While BES is only currently offered to customers in the GTA, it runs on the same platform as Bell's new "Fibe" internet offering which is also VDSL2 based.
Heck - based on posts I've seen online, it even seems to use the same modem.
This service is now available throughout Ontario and Quebec, so it seems only a matter of time until IPTV follows suit.
I completely disagree with the impact this could have made commercially. PR
and Marketing have the potential for a huge impact, and they really could have used the Olympics to their advantage by providing exclusive content.
I know I only started by talking about the missing channels - and you are right, we should get the majority of that content on other stations, but for new and interactive features, it could have really been a showcase.
What really has the potential for the most exposure/impact are the articles written by press and other media pundits - not your average Joe Blow spouting in online forums.
Stuff like this really builds buzz and excitement. Instead, there will be nothing highlighting this as a new and interesting service.