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Rogers Ignite TV (IPTV) Discussions.

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This thread is for Rogers new IPTV (Ignite TV) discussions:

I have been contacted recently regarding Ignite TV (IPTV). I would like to share the following information, which may provide a good summary for those who need to know some of the technical information. The Ignite CSR was very knowledgeable addressing my questions well.

1. Since I currently own 4 Rogers boxes, I wanted to run at least a couple of these in parallel with Ignite. This is not possible. You need to switch completely.

2. I have existing Internet and Home Phone (yes, I still have a home phone) but even those change somewhat and become part of the Ignite bundle.

3. Ignite does not run Navigatr firmware. It runs something different and has numerous “nice to have features” like searches that can include Netflix or YouTube. If you wish to see what the interface looks like, search the web for “YouTube Xfinity” which is the Comcast system. Or go to YouTube and search “Comcast Xfinity.” or use other similar search terms. Rogers is not identical, but similar. If you search the Rogers Website for “Ignite TV”, there are several additional links available.

4. There is one “Modem” that can be placed anywhere in the home (what we usually call the demarcation point). The various boxes that you would use for various TVs in your home are wireless (can also be wired to the modem, but the modem only has 2 Ethernet ports). The “modem” takes care of everything – TV, Home Phone, Internet, however it doesn’t have internal battery backup, so I would suggest a UPS for anyone considering Ignite. If there are issues with the wireless operation, Rogers will supply hardware to make things work (like a switch). A UPS may or may not keep the system up because the battery backup in the Rogers node near your home may be missing or useless. In this case, everything (including home phone) will be down. Most people have a cell phone, but be aware.

5. From the FAQs it looks like you can record up to 8 simultaneous recordings.

6. There is no Hard Drive to save your recordings. Your recordings are allocated to a space “in the cloud” (Rogers Servers?). You can record up to 200 hours before programming would automatically be deleted (oldest first). There also appears to be a one-year time limit, so no archiving beyond that. In the future there may be an option for more storage at additional cost, but this should be more than adequate for most families. It appears that you can download recordings to an app, so there is a bit of archiving possible that way.

7. All the TV set top boxes are 4K and the 4K channels are included at this time.

8. The remote has a voice command option (you press a button and talk into the remote). This allows you to search for programming, set recordings, etc. It also allows “voice guidance” (for visually impaired - see the YouTube Videos, etc.)

9. The FF and REW speeds should be similar to what we have with Navigatr on a NB3/9865, however, I would have to check myself to see how “responsive” the commands are when compared to the 9865, which is “instant” when it comes to pressing Play/Pause, etc. I know I could not put up with the slow response that I see when using VOD for example. I do not watch any live TV, only recordings, so the button presses must be acted on instantly. There is apparently a programmable “skip” feature, which allows you to skip forward various times (in say minutes). I don’t know the limitations of this skip feature, but perhaps we can get feedback once people have Ignite in their homes and use these functions.

10. The TV boxes only have HDMI out. If you wish to connect to an older devices without HDMI, you’ll need to purchase a converter.

There are way too many features for me to go into in this one post, the YouTube videos and searches of Rogers Website will provide lots of additional information for those interested.

Here's a summary of things that IgniteTV doesn't do.

  • TV Call Display
  • “on” Channel (goes to last channel instead)
  • No DD5.1 on cloud recordings (is available live and OD)
  • Time off? (extend recordings) Done Automatically
  • Latency/ping issues as discussed in the Rogers Forum
  • Emergency Alert doesn’t cancel
  • Recordings deleted after one year (without warning).
  • No Guest Mode on Modem/Router

Although I’m not going to discuss exact pricing, it will vary with your package. For example, I currently have the grandfathered Ultimate VIP with Movies. In order to get something similar with Ignite TV, I’d be on the “Premiere” TV package, plus have to pay a bit more for some channels that are not in Premiere. I was provided with the option to have 500 mbps/unlimited Ignite Internet, along with a Home Phone package similar to what I currently have. Unfortunately, the price of all this was a lot more than I’m currently paying. I therefore declined to switch at this time. At this price point, I don’t believe that Rogers will get many “average customers” to switch. There are no appreciable "discounts" for Ignite. This price point appears to be for early adopters or people in the top 5%. It’s not a matter of “too little, too late” because the technology appears to be great, but I would say it’s “too expensive, too late.” This will be a tough sell for Rogers with many people looking at cord cutting or cord minimizing - not at increasing their bills.
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Can you get Ignite TV standalone or does one have to go the bundle route?
Its seems every other day I have to reset the red C button to sudscribed. Its a real nuisance.
I'm glad that your coverage extends to 3 houses over and across the street. But will that not cause issues with your neighbours WIFI?
One thing to consider, if you cancel Rogers digital service and then decide to go back to Rogers, then Rogers will put you on Ignite. You will not be able to go back to Digital service.
Well you were fortunate that all boxes could be connected via wire. Is it ethernet or cable that is run to each box? I for one do not want to try and fish new cables through out my house. Thats like going backwards. Most seem to like the wireless feature.
I to would like to switch to Ignite, however there is no value added to do so. I own 3 Rogers boxes and rent 1. To switch I would have to go back to renting boxes. Over the years I saved a ton of money by not renting. My house has cable outlets in almost every room so I don't need wireless boxes. I don't want to move around wireless boxes either to save on renting the 4 that I want. Lastly I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket and totally rely on internet and home phone services and TV from 1 vendor.
Did you switch to Ignite with the understanding that you would be doing beta testing for Rogers?
Why would anyone want to watch Oliver jewellery ads?
Samsung still supports my 2014 Smart TV. Just got an update last week. I am very pleased with Samsung support.
Friends of our switched to a Bell fibe bundle because they were offered a really good deal. What they were not made aware of was that their old reliable anolog phone service was replaced with VOIP. Recently during a Bell internet outage they were very upset that the phone was not working as well. They are an elderly couple and had difficulty understanding what had happened. They assumed that the phone would still work no matter what.

I imagine the same would happen with an Ignite bundle?
I for one do not believe in putting all my eggs in one basket (bundle). I'm with Rogers for digital TV, not ignite. My internet and VOIP with a third party using Bell backbone. All was fine here except for my Paygo Rogers cell service.
It does cost me a bit more to not bundle with one vendor but it is well worth it. Oh I also have UPS backup for my computers, ATA and modem. Life is good!
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Do the ignite STB boxes and remotes not have an RF option as well as the IR?
With Rogers Digital service, I find the 1080i excellent. The largest screen is 43" and from 10 feet away 1080p does not look any better.
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