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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 2014-01-11, 02:12 PM
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I think it will be available for streaming across Canada, maybe Rogers customers will get a slightly better deal. Just speculating.
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They are going to go some to beat Netflix. Hulu, etc, especially with both producing their own content. Netflix is pushing more and more of their own content, most of which is excellent.
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If it's going to be like Hulu+, I wonder how much content Rogers will get. It's no secret that Bell/CTV own the bulk of US TV programming rights for Canada and they have their own streaming option. Now that Bell owns TMN, that aspect looks even worse. The CRTC makes BDUs play nice with rights for other BDU services but I don't see Bell cooperating with Rogers for an OTT service. If this was to be a joint venture between Roger, Bell, Shaw and Cogeco, then I could see it being a Hulu+-like service. If Rogers does it alone, it's just going to cause more market fragmentation and become yet another third rate Canadian broadcasting service.
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Rogers does own a lot of movie content which it licenses from all the major studios for it's ROD service. Some of the content that Bell licenses may not be exclusive to them. We'll see. I'm sure their is a multitude of other programming that is available that hasn't been licensed for Canada by any company.
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If Rogers is paying lots of money for exclusive rights, that cuts down on the amount of content they'll end up getting.

Their competition is Hulu Plus with a Unblock-Us sub (so, $13/month), which brings quite a bit of content to the table.
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As telecom giant Rogers reportedly prepares to launch its own competitor to Netflix, a prominent tech expert is warning such moves may lead to a “two-tier” internet, where some content is favoured over others.

Case in point: Bell Mobility is the target of a consumer complaint over its Bell Mobile TV service for wireless customers, which it exempts from its regular data charges.

Bell customers can subscribe to the service and receive 5 gigabytes’-worth of streaming video for $5. But — as consumer activist Ben Klass notes in his complaint to the CRTC — if a Bell Mobility customer downloaded that much video from Netflix, it would cost them $40, effectively an 800-per-cent markup over its own content.

It’s not known yet whether Rogers will favour its planned Netflix competitor with lower data charges than it charges for Netflix and other content. The company has not officially confirmed plans for the streaming video service.
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Cell-phone network bandwidth is rather limited, even with LTE. I suspect that Bell won't be able to support that many customers watching their Netflix clone and giving them free bandwidth for it.

Also, if Rogers decides to have really low bandwidth caps (and high overage fees) such that this would become an issue, and then exempt their Hulu-clone from the bandwidth fees, I suspect that it would only highlight what a crappy deal people are getting from Rogers as a ISP.

This provides a opportunity for the competition.
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The bandwidth is the elephant in the room, for both land based and wireless services. TV services like IPTV and VOD use many times the bandwidth of the average ISP user, yet these companies argue that services like Netflix will cripple their network if data use is not capped and overage charged at punitive rates. We now see that they simply want to eliminate competition to their own broadcast services. I'm surprised that the CRTC has not decided to address this issue in some way. The current system probably violates laws regarding anti-trust and/or anti-competition practices. At the very least, it violates the CRTC's policy of providing equal access to infrastructure for competitors and an open internet.
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The bandwidth is the elephant in the room, for both land based and wireless services. TV services like IPTV and VOD use many times the bandwidth of the average ISP user, yet these companies argue that services like Netflix will cripple their network if data use is not capped and overage charged at punitive rates. We now see that they simply want to eliminate competition to their own broadcast services.
But we seem to be moving away from low data caps and towards higher caps and/or unlimited service at a premium of $10.month or so. Over the last few years Rogers' Ultimate service has seen its cap go from 200GB to 250GB to 1TB. And if you have enough services with Rogers you can get unlimited for $10/month - two or three years ago you had very few options if you were a high bandwidth user.

Sure not everyone wants to pay $130/month for internet but if you get rid of cable it may not cost you any more.
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I just don't see Rogers making this competitive like the Hulu Plus. I know I would cut my cable. They would lose the cable, pvr rental, and HD box rentals. I just don't see the CEO and other exec's at Rogers thinking about the future. I think they will just see the immediate bottom line, rather than becoming the national provider for OTT services, open to anyone, anywhere in Canada, with a internet connection.

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