Rogers Cable To Go Fully Digital

I have just received an email from Rogers saying that they “will soon be fully upgraded to an all-digital format for improved picture and sound quality”, which means that they will be dropping all of their analog channels soon.

Customers that use digital set top boxes will not require additional equipment. But Rogers will be providing digital adapters free to customers that have simply connected their televisions to their outlets via and their customer service department at 1-800-530-4034.

The other cable networks may choose to follow Rogers’ example so keep an eye out on your statements and emails.

Gift Card Offers & More

Paypal is offering 10% discounts on iTunes digital gift card purchases until 10pm Eastern on December 30th, 2014. This offer is only valid on $25, $50 and $100 demonitation cards. Click here for details.

BTW, there is also a boxing day sale on this year’s top films on iTunes. Enjoy.

Library and Archives Canada’s Secret Deal

I’ve been keeping an eye out for details on this secret deal for several days now, since the Ottawa Citizen broke the story.

Apparently Library and Archives Canada has decided to contract out their digital conversion. And instead of consulting the archivists of Canada, they entered into secret negotiations with in exchange for an exclusive contract that would last ten years.

Unfortunately this deal may translate into user fees for Canadians who want to access anything considered other than “basic” on the database. And the Ottawa Citizen article mentions a $10 per month fee for this online access, making some wonder why Canadians need to pay to access their own material.

Having accessed these services for decades for free, I am concerned that these fees may shut out researchers like yours truly. Will I be able to access this database for free at the Archives in Ottawa ? Will individuals have access through their public library for free ? Will students be able to access the database via their university or college for free ?

Yes, it is quite expensive and time consuming to digitize material. But what will happen after that contract expires ? The public has clearly not been consulted and were not given answers as to what is involved here.
And this is why I signed the petition and may also consider contacting my local Member of Parliament over this issue.

Please consider doing this as well on this Canada Day weekend.

Galaxie Goes Mobile

Stingray Digital has just released a free applicationicon enabling people to listen to the Galaxie music service.

This 48 commercial free music streaming service is primarily distributed on digital cable systems in Canada. But now for $4.99 a month or $9.99 for three months or $39.99 for a year, Apple product users can access these channels. Additional information can be found by clicking the following :

Galaxie Mobile - The KARAOKE Channel