Microsoft calls Xbox 360 update the “Future of TV”

Microsoft this week will roll out a firmware update for the Xbox 360 Video game console which the company is calling the “Future of TV.”

According to the software giant, the updated firmware will usher in a “new era in entertainment” giving Xbox owners “A single box that ties together all the content you want, made easily accessible through a universal, natural, voice-directed search.”

Rogers Cable begins trial of Digital Starter Pack in London

Rogers Cable has announced it will begin trials of a new TV package in London, Ontario next week called the Digital Starter Pack.

Available beginning November 8th and running until the end of March 2012, the Digital Starter Pack will include what Rogers calls “86 core TV channels” for $20.29 per month. Rogers says the price includes all monthly fees.

Rogers Cable turns off HDNet

Out with the old and in with the new appears to be the motto at Rogers Cable today as the company dropped the popular HDNet channel from its digital cable line-up and added the new Rogers owned FX Canada.

Rogers did not provide its customers with any rationale for why it was dropping the U.S. general interest television channel from its HD Specialty and HD Nature Themes pack.

Sun News Network added to Rogers and Cogeco Digital cable line-ups

The Sun News Network will become part of the Cogeco and Rogers digital cable line-up in Ontario beginning November 1st.

Sun News Network will be available to Cogeco digital cable customers in standard definition on channels 195 and in high definition on channel 705. Rogers customers in Ontario will find Sun News on channel 142 (SD) and channel 567 (HD).

FX Canada launches tonight on Rogers and Eastlink Cable

FX Canada, a Canadianized version of Fox Entertainment’s FX Channel, will launch tonight at 9 p.m. with a Halloween viewing of American Horror Story, a “psycho-sexual thriller” from the producers of Nip/Tuck and Glee, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

Teksavvy Cable Internet Service no longer Digital Home recommended

Founded in 1998 in Chatham Ontario, Teksavvy is a third party internet access (TPIA) provider which has been popular among Digital Home readers for several years for its DSL internet service. Just over a year ago, the company announced a cable internet service which would offer lower prices and more bandwidth than what consumers could get from Rogers Cable.

Rogers Communications posts third quarter results

Rogers Communications Inc. today announced its consolidated financial and operating results for the company’s fiscal third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

For the July to September quarter, Rogers reported overall operating revenues of $3.15 billion, up 1% from the same period a year earlier. Adjusted operating profits were $1.22 billion, virtually unchanged from the third quarter of 2010.

Rogers Cable

Rogers Cable Inc., a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc., is Canada’s 2nd largest cable television service provider with 2.3 million basic cable subscribers with almost three-quarters being of them also subscribing to digital cable.

The company, which offers cable service to 3.66 million homes in Southern Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, competes with satellite services Bell Satellite TV and Shaw Direct.

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