But why take the starter and add those theme packs for $40 instead of just taking the current Basic TV for $40.48? Basic already has way more channels in it. Unless you are content with the starter package alone, I see no reason in taking it and adding the ridiculously overpriced themes.I must be one of the few who could take advantage of the starter package. Before I cancelled my Rogers TV because of Navigatr, my Digital VIP was around $80 less a discount for my ongoing problems with the Nextbox 3.
With that I recorded from 25 channels which I had set up in my favourites, although some channels had only 1 show or the occasional movie that were recorded.
I can get those 25 channels with the starter package plus one $10 theme pack and one $5 theme pack, bringing the total to $40. Of course I give up TSN, which I only used for F1 races and the Grey Cup so that is not worth $18/month to me.
The annoying part is that I can get most of the starter pack channels with an indoor antenna because I am just across the bay from the CN Tower. All I get extra with the starter is NBC and CBS, and I only recorded The Tonight Show from NBC.
So I can cut my cost in half, but I would still be stuck with Navigatr, which is more of a pain than it is worth to me. Since it may take the rest of this year to fix Navigatr, true pick and pay may be available before Navigatr is working properly.
I think most of you are missing the point: Basic at $40.48 has more channels, but does it have the channels I want?But why take the starter and add those theme packs for $40 instead of just taking the current Basic TV for $40.48? Basic already has way more channels in it. Unless you are content with the starter package alone, I see no reason in taking it and adding the ridiculously overpriced themes.
Basic includes AMC HD? Are you sure? This is the first I've heard of this. Perhaps you have it on free preview. AMC is considered a premium channel by almost all providers, including Bell and Shaw Direct.Oddly enough, basic includes more than what is listed on the website. For example, I get AMC HD but not in SD . . . I will have to check some of those other channels you mentioned but I am pretty sure it also includes Showcase if not all of them. Unfortunately since this is not advertised you would never know unless you had it.
On the March 1 deadline, Rogers unveiled its $24.99 Starter pack which replaced the Digital Lite deal.
The channel lineups for the two basic TV plans are similar: both include mandatory Canadian channels plus major U.S. networks.
But there's one big difference — price. Before taxes, the new Starter package costs, at minimum, $30.48 a month once you factor in a standard definition TV box rental. A high definition box costs more.
The pre-tax price for the now retired Digital Lite deal was $16.99 a month. The SD box was included for free.
So far, Rogers is letting Putman keep his now-defunct deal. But if he signed up today for basic cable, he'd have to shell out $13.49 more a month for the Starter pack.
In other words, since the new CRTC rules took effect, Rogers customers have to pay more for basic TV.
"Removing it is Rogers sticking it to the CRTC," a Rogers employee who asked to remain anonymous told CBC News.