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Rogers launches Anyplace TV Home Edition for iPad, lets users watch 25 live channels in the home


We were on hand yesterday to see Rogers launch its new Anyplace TV Home Edition app for iOS. The draw here is something that US cable companies have been offering for a while, and goes beyond what Bell and Telus are offering with their smartphone-based PVR controllers.

Alongside what Rogers is calling its Nextbox 2.0 experience, AnyPlace TV HE endeavours to emulate a remote control for your cable boxes, set recordings for your PVR(s), and watch one of 25 live channels while connected to your home WiFi network (on Rogers, of course). The premise is simple but powerful; the tablet is fast becoming the second screen for many users, as they flip through web pages or read about the shows or movies they’re watching. Anyplace TV HE endeavours to provide that same experience but within a Rogers-branded context.

You get a full guide, showing you where you in the day and what content you can expect on a give channel. You can flip quickly to a specific channel, or use the included remote applet to browse as you would with a physical controller. You can search for a favourite show, set it to record, and then watch some CBC on your tablet while the game is playing on your television. The app can also be used on iPhone as a guide and remote control.

Rogers is promising future releases of its Home Edition app for Android, which will be released before the end of the year, and for Windows 8 tablets, which has no current release schedule.

Considering this is a free — and extremely useful — addition to any home with a Nextbox PVR set up, Anyplace TV Home Edition is a great product.

Download Rogers Anyplace TV Home Edition for iOS.

Via: Redboard

  • Martin Chmiel

    Let’s hope they are also working on a BlackBerry 10 version of the app.

  • D

    Does this work with the 8300HD PVR?

    • Ojamali

      Yes. 8300hd is compatible. U must have Rogers cable and Rogers Internet with wifi for it to work.

  • Brad F

    Wow.. NICE!!

  • Stu Gautz

    If you do not have an eligible box, then call 1-888-Rogers1 or visit a retail location to purchase one.

  • skazzers

    What is this crap Rogers? Give me an APP that allows me to control and VIEW my cable channels on any Android / IOS / Windows device then we will talk about innovation.

  • Porilaisten

    I stopped reading at “Rogers”

    • Brad F

      I kept reading after iPad and got really excited at the “app for iOS” part.

  • Kevin L

    Wow – I cam finally record on my PVR remotely with the new 8642 box.

  • nik

    i want nothing to do with robbers…i have cancelled everything with them

    • WirelessBoy

      Great news! So we will not have to hear from you again! Best news I have heard today.

  • Netguru

    Since this works over wi-fi, is the idea of watching 25 channels on your tablet Rogers attempt to get you to blow through your monthly download limit and incur extra charges? Hmm…I wonder.

  • JimJones

    How much does the net box cost though? I mean for me it’s not a HUGE deal to miss a few seconds of tv if i need to use the washroom… There being a lockout makes this even less appealing

  • DocB

    Agreed Netguru!
    I wonder if use of the app counts against your monthly download limit. If it doesn’t, then that would be innovative. If it does, I don’t see how its any different (other than the PVR programming part) from the previous AnyPlace TV net offering.

    • Netguru

      DocB, that would be nice if Rogers didn’t apply it toward the download limits…but that’s not how Rogers does things.

  • abc123

    Who watches live TV with all the commercials anyways? The way to go is on-demand with NO commercials… and be able to watch it anywhere – not just at home.

    • Don

      You sound like a fatty. A kissless fatty…

      :(

  • Leo

    Is this another one of Roger’s Scams: I picked up their Nextbox 2.0 months ago with the hope of being able to watch shows on my iPad. So Rogers VIP cable (check), Rogers Nextbox 2.0 (check), Apple iPad (check), 100mbps internet connection with Fiber (check)…then Rogers, SORRY!! the Nextbox capabilities are only available if you have Rogers Internet. *FacePalm* you have got to be kidding me.

    So Rogers Anyplace TV, does it require Rogers Internet????

  • Knox

    Dear “Office of the President” of Rogers Cable:

    Did you know you have customers in New Brunswick who don’t have access to ANY of these whiz-bang features … and don’t have something like 30 of the HD channels Ontario has? And did you know our bill is the same as a customer in Ontario despite a ton of glaring items missing for NB Customers??

    With much loathe,

    Knox

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