Rogers lowers download caps in Canada after Netflix announcement

Rogers Communications announced that they will be making adjustments to their current Internet service plans, and not for the better.

Just days after Internet movie streaming company Netflix announced that they would be expanding their empire into Canada, Rogers Communication released their lower monthly download caps. The changes directly affected two of the six available plans by Rogers, which range from 2GB to 175GB a month.

Customers who signed up after July 21 will notice that the “Lite” and “Extreme” services have been changed. Lite customers will now only have a 15GB cap, compared to 25GB before. The Extreme monthly cap package has been lowered from 90GB a month to just 80GB. The Extreme package will also get a boost from 10Mbps to 15Mbps, while the Lite plan speeds were unchanged.

Customers who signed up before July 21 will remain unchanged.

Rogers is the second largest Internet service provider in Canada, next to Bell, which offers similar services as Rogers, but offers faster and more affordable Internet service plans. Other companies like TekSavvy lease network access from both Rogers and Bell, while offering unlimited cap plans.

Rogers' timely move might not only just be a cash grab for the company, but to protect its own version of Netflix, called Rogers On Demand, which offers users streaming TV shows and movies over your cable box or web browser. The service includes both free and paid video entertainment and allows you to rent movies or TV shows for 24 hours.

Thanks to NeoXY for the news tip!

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If you want Alternatives to Rogers check out http://www.ihaterogers.ca I just came across this and once I move out of my Student Apartment and my Contract is done I'm def done with Rogers. I call them every bill I get because I have an extra charge, they are constantly making changes to my account that I have to rectify and everytime I'm over charged it somehow ends up being my fault when "one of their CSR" told me something else.

If you don't believe me read Rogers ToS, you'd be surprised at how shocking some of the stuff you agree to.

Lucky me! I'm in the netherlands, 80 mb (Megabits) download speed, and 20 mb upload speed. Unlimited ofcourse. OOh, and my isp is upgrading there speeds every year by 5-15 mb.

fanobliv said,
Lucky me! I'm in the netherlands, 80 mb (Megabits) download speed, and 20 mb upload speed. Unlimited ofcourse. OOh, and my isp is upgrading there speeds every year by 5-15 mb.

Yeah but those speeds are quite pointless because there are very few servers in the world that would take advantage of that much bandwidth. In other words, you will be bottlenecked by servers. Still, I would not mind having those speeds just so I could gloat

To any Rogers exec. that may be viewing this thread, first of all I'd like to wish you a warm GO **** YOURSELF and second, I will be canceling my VIP cable and express Internet and going to 3web (sorry but tekksavvy has too many additional fees I don't agree with) and will get netflix when it comes here. That's my way of boycotting Rogers.

So I've been an Extreme customer for almost a year now....does that mean my cap doesn't change but I'm still at 10Mb/s?

MistaT40 said,
So I've been an Extreme customer for almost a year now....does that mean my cap doesn't change but I'm still at 10Mb/s?

The article
Customers who signed up before July 21 will remain unchanged.

I would think so.

Everyone will be implementing caps pretty soon so for those saying, "glad I have xxxx," you will be capped soon enough. The good thing is that for most ISPs, you can get unlimited, you just need to pay extra for it. If downloading whatever it is you do is worth it to you, then knock your socks off.

When i first read this article i thought it said that rogers increased there download caps lol..

Also..

"Rogers' timely move might not only just be a cash grab for the company, but to protect its own version of Netflix, called Rogers On Demand, which offers users streaming TV shows and movies over your cable box or web browser. The service includes both free and paid video entertainment and allows you to rent movies or TV shows for 24 hours."

Rogers on Demand sucks, very limited shows (especially hd) and episodes take forever to get on the service, so really Netflix is a much better value whether ROD is free or not.

OK well I am with Vianet (Eastlink) and get 15Mbps/1Mbps with no cap. I am sooooooo glad Rogers isn't in our area.

Alex_The_Cat said,
WTF? People in places like China and Eastern Europe get unlimited services and while here they cap our bandwith?

Exactly. Like this month alone ive burned through 1,2 TB. Well, mostly just because I can.

Alex_The_Cat said,
WTF? People in places like China and Eastern Europe get unlimited services and while here they cap our bandwith?

its because YOU the people let them!! if everyone said **** IT, im gonna pay the penalty for ending the contract early, and then go with a smaller but GOOD ISP... then they would have to change their ways, but since most people are ******* and cheap, they wont.

COMHEM here in Sweden tried this years ago, we said, **** it, we are not gonna for bandwidth used up by ADS! =)

Ronnie Sunde said,

its because YOU the people let them!! if everyone said **** IT, im gonna pay the penalty for ending the contract early, and then go with a smaller but GOOD ISP...


