Cable boxes suck. Rogers sucks.

Here’s something I don’t get…

If I buy a cable box outright, with my own money, why is it that Rogers thinks they’re entitled to an opinion about what software options are enabled on it?

For example, cable boxes have the ability to let you hide channels you don’t subscribe to. The manufacturers support this. But Rogers blocks it. They want us to have to flip through pages and pages of channels we don’t care about. Why are they able to do this to us? I know why they want to: because they’re greedy controlling pricks. But why are they able to?

Why are they able to push unwanted firmware changes onto a box they don’t own? Usually, there are laws against that kind of thing. If I hacked into Rogers’ computers and changed all their screensavers so they had to look at pictures of me every day, I’d get years in prison. How is it that they are allowed to do it to me?

If I buy a cable box with my own money, I don’t want their filthy digits grubbing around in it. Is there no way to take back control of a box that I own? Is there no way to keep the rat bastards out?

1 Response to “Cable boxes suck. Rogers sucks.”


  • Why should we need Rogers cable boxes at all? DRM, that’s why. All modern TVs have digital tuners. Dropping DRM would also allow us to use any PVR — particularly software on a PC which I would much prefer. I would settle for allowing a Rogers-specific decoder card in a 3rd party PVR or PC.

    So far, I have stayed with old analog cable: it works with my PVR software which I really only use for kid shows and it has an up-to-date TV guide. Anything *I* want to watch, I just download in High Def, commercial-free and at better quality than Rogers cable provides. If I could use my own PVR, I’d switch to digital cable in a heartbeat and wouldn’t need to download.

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