[GTALUG] Rogers Analog lineup [was Re: best choices for tiny mlinux media centre in 2016?]

Alvin Starr alvin at netvel.net
Sun Jan 10 10:23:57 UTC 2016

Generality these guys are using h264 encoding in an mpeg4 wrapper.
I was talking to a someone a year or two ago who was looking to use h265.

The currently CRTC licensed and active  providers that I know of are 
Zazeen and VMedia.
There is also a company called ATOP(atoptv.com) that has a CRTC license 
but do not have any venture capital funding like the other two guys.

A quick look around shows up some guys called wowtv that seems to have a 
service but I am sure its not CRTC licensed.

and there is 
whose service was running out of Montreal when I looked at them a few 
years ago but I have a feeling they are not CRTC compliant but that is 
just my feeling.

In Canada all the "TV" content is regulated which  means that any IPTV 
provider has access to all the content sources that the big boys use.
The downside is that most of the content is owned or licensed through 
Rogers or Bell and these guys are making it hard for small providers to 
get a foothold.
One example is that one of the sports channel providers(names are not 
being used to protect the guilty) insisted that if you took the SD feed 
you had to take the HD feed per subscribed customer. This meant that you 
had to charge your customer for both feeds or eat the cost.

On 01/09/2016 09:57 PM, David Collier-Brown wrote:
> No, It's not really clear what they're offering. Channels, yes. How, 
> no!  --dave
> On 09/01/16 02:52 PM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
>> Mildly on-topic:
>> Has anyone here tried
>> ​ Zaz​eem?
>> - Evan
>> On Jan 8, 2016, at 11:15, Lennart Sorensen 
>> <lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca <mailto:lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca>> 
>> wrote:
>>     On Fri, Jan 08, 2016 at 07:51:35AM -0500, David Collier-Brown wrote:
>>         I like the fish tank, but switching to encrypted digital
>>         instead of plain digital is just a scheme to make me retire
>>         my MythTV in favor of their tied PVR offering. 
>>     I am sure we are not that important to rogers.
>>     On the other hand freeing up bandwidth from the analog channels for more
>>     channels and more cable modem bandwidth is useful to rogers.
>>     Now if they can get more people to buy their pvr to replace a VCR,
>>     I am sure rogers doesn't mind that.
>>     I suspect for most people of course, spending $500 on the rogers pvr that
>>     has 8 tuners and 1TB storage, or spending $300 on the HD box + $300 on
>>     the HDPVR to get one tuner to work with your mythtv box, well I just
>>     think most people go with the rogers box option.  Not me, but most people.
>>     I don't think mythtv users were ever much of a concern to rogers.
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