Vancouver’s AM 650 goes Russian for Olympics

During the Winter Olympics, from February 12th to 28, Vancouver’s “all-time favourites” AM 650 will become Russia’s leading music station, Autoradio.

Broadcast in Russian, Autoradio will feature the station’s morning show personalities playing today’s popular music.

MTS lays Fibre to the Home in Winnipeg neighbourhood

MTS said today that it has launched an advanced Fibre to the Home (FTTH) network in Waverly West, a new neighbourhood of some 500 homes in Winnipeg’s south-west quadrant.

FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows telecommunications providers to offer numerous services such as high definition television along with very fast internet speeds.

Corus shuts down two Montreal AM radio stations

Corus Entertainment announced today that AM Info690 Montréal and AM940 Montreal’s Greatest Hits will cease operation on January 29 at 7 p.m.

The company said the two AM stations were unprofitable and simply not viable anymore.

Bell TV expected to offer remote access for HD PVR programming

According to rumours from the Canadian wireless blogosphere, Bell TV is expected to begin offering remote HD PVR access beginning February 12th.

If true, the new feature would allow owners of the Bell 9242 and 9241 HD PVR to schedule recordings and manage their PVRs library of shows remotely from their smartphone and possibly from their computer through a Bell remote PVR website.

Saints-Vikings thriller draws record television audiences

The NFC Championship Game on Sunday night game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings was the most watched NFL playoff game ever (excluding the Super Bowl) in Canada.

The CBS broadcast, which was simulcast on CTV in Canada, attracted an average of 2.6 million viewers.

CJOY Guelph denied move to FM

In a surprising broadcast decision handed down today, the CRTC has denied an application which would enable radio station CJOY in Guelph to move from the AM band to the FM band.

Corus owned CJOY, which currently operates Oldies music station on 1460 AM, had requested to operate a 9,500 watt station at 95.7 FM.

MTS to expand wireless coverage in Manitoba

MTS Allstream Inc. said today it would expand its CDMA wireless network to eight new rural Manitoba communities in 2010, including the port of Churchill in northern Manitoba.

The company says work on installing the sites is already under way in several locations and will cost approximately $2 million to complete.

Canadian Blast concert airs live on Sirius tonight

Sirius Canada announced today it would be broadcasting Canadian Blast, a live concert from the Official Residence for Canada in Los Angeles.

The concert, which honours Canadian artists nominated for the 2010 Grammy Awards, will feature live performances from Canadian artists Hey Rosetta!, K’NAAN, and Dan Mangan.

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