Rogers Kicks Out News About The World Cup And Fido Has A New Phone [UPDATED]

Here’s some news for football (that’s soccer for you North Americans) lovers in Canada. My “best friends at Rogers” sent me some news on that front:

Dropping you a line to let you and your blog readers in on how to catch every second of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on the screen of your choice. Convenience is especially important this time around for soccer fans since, because of the time difference, more than two-thirds of the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches will take place during the Canadian workday.

SO HOW CAN YOU CATCH 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP?


(More info can be found on our official blog Rogers RedBoard, at the official Rogers FIFA 2010 microsite and in today’s press release, which has a photo you can use.)

  • Visit Rogers On Demand Online to get free, live streaming and catch-up of all 64 matches in English with a variety of matches available in French, Spanish and Italian, plus scores, schedules, game highlights, team and player previews, match recaps and more. Available exclusively for all Rogers customers, including Wireless.
  • If you’re a Cable TV subscriber, watch all of CBC’s coverage of the tournament in conjunction with Radio-Canada, digital channel bold, CBCSports.ca and Radio-Canada.ca on your TV. You can also watch Italian and Spanish broadcasts on Telelatino (TLN).
  • If you’re a Digital Cable TV customer, you can catch up on and replay every second of action in high definition and standard definition on Rogers On Demand, Channel 100. All matches are available in English with some available in French, Spanish and Italian.
  • Get your FIFA fix on the go with the Rogers on Demand Mobile application that lets you live stream every game on your smartphone as well as get recaps and highlights after the whistle for a one-time fee of $10. Costing $5 a month to use, the app is coming soon for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone devices. Pick them up soon via the Android Market, Rogers mobile portal (URL mobile only) and iTunes App Store, respectively.
  • Click on the Rogers 2010 FIFA World Cup mobile portal, free for Rogers Wireless customers, featuring ringtones and wallpapers, schedules and SMS alert packages. Text SOCCER to 555 for premium video highlights, penalties, warm-ups, team interviews & more.

OTHER WAYS TO SHARE YOUR PASSION!


  • As a bonus, you can also download the Soccer Fan Frenzy app for your smartphone, featuring soccer sounds (including Olé, Olé; Gooaall!! and more), the ability to wave your favourite country’s flag and even red-card a friend. It’s available for Apple iPhone, Android devices and BlackBerry. Customers can text “Soccer” to 555 and get a link to download the app, while non-Rogers customers can search for “Fan Frenzy” in BlackBerry App World.
  • Follow real-time updates on your favourite teams in English, Italian and Spanish on Twitter and Facebook, and comment on the games as you’re watching at rogersondemand.com.

Interesting. Footy fans can clearly get their fix with no problem. Also, I got news on a new phone on the Fido network:

Just a heads up that the LG Gossip is now available from Fido.

The LG Gossip is the latest quick messaging device to be added to Fido’s lineup and includes:

  • A full QWERTY keyboard
  • 2MP camera with video capture
  • Bluetooth 2.1

The device is $0 with a two-year Fido Agreement.

It seems like an interesting phone and the specs reveal that it has a decent feature set. It might be worth a look.

UPDATE: A reader pointed out the following via the comments:

You said:
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Visit Rogers On Demand Online to get free, live streaming […]. Available exclusively for all Rogers customers, including Wireless.
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But the Rog RedBoard post ( http://redboard.rogers.com/2010/goooooooal-catch-every-second-of-the-2010-fifa-world-cup-on-the-screen-of-your-choice/ ) says their cost for on-device streaming is:
– a $5/mo (RECURRING!) app is needed …
– PLUS $10 for FIFA access.

PS: CBCSports.ca is making live streams available FOR FREE!
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/soccer-fans-to-get-world-cup-fix-online-for-free/article1588263/

I asked Rogers to clarify and Rob Manne was kind enough to send me this response:

There’s a difference between Rogers on Demand Online (RODO) and Rogers On Demand Mobile (RODM).

Rogers On Demand Online is designed to be accessed by computers using an Internet connection. The FIFA content outlined below is at no additional charge to Rogers customers.

Rogers on Demand Mobile is a specially-designed app for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry users. It offers the FIFA content via the subscription model.

Does that clear it up? Y0u may want to check http://www.rogers.com/FIFA when you have a minute for full details.

Thanks Rob!

BTW, thanks to the reader for the link to the CBC.

2 Responses to “Rogers Kicks Out News About The World Cup And Fido Has A New Phone [UPDATED]”

  1. You said:
    ==========
    Visit Rogers On Demand Online to get free, live streaming […]. Available exclusively for all Rogers customers, including Wireless.
    ==========

    But the Rog RedBoard post ( http://redboard.rogers.com/2010/goooooooal-catch-every-second-of-the-2010-fifa-world-cup-on-the-screen-of-your-choice/ ) says their cost for on-device streaming is:
    – a $5/mo (RECURRING!) app is needed …
    – PLUS $10 for FIFA access.

    PS: CBCSports.ca is making live streams available FOR FREE!
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/soccer-fans-to-get-world-cup-fix-online-for-free/article1588263/

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