In the US, we don't have contracts with our ISPs, so there is not a penalty to worry about, but the problem is that in any given area, you generally only have one or two options for internet service.

Ronnie Sunde said,

its because YOU the people let them!! if everyone said **** IT, im gonna pay the penalty for ending the contract early, and then go with a smaller but GOOD ISP... then they would have to change their ways, but since most people are ******* and cheap, they wont.

COMHEM here in Sweden tried this years ago, we said, **** it, we are not gonna for bandwidth used up by ADS! =)

Uhhhh find me a "smaller" ISP....sorry to break it to you but here in Canada we have only the big 5 to chose from (and most area only have 2 of them, in the west they have Shaw and Telus, east we have Rogers and Bell and Quebec has Bell and Videotron)

The only "smaller" ISPs are resellers and they just resell services provided by the big 5

roadwarrior said,

In the US, we don't have contracts with our ISPs, so there is not a penalty to worry about, but the problem is that in any given area, you generally only have one or two options for internet service.

I wish that were true. I'm locked into a contract with Comcast for TV, Internet and VoIP. If I cancel out of contract, $350.00 cancellation fee. It's also the only cable provider in my area, and direct tv has horrible signal problems... so I'm stuck with this. Even though quite literally everyone complains, our mayor still renews with comcast and signs 10 year contracts...

roadwarrior said,

In the US, we don't have contracts with our ISPs, so there is not a penalty to worry about, but the problem is that in any given area, you generally only have one or two options for internet service.

Comcast in Michigan has been trying to lock new subscribers into 1 year contracts.

BillDozer357 said,

Comcast in Michigan has been trying to lock new subscribers into 1 year contracts.

Shaw Internet in Western Canada is contract-free if you choose. I love their service...unless they pull a Rogers and start enforcing caps.

Killa Aaron said,
i got Comcast i get 20Mbps Dl & 10Mbps Up, 250GB Cap 55 $ a month but i never reach the 250GB Cap
I wish

Killa Aaron said,
i got Comcast i get 20Mbps Dl & 10Mbps Up, 250GB Cap 55 $ a month but i never reach the 250GB Cap

Wait... how... In New Jersey I have 25Mbps down and 5Mbps up, 250GB Cap, and I'm paying ~$75 a month.

giantsnyy said,

Wait... how... In New Jersey I have 25Mbps down and 5Mbps up, 250GB Cap, and I'm paying ~$75 a month.

There is different Tiers for Comcast. I believe that the 20mb/s is the lowest tier hence costing 55 but I am not 100% sure as to what mb/s qualifies over the 55 dollar a month deal but I am assuming that yours does being you spend 75. You're going to have to call Comcast and talk to them about that one. Also I am from New Jersey if you want to reach me and you have aim my s.n is xcradl3x0fxfilth. I may be able to assist you because I know someone.

Wow I just got downgraded and I have been with Rogers for over 20 years, *******. Well it was pretty obvious for that to happen since most of Canada is on a Rogers network.

wow, i feel so sorry for those in the east

if shaw in edmonton ever actually enforced their caps I'd be done for ... I require at least 400gb per month, sometimes over a TB (lots of 1080p bluray rips with DTSMA)

Shaw is Rogers... same company just different naming. Used to be Shaw in the east and Rogers in the West but they switched. Shaw offers already 15MB in the west but looks like Rogers is slowly catching up to the services already offered by Shaw. Even though they do have caps not many are monitored as far as I can tell. Good thing too since many would complain and go elsewhere for services.

Morisato said,
Shaw is Rogers... same company just different naming. Used to be Shaw in the east and Rogers in the West but they switched. Shaw offers already 15MB in the west but looks like Rogers is slowly catching up to the services already offered by Shaw. Even though they do have caps not many are monitored as far as I can tell. Good thing too since many would complain and go elsewhere for services.

Errm, they are NOT the same company. I don't know where you heard that from but it is totally wrong. Shaw is based out of Calgary where Rogers is based out of Toronto.

Morisato said,
Shaw is Rogers... same company just different naming. Used to be Shaw in the east and Rogers in the West but they switched. Shaw offers already 15MB in the west but looks like Rogers is slowly catching up to the services already offered by Shaw. Even though they do have caps not many are monitored as far as I can tell. Good thing too since many would complain and go elsewhere for services.

Shaw and Rogers are NOT the same, they used to have similar products for internet (lol @home anyone?) but they're not related at all.

TekSavvy
Extreme Cable 10 Mbps 1 Mbps 200 $42.95

Damn I'd like that plan please instead of this

Orcon
Bronze ADSL2+ upto 24mbps 1mbps 27GB $74.95

The cap really depends on what area you're in too. I knew a guy who used to get 200 gigs+ monthly on a 100 gig limit and never got a call.

