Happy 10th anniversary to the PVR in Canada

As Digital Home approaches its tenth anniversary in December, we’d like say happy anniversary to one of the most talked about consumer electronic devices on our website over the last decade. Happy 10th Anniversary to the Personal Video Recorder (PVR) in Canada!

The first PVR in Canada, the Bell ExpressVu Model 5100 was released on August 8th, 2001. In the orginal press release, Bell described the 5100 as a satellite receiver that had the ability to pause real-time television programs and “tapelessly” record almost 30 hours of standard definition television programming on a 40-gigabyte hard drive.

Nine out of ten Canadians subscribe to cable, satellite or IPTV

Nine out of ten Canadians subscribe to cable, satellite or IPTV

Number of Telus TV subscribers tops 400,000

In financial results released recently, Telus announced that as of June 30, 2010, the company had over 403,000 television subscribers in Western Canada.

That number is up 28% from 314,000 at the end of 2010 and up more than 75% from 228,000 on June 30,2010.

Telus adds BabyTV to its Optik TV line-up

BabyTV, a 24-hour commercial free television channel for infants and toddlers has been added to Telus’s Optik TV line-up.

The station is available in English and Mandarin to Optik Family theme pack subscribers and in French as part of Telus’ Famille pack.

Bell TV expands its IPTV footprint to more than 800,000 households

In financial results released today BCE said it continues to expand its Internet Protocol Television capable footprint in communities across Ontario and Québec.

During the first three months of 2011, the Bell IPTV footprint grew by 60% to encompass more than 800,000 households in Toronto and Montréal, up from approximately 500,000 homes passed at the end of 2010.

MTS lets you control your PVR from anywhere

Following a recent upgrade to the software that drives its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service, MTS has announced a new feature called “MY PVR.”

The MY PVR service enables MTS television customers to add, change or delete video recordings on their Whole Home PVR (Personal Video Recorder) from any internet connected computer or select mobile device in the world.

Bell Aliant announces FibreOP 2.0

Bell Aliant today announced the launch of FibreOP 2.0 in New Brunswick.

Features of the upgraded service include faster internet service and the introduction of Microsoft Mediaroom on its television set top boxes, the same software used by Bell, MTS and Telus.

Fibre-to-the-Home coming to St. John’s

Bell Aliant said today it will spend $22 million in order to bring a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to approximately 60,000 homes and businesses in St. John’s Newfoundland.

FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows telecommunications providers to offer numerous services such as high definition television along with very fast internet speeds.

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