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.
In financial results released today, Telus announced that as of September 30, 2011, the company had 453,000 television subscribers in Western Canada.
That number is up 70.3% from 266,000 at September 30, 2010 and up more than 230% from 137,000 on September 30, 2009.
The South Asian community in Western Canada received some good news today when the Asian Television Network (ATN) announced that Telus will be adding eleven ATN channels to its line-up.
With nineteen channels from ATN, Telus Optik TV now has more South Asian Television stations than any service provider in Western Canada with channels in such languages as Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Tamil.
Optik TV, Telus’ Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service, has recently updated the firmware that powers its digital television receivers to Microsoft Mediaroom 2.02.
Digital Home readers have complemented Telus on some of the new features, such as the ability to record programs from secondary digital terminals, however many complain about a substantial decline in picture quality.
In financial results released today, Telus announced that as of December 31, 2010, the company had over 314,000 television subscribers in Western Canada.
That number is up 85% from 170,000 at the end of 2009.
elus Corporation last week reported its financial results and subscriber counts for the fourth quarter of 2010.
The company reported operating revenues of $2.55 billion for the quarter, up 4.4 percent from the same quarter a year earlier, thanks to a nine percent growth in wireless revenue and seven per cent growth in wireline data revenues which more than offset declines in traditional voice services.
Telus announced today that Rogers Sportsnet One will be launching on its IPTV television service on September 22nd. The station will not be carried at this time on Telus satellite tv.
The announcement comes just one day after Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct said they would be carrying the channel. Sportsnet One launched on Rogers Cable on August 14th.
Four high definition channels from High Fidelity HDTV are now available on optik TV, Telus’ Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service in B.C. and Alberta.
The new channels, which can be found on channel on 643 through 646, are Oasis HD, Treasure HD, RadX and Treasure HD.