Piggy said,
The cap really depends on what area you're in too. I knew a guy who used to get 200 gigs+ monthly on a 100 gig limit and never got a call.

I swear they never forgot a damn byte and the end of the month when they charged me up.

Piggy said,
The cap really depends on what area you're in too. I knew a guy who used to get 200 gigs+ monthly on a 100 gig limit and never got a call.
That's because you're in the west, Shaw and Telus are VERY lenient with bandwidth.....

Rudy said,
That's because you're in the west, Shaw and Telus are VERY lenient with bandwidth.....

This is so true. I'm in British Columbia and have never been contacted by Shaw. None of my friends have either, whether they're on Telus or Shaw. I feel bad for the East.

SteveJobsIsADick said,
This is so true. I'm in British Columbia and have never been contacted by Shaw. None of my friends have either, whether they're on Telus or Shaw. I feel bad for the East.
I miss the west coast (for more than just the internet service lol)

sounds like Canada is finally catching up with New Zealand cap wise that is not cost wise we probably still lead the world in most expensive plans for **** all data cap

Let the government build and maintain the internet just like they do the highways.

Then there could be a lot of ISPs who actually have competition. Cable monopolies are the exact opposite of a free market.

Unwonted said,
Let the government build and maintain the internet just like they do the highways.

Then there could be a lot of ISPs who actually have competition. Cable monopolies are the exact opposite of a free market.

The PirateParty (PiratPartiet) in Sweden have started its own ISP, with that any customer is immune to any legal issues with downloading movies and music and whatnot. and They are also hosting PirateBay for the same reasons...

Anaron said,
By the way, if you're with Rogers right now... consider switching to TekSavvy: http://teksavvy.com/en/res-internet.asp

Actually, make the switch right now! You won't regret it.


You would if Rogers locked you into a three year contract... Were only 4 months in and absolutely regret it... But it shaved $50 a month off our bill

Anaron said,
By the way, if you're with Rogers right now... consider switching to TekSavvy: http://teksavvy.com/en/res-internet.asp

Actually, make the switch right now! You won't regret it.

Change your province to Quebec and you'll see the price for cable internet go WAY up I actually pay less than what they have advertised there .... so no reason to switch

Rudy said,
Change your province to Quebec and you'll see the price for cable internet go WAY up I actually pay less than what they have advertised there .... so no reason to switch

Blame Videotron. Teksavvy has minimal control on how much they can charge, because they themselves are being charged wholesale fees by the ISP (after all, it's their lines). For some weird reason, Rogers was offering better rates to TS than Videotron was, hence the lower prices elsewhere. Additionally, that's why DSL is still gimped at 5mbit, because Bell wants to hold that for itself. If UBB ever gets fully implemented, DSL users as a whole will be boned because anything over a 60GB cap will be overcharged like a mofo.

Napalm Frog said,
Blame Videotron. Teksavvy has minimal control on how much they can charge, because they themselves are being charged wholesale fees by the ISP (after all, it's their lines). For some weird reason, Rogers was offering better rates to TS than Videotron was, hence the lower prices elsewhere. Additionally, that's why DSL is still gimped at 5mbit, because Bell wants to hold that for itself. If UBB ever gets fully implemented, DSL users as a whole will be boned because anything over a 60GB cap will be overcharged like a mofo.
I know it's Videotron's fault but it basically renders the service from Teksavvy 100% useless since i can get the SAME (same speed and cap) for less with Videotron

Piggy said,
Getting rodgered by Rogers is nothing new. I'm glad Shaw is in our area now.

Shaw has pretty crappy limits to. Ive been using DSL and have gone over 500gb in a month during steam sales and other things, and never once got bothered as theres no official limit.

16GB a day average? HD 45min episode 1.3GB. If you were to use all that bandwidth it would be about 9h of HD content each day. Take 1h off for all your other bandwidth needs and that is still a heck of a lot of media conspumption. Sounds fishy to me.

McDave said,
16GB a day average? HD 45min episode 1.3GB. If you were to use all that bandwidth it would be about 9h of HD content each day. Take 1h off for all your other bandwidth needs and that is still a heck of a lot of media conspumption. Sounds fishy to me.

Bioshock 2 - 6GB download on Steam
Left 4 Dead 1 - ~ 5GB download on Steam

He said that he was having issues during steam sales, other things. Games are large downloads.

Cole said,

Bioshock 2 - 6GB download on Steam
Left 4 Dead 1 - ~ 5GB download on Steam

He said that he was having issues during steam sales, other things. Games are large downloads.


he downloaded the whole steam supply 3 times?