Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Downtown Toronto • Toshiba 52XL177 • HD DVD Toshiba • Rogers HDPVR Cisco 8642
OK, so let's be clear: what's being bandied about here as "On Demand like the cable guys do" is NOT POSSIBLE via Bell ExpressVu using existing satellite technology.
There is one service from DishNet which reserves a portion of YOUR hard drive space on your PVR to download a handful of movies that are locked to your drive. (Note also: this is not live streaming; it is pre-recorded content only.) If you choose to watch them, you buy them just like PPV, except you can fast forward, rewind, etc for 24 hours. But this is not what cable offers. Rogers, to take one example, offers 3000 movies and shows across 16 or more different services, some free, some subscription and some 24 hr PPV. The DishNet model will provide you, at best, a dozen or so feature movies at any one time. And whether you watch them or not, you'll be sacrificing precious hard drive space on YOUR PVR for the "privilege".
The second option is somehow magically making On Demand for satellite customers using the phone line. Hello! This is no longer satellite TV, is it?
There are a couple of variations here: but they depend on ditching satellite technology and moving to some form of wireline TV -- such as Verizon FiOS in the US which delivers a fibre optic link to your living room or the considerably inferior "fibre-lite" option AT&T U-Verse is using delivering fibre somewhere to the neighbourhood and hoping 500 or more homes will get "good enough" TV over their twisted pair legacy telephone wire. On Demand is possible using this route but, again, it's not available from Bell yet and it has nothing to do with ExpressVu satellite.