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post #16 of 257 (permalink) Old 2016-02-25, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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@NeilN : There is no reason I can think of that the 8300HD wouldn't work (tuning and PVR) with whatever channels you'd get with skinny, same as what existed with basic or whatever package you have.

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I agree. If the Rogers SA 8300HD will work with an existing cable package then it should also work with skinny basic. The only reason it would not is because Rogers doesn't want it to.
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@57 I got this box ages ago (when it first came out, I think) and can't quite recall if I originally had to pay a monthly "PVR fee".

Here's what I'm paying now:
Digital VIP Cable * $73.99
Digital Services Fee $2.99
NHL Centre Ice $0.00
HDTV Channel Pak $0.00
HDTV Specialty Channel Package $9.95
Customer Choice Package $19.02

No doubt I'll lose the free Centre Ice with skinny but you're saying I can replace the $73.99, $9.95, and $19.02 charges with a $24.99 charge and keep the PVR capabilities?

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@NeilN : Why not? There are plenty of people already paying for basic packages and using their own PVRs.

There was even a Digital Lite package for around $15.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/37-r...ml#post2331785 See post 98.

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I can replace the $73.99, $9.95, and $19.02 charges with a $24.99 charge and keep the PVR capabilities?
I assume you know that you'll lose a lot of channels and only get the ones in the skinny basic package.

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@57 Thanks. Between this and the "Eliminating The Landline" thread, it looks like Rogers and Bell are going to get a lot less money from me.

Edit: Yes, I'm watching a lot less broadcast TV because of Netflix and Youtube

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I like the $0 "Shopping Channel" package Rogers has...guess nobody wants to pay for them, and they have to ask to get them - why not include them for free with the basic package?...
Skinny basic can only include the specialty channels that are on the CRTC mandatory list. Those shopping channels are actually advertising channels and are probably free to Rogers. I've heard rumours that TSC actually pays cable companies for channel placement.
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There was even a Digital Lite package for around $15.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/37-r...ml#post2331785 See post 98.
As the poster of post 98, I can confirm that I still have the Digital Lite package, now called "Lite TV", on my own SA8300HD.

(The price was just increased to $16.99 as of yesterday, Feb 24/16.)
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Which shows you that $25 per month for skinny basic isn't such a great deal. I wonder if they will scrap that package in favour of charging more for a skinny basic.
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I'm considering returning to Rogers after cutting the cord 5 years ago - I moved and my new neighbourhood has very poor OTA reception... So I was eagerly waiting details on the new "skinny basic"...

Now I am perplexed - Rogers has had a "Lite TV" option all these years that includes Canadian networks, US 4+1 and a few specialty channels, but due to the CRTC requirements they now have a skinny basic that offers less but costs more? What am I missing here? Does anyone have a list of the "Lite TV" channels?
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My guess is LITE will be GONE as of the first..

People would still be able to grandfather it.. but may not be able to be added anymore.

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Frankly this pricing is ridiculous. Its like they are slapping the CRTC (and us) in the face. $24.99 for Starter and then $18 to add sportsnet?!?! That is already more than what I pay for Basic TV ($40.48) with far less channels. You don't even get CP24 . . . whats the point?!?!?
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I was actually adding everything up last night if we were to switch to the 'skinny' packs, it would cost an extra $20 a month to get the packages with the channels we actually watch and of course we would still be paying for a bunch of channels we don't. The way I figure it is that you block the channels you don't watch and create your own skinny package, chances are your paying less with more channels you DON'T watch .. good old Rogers land.
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Now I am perplexed - Rogers has had a "Lite TV" option all these years that includes Canadian networks, US 4+1 and a few specialty channels, but due to the CRTC requirements they now have a skinny basic that offers less but costs more? What am I missing here? Does anyone have a list of the "Lite TV" channels?
I don't know when Rogers first offered it, but I have had the Rogers Lite TV package since Nov 2, 2013.

I can't find a complete list of the Lite TV channels posted online. See the link posted earlier in this thread for a rough summary of the channels.

The Lite TV package has been adequate for me and I agree that it will likely no longer be available from Rogers starting March 1.

To date, Rogers has not advised me as to the status of my Lite TV subscription, only that it is going up by $1/month with my next billing.
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Rogers New TV Packaging Options

Here are the new packaging options from Rogers, in advance of the March 1st CRTC deadline requiring cable and satellite providers to offer a skinny basic package:

http://redboard.rogers.com/wp-conten...eb-24-2016.pdf


Rogers' skinny basic package is called Starter Package, which is $24.99 per month AND includes US locals. The link also includes their new theme pack options.

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I own 5 digital boxes, how much is the fee if I opt for the new "basic" or "plus" package?

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