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Hi I know quite a bit more about it, or should especially since I along with our team have been up all night getting the website ready for the launch, among a million other things. I am still acquainting myself with DH's business promotion rules, so I won't get into too much, but we will be up and running very shortly(we um reset the clock a bit...)
 

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Seems to be a bit of negativity in the G&M comments section about this service, including some from Hugh himself, which I don't get - don't we want to encourage competition in this space, if only to drive some innovation?

RE: lack of a-la-carte choices - Isn't this more a factor of CRTC rules than anything else? VMedia's site says that they are planning "UChoose" and "standalone" offers by mid-May.

RE: no HD package - from VMedia site - Every channel that we offer which comes in HD, we deliver in HD. All SD channels at launch which have HD versions will be converted to HD by mid-May.

RE: Expensive hardware - $60 to purchase a set-top box. Priced a Rogers box for purchase lately? There's an option to rent it for $6/mo but in 10 months I've bought it. How often do you change TV providers? I don't want to watch TV on my computer, I want to watch it on my TV, so some type of set-top box is expected.
 

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The lack of a la carte choices isn't really the CRTC's fault. To some extent you can blame them for the stuff that is forced to go on basic, but the channels and their restrictive/protective contracts are to blame for much of the bundling that goes on.
 

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Simple for me, no PVR, no sale.

Even if you can live without a PVR, how about this from their FAQ.

Do I need a separate VBox for each TV and is there an additional fee?
A VBox is required for each TV set to enable content delivery and all the interactive features. There is a fee of $6.95 for each additional TV set because of the added data usage.
If you have three tv's then you are going to pay $14 a month on top of the prices on the website.

With three TV's the premium basic would be $53.95 per month plus $14 a month equals $68. If you got the kids and sports package then that would be another $24 a month. $92 bucks a month for something that uses up all your internet bandwidth?
 

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cut the cord recently.. to bad they require you to get internet through them or else id have signed up today. O well.. ill just keep waiting for zazeen
 

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I like how they put basic to $0 a month though. To the person who said will this be available in BC, it would probably take them a long time to bring it to BC since they are not only new but a small provider. It's also cool how you can run apps that came from the Google Play store.
 

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Is this cheaper than cable TV? Is it live or on demand?

Is it H.264, H.265 (new) or proprietary compression?

Sounds like it'll chew through your bandwidth post haste.
It's only cheaper than traditional cable TV in certain instances. If you're accustomed to the mid to high end tiers with your cable provider, you'll likely find Vmedia to be more expensive.

The channels are delivered live, and you must subscribe to Vmedia's internet in order to get their IPTV service, which happens to be unlimited.
 

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George and Alexei from VMedia were kind enough to give me a tour of the VMedia facilities in Toronto last weekend and talk to me about their business.

I've posted some of my observations on their technology and the challenges they face on my blog. Hopefully it will be helpful for those thinking of subscribing to their IPTV service.

Article link: VMedia Launches IPTV Service
 

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Thanks for looking into this,interesting article.I tried to get them on the phone last week but kept getting cut off mid-conversation from their call centre.
I would potentially be interested in their sports only package,but would want TSN included in this, which seems to be in the basic package which I DONT want.
 

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The unfortunate problem in the end is that this is still structured a lot like a standard BDU. You need to get the basic package before you can get what you actually want.

Until the CRTC modernizes the regulations, we're going to be stuck with the same old same old.
 
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