When I bought my HDTV I received a Rogers HD cable box free for one year. Now, sadly that free period is over. Faced with the prospect of paying the monthly rental fee of $12.95 for the box I decided to buy one instead.

Future Shop sells Rogers cable boxes to Rogers customers in Ontario. They offer three different high definition boxes.

Rogers Explorer 4250 High Definition Cable Box - $269.99
Rogers DCT 6200 High Definition Cable Box - $299.99
Rogers DCT 8300 High Definition PVR Cable Box - $549.99

There did not seem to be much of a difference between the features of the Explorer 4250 and the DCT 6200. The rental box was not a PVR and I did not think that the higher cost of the PVR DCT 8300 was worth it. So I decided to buy the Explorer 4250.

I always email my friends about discounts that I could get through my work and ask them about the discounts that they could get. Swapping employee discounts with your friends will save you money.

The Explorer 4250 was on sale for $249.99 after a $50 discount last week, with tax my total would have been $282.49. I called my friend who works at Future Shop and he was able to get the box for $200, taxes included. That saved me a further $82.49 off the sale price.

I checked Craigslist to see if the HD box would retain its value. I found an Explorer 4250 on sale for $220. So as long as Rogers did not reduce the retail price, the box would retain its value.

The monthly rental from Rogers would have been $13.60. I will have recovered the full price of the high definition box after 15 months. Even if I was to sell the box earlier, I should be able to recover most, if not, all of the purchase price because the box is selling at a higher price that what I paid.

When buying a used Rogers box from anywhere, ask for the serial number and phone Rogers (1-866-894-9962) before purchase to make sure it's not stolen or a rental. The serial number of the box is a 9 digit alpha-numerical number. Also make sure that the seller has deactivated the box from his account. Rogers will not activate a box that is still active at another address.

Call Rogers and authorize your new box. Then return your rental box to a Rogers video store. Make sure that you receive a receipt for your rental return. Once the rental has been returned your new box should be activated automatically.


  1. NG // November 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM  

    Thanks for your information!

  2. DGW // November 9, 2008 at 10:10 AM  

    Last Month I got 2 HD Boxes at BadBoy Furniture for 250.00...great deal

  3. TT // October 26, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

    Thanks for sharing your research! I am in the same position now as you were last year.

    I bought a 4250 HD box for $199 (regularly $249) from The Source on the weekend. The sale is on until Nov.4, 2009. Rogers is also offering a promotion right now where they will give you $50 in HD subscription credit for buying one of these boxes.