Plenty of things about television – and the way we watch it – have evolved since the dawn of cathode-ray tubes and wonky rabbit-ear antennae, but change has been happening at warp speed in recent years and Rogers™ NextBox™ 2.0 is at the forefront of a whole new level of awesome.
Think of NextBox 2.0 as your all-in-one best friend when it comes to entertainment – it’s your digital TV, PVR, remote control and internet services rolled into one incredible package. With NextBox 2.0, your TV viewing is no longer limited to a few dozen channels and whatever happens to be airing when you turn on your set. Now, you’ve got a wealth of programming at your fingertips. You can catch up on all your favourite shows – whenever you’d like – and watch brand new movies the same day they’re released on DVD. Plus, you can pause and rewind live TV, enjoy time-shifting channels from the east and west coasts, and much more.
The world of TV and home entertainment today is light years beyond what it was just 20 years ago. Here’s a look at a few more ways NextBox 2.0 has enhanced and elevated the TV-watching experience since 1993.
NOW: You can watch live TV on your tablet from anywhere in your home.
THEN: You went to the TV, the TV didn’t come to – or with – you. Watching live TV meant heading to the living room or basement or whichever room in the house boasted the cable hook-up, and sitting in front of your bulky tube-television set. Portability? Not so much.
NOW: You can search TV listings and change channels with your tablet and our integrated app.
THEN: If you didn’t have a subscription to TV Guide or a copy of the listings from your local newspaper, finding out what was airing when became a guessing game… or an extended round of channel surfing. And that channel surfing meant relying on the lone remote control and hoping its batteries hadn’t died.
NOW: You can see who’s calling with Caller ID right on your TV.
THEN: Inevitably, while sitting down for the season finale NYPD Blue or game five of the Stanley Cup Playoffs or a gripping movie of the week starring Cheryl Ladd, the phone would ring at the most suspenseful, climactic moment of whatever you were watching. To get up from your comfy couch and answer it or not – that was the question.
NOW: You can enjoy thousands of titles online with Rogers Anyplace TV™.
THEN: You were at the programming mercy of television executives and were stuck with whatever they chose to put on their schedules. (On television, of course, not the then-embryonic, text-only internet.) Primetime options consisted of four American networks, three Canadian networks, a few of premium-cable channels and a dozen or so local and affiliate stations. If you didn’t like what was on, well, you were out of luck.
NOW: You can record 2 HD channels at once.
THEN: Recording your favourite shows could turn into the Sophie’s Choice of entertainment – with a VCR only able to record one channel at a time, and a VHS tape capable of recording a maximum of six hours (eight if you bought the expensive kind!), you needed to choose wisely. Four amazing shows all on at the exact same time? You had to watch one, tape one, hope someone you knew had an available VCR to record the third and, probably and sadly, forsake the fourth.
To learn more about NextBox 2.0, visit rogers.com/nextbox