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Effective September 16th 2010, Bell TV will be launching "On Demand" or Video on Demand service. Bell TV customers will be presented with a selection of newly released HD movie titles. Within this dedicated selection, the customer can choose any HD movie title for immediate playback.

Upon selecting a video title, the customer is charged a specific fee and gets unlimited access to the title for a pre-defined window of time (typically 24-48 hours).

The "On Demand" service will be available in English and French.

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  • Only 10 newly released HD movies will be available with the "On Demand" service at a time
  • Only Bell TV customers with HD PVR MPEG-4 receiver models (9241 and 9242) will have access to the service (Nimiq 2 installation is required)
The cost the "On Demand" service will initially be introduced at $6.99 for each HD movie ordered
 

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FWIW, I do not know how this is going to work. Here is a previous thread from a few years ago on ExpressVu on Demand which may be of interest to folks wanting some background.
 

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There will be a software update to all 9241 and 9242 receivers today.

New versions:
9241 – V237
9242 – V187

This new software will also enable support for 2TB external hard drives and resolves the previous issue where some customers could not access interactive television applications.

The receiver will need to be connected to an active phone line or internet (directly to the modem/router or through a Home Connect Kit (Homeplug adapter) for the On Demand to work.
 

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will it work with all pvr receiver? Will it be only movies? Or we are going to get something like, tmn on demand, mpix on demand?

if i have a white modem(wireless) from sympatico, can i plug it my receiver with a phone line wire?
 

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from what I understand, access to On Demand events has nothing to do with the ethernet connection. Phone line might be necessary just like regular ppv purchases but again the absence of a phone line won't prevent these On demand events from appearing in your program guide
 

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Bell has not released any specifics so I think we will have to wait until tomorrow (and after the firmware updates) before we can answer all the questions.
 

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will it work with all pvr receiver? Will it be only movies? Or we are going to get something like, tmn on demand, mpix on demand?

if i have a white modem(wireless) from sympatico, can i plug it my receiver with a phone line wire?
It will only work with 9241 and 9242.

At the moment there will be 10 movies available at a time. No idea if there is anything planned for TMN or MPIX on Demand.
 

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from what I understand, access to On Demand events has nothing to do with the ethernet connection. Phone line might be necessary just like regular ppv purchases but again the absence of a phone line won't prevent these On demand events from appearing in your program guide
Ordering a Movie On Demand works pretty much the same at ordering a PPV. If your receiver isn't hooked up to a phone line you can still order by phone through an Automated Service Representative, or a CSR.
 

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I hope we can still record the on demand content as we do currently with PPV. I wonder if the HD movies will be 1080P as well (using MPEG4), which was rumored here recently.

-Mike
 

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How would ordering work if the modem connection dor=esn't work? My 9242 detects the hook up when it is there but won't let me order PPV through the modem, or has Bell eliminated that option?
 

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scrooloose, while I'm speculating here, I'm pretty sure that these 10 movies will be resident on your hard drive already. You likely won't be allowed to "record" them, as On Demand content providers tend to not allow this.
 

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scrooloose, while I'm speculating here, I'm pretty sure that these 10 movies will be resident on your hard drive already. You likely won't be allowed to "record" them, as On Demand content providers tend to not allow this.
That is correct. Your receiver downloads the movies when it's in standby, so when you do want to watch one you don't have to wait for it to download/buffer before you can start.

Also, they will be in 1080P. I'm sure that not every single movie will be in 1080P, but hopefully the majority of them are.
 

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That is most likely correct. Dish announced this technology several years ago. The movies are downloaded when the receiver is idle and stored on the hard drive. $6.95 seems a little steep, especially for an introductory price. They are probably counting on impulse buying for sales. I currently rent BD movies for about $3 each so Bell's pricing is way out of line.
 

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That is most likely correct. Dish announced this technology several years ago. The movies are downloaded when the receiver is idle and stored on the hard drive. $6.95 seems a little steep, especially for an introductory price. They are probably counting on impulse buying for sales. I currently rent BD movies for about $3 each so Bell's pricing is way out of line.
It is correct. I have the National Install Bulletin directly from Bell right in front of me :p
 

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one question?

If BTV downloads these 10 movies in 1080p, from my understand(could be wrong here) that it takes more room on your Hard to store them then if it was done in 720p.

In anycase if in deed they download these movies, won't they take up space on a subs Hard drive and what if that hard drive is almost full wil they delet some of your programing stored on your hard drive? :confused: :rolleyes:
 

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one question?

If BTV downloads these 10 movies in 1080p, from my understand(could be wrong here) that it takes more room on your Hard to store them then if it was done in 720p.

In anycase if in deed they download these movies, won't they take up space on a subs Hard drive and what if that hard drive is almost full wil they delet some of your programing stored on your hard drive? :confused: :rolleyes:
Directly from the National Install Bulletin:
This DOES NOT affect the receiver's recording capacity as the On Demand content is stored in another location on the receiver.
I'm assuming that the hard drive must be partitioned, and they already have some space set aside from the start for future use, such as On Demand content.
 

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I believe that is also correct. These 1080p movies will not take up more space than regular HDTV. For one, they are compressed with MPEG4 which provides much better compression than MPEG2. For another, they are most likely encoded at 24fps, like BD, instead of 60fps or 30fps like 720p and 1080i HDTV. Once the numbers are crunched, there is not a huge difference between the three formats.
 

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I believe that is also correct. These 1080p movies will not take up more space than regular HDTV. For one, they are compressed with MPEG4 which provides much better compression than MPEG2. For another, they are most likely encoded at 24fps, like BD, instead of 60fps or 30fps like 720p and 1080i HDTV. Once the numbers are crunched, there is not a huge difference between the three formats.
ah ok :confused: I guess. Not exactly sure what you said, but I guess you know what your talking about.
 
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