Bell Satellite customers angry over new on-screen ads

Bell Satellite TV (BSTV) recently rolled out a new firmware update (version 189) for the company’s 9241 and 9242 dual tuner HD PVRs which Digital Home readers report has added little in the form of new functionality but has added one new major annoyance.

Within the last few days, BSTV viewers have begun complaining about new banner ads showing up at the base of their onscreen program guide.

Discovery HD now airing on Bell Satellite and Fibe TV

Discovery Channel HD, a high definition version of the Discovery Channel, launched today on Bell Satellite and Bell Fibe TV.

If you’re scratching your head thinking, didn’t Canada already have the Discovery Channel in HD then you are not alone.

Bell raising Internet and Fibe TV prices in May

Bell Canada this month has informed its Internet and Fibe TV customers in Ontario that they can expect a monthly fee increase $3 per month beginning in May.

Meanwhile, customers in Quebec will face monthly fee increases of between $1 and $3 per month starting next month.

Average Bell TV subscriber spends $75 a month

The average Bell television customer spent $74.79 a month on television services in the fourth quarter of 2010, up 5.2% from $71.12 in the same quarter of 2009 according to figures from Bell’s recent financial statements.

Sex Shop TV’s Vanessa now on

Vanessa, a Montreal based French language adult pay television channel which went live on October 28th, announced this week on its twitter feed http://twitter.com/Van3ssaTV that the station will be part of the Cogeco, Videotron, and Bell Satellite TV line-up by the end of this week.

The station is the brainchild of Anne-Marie Losique, a French television host and producer whose stated goal is to produce a Canadian version of the Playboy Channel.

Bell Satellite TV drops HDNet

In the information section of its Electronic Program Guide Bell Satellite TV (BSTV) is telling customers that, effective December 7th, it will no longer offer HDNet.

Bell has not given any reason for dropping the popular high definition channel, however, HDNet representatives tell Digital Home readers the decision came after Bell told the station that it would be moving HDNet to a less desirable theme pack, a move the station did not want

CBC Edmonton and Regina now on Bell TV

Starting this week, CBC affiliates CBXT in Edmonton and CBKT in Regina have been added to the Bell Satellite TV (BSTV) service.

CBC Edmonton, identified as CBC-E, will air on channel 230 while CBC Regina, identified as CBC-R will air on channel 247.