Telus today announced that its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service in B.C. and Alberta, previously known as Telus TV, will now be known as Optik TV.

The company's IPTV offerings are similar to digital cable or satellite television except that tv signals are distributed to viewers using a high speed internet connection over phone lines rather than through a cable or satellite connection.

Powered by Microsoft Mediaroom, the service offers a networked multi-room Personal Video Recorder (PVR) which can be used by up to six televisions in the home, Video On Demand; Picture-in-Picture browsing and Call Display on your TV.

The service offers more than 450 channels including 40 in HD with subscription combos starting at $50 per month. The HD package starts at $75 per month. The PVR is priced at $399 or $15 per month rental while additional boxes for additional televisions can be purchased for $199 each or $10 per month rental. Installation costs are extra.

Telus currently has just over 200,000 IPTV and Satellite television subscribers in Western Canada. The company does break out the number of IPTV and satellite TV subscribers publicly but it is believed that the bulk of those 200,000 are IPTV subscribers.
Optik TV service is available in following cities in Alberta and B.C.: Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Grande Praire, Vancouver, Kelowna, Vernon and Whistler.
Service is available in following cities in Alberta and B.C.: Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Grande Praire, Vancouver, Kelowna, Vernon and Whistler.

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