Thanks for the info Jagadis, very insightful!
Interesting comments about the service, especially since we are talking about Bell here?! I hope once the service is fully rolled out they offer some competitve packages (i.e. cheaper then Rogers or satellite) and I hope the packages are different then Bell TV. This is still in a test phase so don't go complaining about channels missing. Once the service is made available to the public, because right now its not, then the channel selection will increase. Actually they mention this on the website, that they will offer more channels and more packages by the end of the year.
The iPTV system has been active and in use for well over 2 years now in Condo's in Toronto, you you are NOT what I would include as part of the "pilot" scheme.
I think you are confused here, the service being discussed here is not the same as the one in condos. Bell TV for condos is only offered in large apartment complexes and well condos! This IPTV service is an alternative to cable and will be available to everyone- meaning in homes and apartments not just condos. Therefore since this is a different service then yes Jagadis IS part of a pilot project!
It seems people are jumping the gun here a little. This is a test project that is in beta mode, which means that they are currently testing the service and seeing how it works and identifying any problems. This is why it is only available in a few homes, they are the ones who have volunteered to test it out and see how the service works.
I noticed that they are actually charging you a monthly fee, why would I pay for something that is still in test mode?! When a new piece of software comes out you don't pay for it if its a beta release only when the final release comes out are you charged. I guess that is typical Bell, making you pay for something that might still have problems.
Does anyone know if you have to have Bell Internet service in order to subscribe to this or can you use any ISP??