Bell adds four HD movie channels to its Fibe and Satellite TV line-ups

Bell announced this week it has added the Hollywood Suite of high definition (HD) movie channels to its Bell Fibe TV and Bell Satellite channel line-up.

TV Top 10: What Canadians Watched on Television in 2011

Recently released ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) Canada provides a snapshot of what Canadians were watching on television over the past 12 months, and Canada’s national pastime ranks at the top.

IPTV in Canada: An update

In 2005, cable companies began offering cable telephony , also known as VoIP or digital phone service, to its customers for the first time. Since that time, the big four cable companies – Cogeco, Rogers, Shaw, and Videotron have taken more than 386 million landline phone customers away from the big Canadian telephone companies.

To offset losses in telecommunications, Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, MTS, Sasktel, Tbaytel, and Telus have decided to take on the cable companies by offering cable customers IPTV or Internet Protocol television, a technology that enables telephone companies (Telcos) to deliver television programming through phones lines.

Myth: Bell Fibe TV is Fibre to the Home

In my mailbox this week, I received an offer from Bell Canada which offered the Digital Home Bell Fibe TV for a discounted rate.

In a glossy brochure that accompanied the offer Bell Canada stated that Bell Feb TV was “a new TV service delivered through our new state-of-the-art fibre optic network.”

Cogeco Cable adds more family friendly fare to its line-up

Kids whose parents subscribe to Cogeco Cable will be happy this week after the broadcast provider added two family friendly stations to its Ontario and Quebec digital channel line-up.

In Ontario, Cogeco kids can look forward to Disney XD while kids in Quebec can now watch the French language Disney Junior.

TSN World Junior Championship Hockey Schedule

Starting Boxing Day, TSN and TSN2 will be broadcasting twenty-three World Junior Championship games including the playoffs, and Bronze and, of course, the Gold Medal games on January 5th, 2012.

Rumour: Wind Mobile in talks to acquire Mobilicity

Bloomberg news is reporting today that Globalive Communications, owners of Wind Mobile, are in talks to buy Mobilicity.

Privately held Mobilicity currently offers wireless service in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver while Wind Mobile offers service in starting at $25 per month.

Bell will end bandwidth throttling next March

In a letter sent dated December 19, 2011, Bell Aliant and Bell Canada have informed the CRTC that they’ll stop the practice of Internet Traffic Management Practice (ITMP), commonly known as bandwidth throttling, on March 1st, 2012.

For the past several years, Bell has been slowing down peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing application traffic between 4:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. because these programs were clogging the networks and negatively affecting time sensitive applications.

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