: Howard Stern, WWE/24, Anime Network, here! TV
"Free" SVOD tied to paid channels: TMN, MPix, HBO series, Playboy
"Free" SVOD tied to VOD: Food Network, HGTV, National Geographic
Free to all Digital customers: MTV, Treehouse, NFL Network, OMNI Plus
Plus 24-hr window access on a paid basis to individual titles: Movies and HD Movies, Bollywood Oye!, TVB Chinese Series On Demand
... and I've probably missed some along the line.
No other Canadian cableco has anything as broad as this; and only select sub-systems of US cablecos provide something similiar. Comcast is a great example of where we are headed with more content, more episodic TV and even more free content including a robust offering of movies.