Telecommunications giant Bell Canada this week began notifying consumers that it is raising phone, internet and television rates in the New Year.
Effective January 1st, 2012, Bell is raising television rates by $3 a month, phone rates by $2 a month and internet rates by $2 per month plus the maximum usage overage fee will be increased by $20.
In a broadcast decision handed down today, the CRTC has approved an application by Bell Media for a new national English language Category B specialty channels called Bella.
Category B channels are stations licensed by the CRTC to broadcast within defined formats but are not guaranteed cable or satellite television carriage rights.
Bell and TVA Group have signed an agreement which see four TVA Group speciality channels – TVA Sports, Sun News, Yoopa and Mlle – added to the Bell Fibe and Bell Satellite TV line-up.
The four channels are expected to be available on Bell systems by December 15, 2011.
Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2011.
BCE, which includes Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, Bell Media, Virgin Mobile, and the Source, reported a 8.7% increase in operating revenues to $4.9 billion and a 41.4% increase in net earnings to $642 million, when compared to the same quarter in 2010.
Bell this week informed its wholesale internet customers that Bell will be moving wholesale internet traffic to new network facilities beginning in November 2011, facilities where bandwidth throttling practices will not be applied.
The announcement means Canadian internet users who are receiving internet service from wholesale providers – also known as third-party Internet access providers – will not have their bandwidth throttled.
Rogers today announced it will not pursue a bid for the Canadian broadcast rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games as part of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.
“We had an option and chose not to exercise it.” said Rogers Media President Keith Pelley.
In the last five years, the amount of high definition programming on television has exploded but unfortunately the storage capacity of many HD PVR’s has remained virtually unchanged.
To deal with the problem, companies like Bell TV have resorted to offering consumers the ability to connect an external hard drive (EHD) to their HD receivers. This updated FAQ, first published in January 2009, answers many of the commonly asked questions we get at Digital Home surrounding external hard drives for Bell Satellite TV.
Motorola Canada has announced the Motorola XT860 4G (known as the Droid 3 or Milestone 3 south of border) will be available from Bell Mobility later this summer.
Features of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered device include: dual-core 1GHz processor, 4.0-inch qHD touchscreen display (960×540 pixels), slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard, and an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video.