Bell Canada has spent $157 million to extend its growing Fibe TV service to Ottawa, bringing its coverage to 3.8 million households. Ottawa follows Montréal, Toronto, Québec City and multiple other locations in Ontario and Québec to be able to get the IPTV service.
Bell Canada has marshaled its wireless and wireline telecommunications capabilities to create a new application that expands TV viewing for subscribers with access to Android, iOS and BlackBerry devices via Wi-Fi or mobile connections.
Telus has become the latest service provider to make its IPTV service portable with the introduction of its wireless digital Optik TV box.
Pay phone use continues to decline as more consumers turn to cell phones for voice service, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission has denied a proposal by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Télébec to raise local payphone rates to between $1 and $2 for calls charged to a credit card or a prepaid calling card.
Bell Media, a subsidiary of Bell Canada, has completed its $3.4 billion acquisition of Astral Media, a deal that immediately advances its standing in the country's media and television markets.
Bell Canada Enterprises, the parent company of Bell Canada, has received the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's approval of its $2.9 billion acquisition of broadcaster Astral Media with a number of conditions. With this final approval in place, they will complete the deal on July 5.
Bell Canada Enterprises has extended the deadline to complete its $3.4 billion acquisition of Astral Media to July 31 as it awaits final regulatory approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
Bell Canada has taken its 'no-new-wires' home networking approach up a notch with a new wireless set-top box. But Jim Barthold opines that Bell's move, like that of AT&T's wireless STB, has benefits beyond its TV everywhere capability.
Bell Canada has become the latest--and as far as I know only the second--major IPTV service provider to go forward with the idea of a wireless set-top box. I predict success, but according to some of the comments I've read, I'm not sure the folks at BCE understand just how popular this feature might be
Service providers, according to an IHS study, are finding that so-called 'no-new-wires' methods to distribute video and data throughout the home network offer the best price and capacity.