not sure where to post this ...... seem like this is a logical location.
I am a Rogers customer with access to TMN and Rogers on Demand but.....
With the closure of Blockbuster and Rogers on Demand does not have my titles availible; where does one go to view say:
Thor and Captain America?
I dont care to buy them. It seems there is a large hole to fill for Canadian streaming.
No it does not... ROD does require a digital cable, but the expensive is only optional, there is such a thing as Digital cable for a low cost too. I have low cost digital cable, i bought a cheap STB for $40, thats = low cost. netflicks = purchase of a video game console or other device, which is $200+ range, and a good quality internet connection too, which isnt cheap, plus the more frequent you watch on netflicks, you have to pay attention to your bandwidth otherwise it will go over, last i checked, that was not the case with ROD. now lets get back on topic here.
Digital basic is $37.48 a month assuming you have your own terminal. Also Assuming you could get a STB for $40, it only gives you SD quality. To BUY a Rogers HD STB that would set you back $320 and offers no other features then the ability to use your Rogers cable subscription. An Apple TV is less than 200 dollars and offers 1080p video and game consoles are in the $200 range but offer far more features then the ability to simply stream movies. A good quality internet connection can be had for about $50 a month and that price can net you something with unlimited bandwidth. For someone who is satisfied with Netflix offerings, the cost of a good internet connection plus a netflix subscription offers much better value then basic cable and paying for each individual movie.
My experience with existing Canadian on-demand services is that prices are too high and and selection is pitiful. If a little 1998 startup like Netflix US can offer 12,000 titles for $8 per month, Rogers could do better. It's not as if Rogers doesn't have the technology and infrastructure. They just don't want to do it because their existing business model generates such huge profits.
where does one go to view say: Thor and Captain America?
Rogers should offer it's own Netflix like service with decent titles, and unlimited streaming that doesn't count against your bandwidth cap. If the content was good, that would lure Netflix customers over to Rogers. I can't believe they are not doing this. Yes I know about ROD online but that service doesn't cut it.
I totally disagree with this. Having the ISP give preferential treatment to their own services would be a totally unfair competitive practice. ISP should only provide their service and be totally neutral/indiscriminate on what travels through their network.