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shomi Now Available in Beta Trial for Rogers and Shaw Customers #readysetshomi

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shomi Launch at Rogers Bramptonshomi, the new video streaming service in Canada, was launched last Tuesday, November 4, 2014. It is available in beta trial first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers. Eligible Rogers customers can sign-up for a 30-day trial, after which will be $8.99 per month. If you only want to test it out, make sure to cancel at anytime before the 30 days are up.

Past seasons of current hit TV shows which are not available on any other streaming service (like Netflix) are available on shomi such as 2 Broke Girls, Revenge, New Girl (a few of the shows I watch). Other shows include American Horror Story, The Blacklist, Modern Family, The Originals, Rookie Blue, Sleepy Hollow, Shameless, Sons of Anarchy, and Vikings. 30% of the content will be Canadian content (both TV shows and movies). If you’re not sure what to watch, shomi has trailers, Rotten Tomatoes ratings, and factoids to help you in deciding what to watch.

shomi PopcornSo some may ask, what’s the difference between shomi and content on Rogers On Demand (ROD) or Rogers Anyplace TV (RAPTV)? ROD and RAPTV have access to multiple seasons of shows, as well as the currently-aired season, and newly-released movies the same day they are released on DVD. To access these however, customers must be subscribed to those channels airing those shows within their cable TV package, or pay on a per movie basis (for movie rentals). On the other hand, subscribers to shomi will have access to all video content available within shomi. shomi is complementary to the digital TV, ROD, and RAPTV services, not a complete replacement.

If you want to watch/subscribe to shomi on your Rogers set-top-box, it is available on channel 300 everywhere it’s offered, as well as on NextBox channel 100 in Ontario.

For more information on shomi, check out shomi.rogers.com or shaw.ca/shomi.

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Disclosure: I work for Rogers, however, all the opinions on this site are my own and do not in any way reflect my employer’s.

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Bloomberg Game Changers

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Bloomberg Game ChangersOne weekend a couple of months ago or so, my S.O. and I were looking for something to watch on Netflix and he found this documentary series called Bloomberg Game Changers. The series produced by Bloomberg TV features different business leaders and successful entrepreneurs who “climbed to the top and changed our world” in one way or another. There were a few there that really piqued my interest, namely:

The list above is hyperlinked to the series videos found on the Bloomberg TV website which I highly recommend to watch. The last one on my list above was actually not available at that time on Netflix and I had just watched it while writing this blog post.

It’s pretty cool learning about these people’s lives as told by their peers and colleagues leading up to the success in whatever they had created. Without these people, the world would definitely be significantly different than what it is today. All of them have contributed to making the world and its people more connected in some way. I think that’s something to be thankful for. (Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!)

Rogers NextBox 3.0

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I swapped my old set-top-box a few months ago (around December 2013), which I have had for at least 7 years, for the newer Rogers NextBox 3.0 (Cisco 9865HD). I haven’t really used it that much; my brothers, on the other hand, have used it more than I have. For those that are not familiar with it, no, it is not a Canadian version of an Xbox. It is basically that box you connect to your TV that enables you to watch “cable TV”, plus more. For those that love to record their favourite shows to watch for later, this box can record up to 8 HD shows at once. It also has a recommendation app that will give you suggestions on TV shows and movies to watch based on what you already watch. It also has a single app that turns your tablet into a TV remote control that also lets you use your tablet to stream live TV and manage your PVR. How cool is that? Also, if you are subscribed to the Rogers Home Phone service, you will have the ability to see who’s calling with Caller ID on your TV.

Rogers NextBox 3.0
Rogers NextBox 3.0

If you have a favourite channel, which I’m sure most people do, you will be able to personalize the NextBox 3.0 to start on that channel once you turn on the TV. How, you ask? Go into Settings > System > scroll down until you see Power on Channel then simply select the channel you want and that’s it! For more tips on making the most out of your NextBox 3.0, you can go on to the Rogers Redboard at http://www.redboard.rogers.com.

Disclosure: I work for Rogers, however, all the opinions on this site are my own and do not in any way reflect my employer’s.