Montreal Canadiens app for Bell customers only

Ahead of their home opener tomorrow night, Bell has announced the introduction of a Montreal Canadiens mobile app for the Android, Blackberry and iOS platforms.

Unfortunately for most Canadians, including most Montrealers, the app will be unavailable to them because Bell is restricting its use to Bell Mobility customers.

By restricting to only Bell Customers, the company has continued the trend in Canada where major wireless providers such as Bell, Rogers and Telus are force to take out wireless plans in order to view content. Rogers has done much the same with mobile apps it has released over the last several years.

The practice of requiring consumers to purchase a service in order to make use of another product or service is known as “tying” and is considered illegal in many countries.

For example, in the United States, most states have laws against tying, which are enforced by state governments. In addition, the United States Department of Justice enforces federal laws against tying through its Antitrust Division.

With the recent purchase of CTV by Bell and the Global Network by Shaw, its likely Canadians will see more of these “tied” applications be produced in the future.

For those in Canada that are “tied” to the Bell Mobility service, the app will provide news and official team statistics, and will enable users to vote for a game’s three stars.

For the first time in Canadians’ history, the three stars of the game will be selected by fans, rather than by members of the media, with voting online or by mobile phone.

Discuss in Digital Home’s Bell Mobility forum.


6 Responses to “Montreal Canadiens app for Bell customers only”
  1. FrancoisJ says:

    I should have chosen bell for my iPhone 4. I have Telus and they Will be the last to offer good tv on mobile because they dont have any tv Channel. Cmon Telus wake up

  2. vip3r says:

    The NHL or more specifically the Montreal Canadiens should make their own app on all networks. Bell just lost me as a potential customer.

  3. Keith says:

    Stupid Bell. I wish the Canadiens had partnered with a reputable, honest, good corporate citizen. By associating themselves with Bell, they are tarnishing their own good name. This is exactly the type of thing that made me move ALL of my services to another provider. Bell will never get another single penny out of me.

  4. Cambo says:

    Don’t blame just Bell. As the article says, Rogers and Telus are also guilty of this practice. This practice has been banned in the US, however our Bellus owned CRTC allows it.
    Something is really wrong when the content deliverer is also the content provider.
    BTW, there’s nothing in this “app” that you can’t get on a standard mobile browser, just with a bit more “clicking”:

  5. Blank says:

    Only Bell and Rogers could find a way to kill the collaborative spirit of the App Store. In lieu of using innovation to create value for their customers they shaft a nation. I hate Bell and Rogers.

  6. MR.Hockey says:

    Go habs go! Leafs are last place